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 ...

Feb 1, 2013

Budget shows old LDP stripes

The nearly ¥93 trillion initial general-account budget for fiscal 2013 approved by the Abe Cabinet shows that the old Liberal Democratic Party is back.