Aug 27, 2015

Lower House OKs bill to ban drone flights over crowded areas

The Lower House unanimously approved a bill on Thursday to ban drones from flying over crowded residential areas and airports, as well as the use of unmanned aircraft at night without the government’s permission. The bill to revise the Civil Aeronautics Law is aimed ...

Wins in Hokkaido, Oita lift ruling bloc's prospects

Apr 13, 2015

Wins in Hokkaido, Oita lift ruling bloc's prospects

The governors of Hokkaido and Oita won re-election to a fourth term Sunday as the first wave of the quadrennial unified elections produced victories for the Liberal Democratic Party-Komeito ruling bloc. In Hokkaido, Gov. Harumi Takahashi, 61, ran as an independent and beat rival ...

Dec 29, 2014

Pesky political fund problems

The return of Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc to a two-thirds majority in the Lower House has all but sidelined a spate of political fund problems that hit Cabinet members before the snap election. But it has not erased them.