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.

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. ...

Noda slams 'Abenomics' as pork

Oct 2, 2013

Noda slams 'Abenomics' as pork

Former Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Tuesday criticized current leader Shinzo Abe’s latest economic stimulus program as “pork.” “I cannot help feeling that it is pork-barrel spending,” Noda, a supreme adviser of the Democratic Party of Japan, said in a speech in Washington, referring ...

Aug 7, 2013

Watanabe sacks Your Party exec Eda

by Ayako Mie

The upheaval in the opposition camp shows no sign of letting up, as witnessed by the Wednesday sacking of Kenji Eda as secretary-general of the 36 Diet member Your Party, a move that may divide its ranks. Amid the opposition disarray, the Liberal Democratic ...

Jul 29, 2013

DPJ must overcome its crisis

Voters' vision of the Democratic Party of Japan has slipped to that of an also-ran and will remain as such until the DPJ can sell an alternative vision of Japan.

Opposition disparate; foe common

Jul 26, 2013

Opposition disparate; foe common

by Reiji Yoshida

Major opposition groups have been rocked by intensifying internal strife since the Upper House election, and with the secretaries-general of the Democratic Party of Japan, Your Party and Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) launching a nonpartisan policy study group next week, speculation ...