Jun 4, 2015

Abe's ruling party calls for cautious approach to AIIB

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling party called for a “cautious response” to an invitation to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, but will leave the decision to him, a draft report said. A panel of ruling Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers was tasked with ...

Mar 31, 2015

Local politics matter

Races for this year’s nationwide series of local elections kicked off with the start of official campaigns last week for gubernatorial elections in 10 prefectures on April 12 — the same day that local assembly seats in 41 prefectures and 22 major cities will ...

Farm minister denies returned donation was illegal

Feb 13, 2015

Farm minister denies returned donation was illegal

Farm minister Koya Nishikawa said Friday that he doesn’t regard a political donation he returned to a wood-processing company as illegal. Nishikawa was speaking to reporters after the Mainichi Shimbun reported Friday that the September 2012 donation to the Liberal Democratic Party’s branch in ...