Apr 8, 2014

DHC chairman calls resignation 'impressive' move

Following the resignation Monday of Your Party leader Yoshimi Watanabe amid a scandal involving ¥800 million in loans from major cosmetics company DHC Corp., its chairman, Yoshiaki Yoshida, issued a statement later the same day. “We can say that (Yoshimi Watanabe) has acted in ...

Embattled Your Party head under pressure to resign

Apr 5, 2014

Embattled Your Party head under pressure to resign

Your Party leader Yoshimi Watanabe is increasingly under pressure to step down from the top party post over ¥800 million in loans he borrowed from Yoshiaki Yoshida, chairman of cosmetics maker DHC Corp., shortly before national elections in 2010 and 2012. Keiichiro Asao, secretary-general ...

Eda stirs opposition shake-up

Dec 10, 2013

Eda stirs opposition shake-up

At the center of a possible realignment of the opposition camp, former Your Party Secretary-General Kenji Eda manages to gather some 50 Diet lawmakers as he launches a policy study group expected to lead to a new party.

Your Party splinters as Eda bolts

Dec 9, 2013

Your Party splinters as Eda bolts

by Ayako Mie

Lower House lawmaker Kenji Eda on Monday deserted Your Party, which he helped form four years ago, and took more than a third of the opposition group’s ranks with him to launch a new party. The breakup of Your Party underscored the worsening turmoil ...

Dec 8, 2013

Parties agree on necessity for secrets oversight panel

Several political parties Sunday agreed to hold talks to create a parliamentary panel to oversee the government’s designations of state secrets. The agreement came after the Diet passed controversial legislation late Friday night to toughen penalties against those leaking information designated as state secrets. ...