Jan 7, 2014

LDP's secrecy law propaganda

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is rebutting newspaper articles that have criticized the recently enacted state secrets protection law. But its documented arguments are far from convincing.

Protecting nature to protect ourselves

| Dec 21, 2013

Protecting nature to protect ourselves

by Stephen Hesse

This month’s column takes an intrepid look at efforts to expand protected areas in Japan and worldwide, areas that are essential to conserve biological diversity and mitigate natural disasters. “Intrepid” because ecosystems are the backbone of food and water security, and with national security ...

Nov 6, 2013

Don't undermine inheritance bill

After weeks of foot-dragging within the conservative ranks, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party finally endorses a bill to strengthen inheritance rights for children born out of wedlock.

Aug 23, 2013

Less Diet time by prime minister

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party wants to reduce the amount of time that the prime minister and Cabinet members are required to Diet committee sessions.

Mar 30, 2013

Diet OKs ¥13 trillion stopgap budget

The Diet on Friday passed a ¥13.2 trillion stopgap budget for fiscal 2013 to fund the government’s spending for 50 days from Monday, with the principal budget unlikely to be enacted before May. The provisional budget, the biggest of its kind ever passed in ...

Feb 23, 2013

LDP spurns merger plea by tiny Kokumin Shinto

by Ayako Mie

The Liberal Democratic Party has rejected a proposal by Kokumin Shinto (People’s New Party) to merge and instead is demanding that the three-man opposition force disband and the lawmakers be considered individually for membership in the ruling party. LDP Secretary General Shigeru Ishiba said ...