Nov 19, 2013

New Komeito split on gambling bill

Differences within New Komeito mean Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s coalition partner may not back submitting a bill to legalize casinos during the current Diet session. “I don’t necessarily think we will reach consensus on submitting the bill to the current session and moving forward ...

Sep 29, 2013

Komeito fires warning shot at Abe

New Komeito leader Natsuo Yamaguchi said Sunday the debate over lifting the ban on collective self-defense may affect his party’s coalition with the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who heads the conservative LDP, is intending to lift the ban by changing ...

Sep 12, 2013

Abe calls for debate on collective defense

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday that Japan must consider what role it should play in global affairs as he expressed a willingness to advance the national debate on lifting the self-imposed ban on collective self-defense. “We will consider and pursue where Japan should ...