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 ...

Abe not in hurry to amend Constitution

Jul 22, 2013

Abe not in hurry to amend Constitution

by Ayako Mie

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Monday to stay focused on efforts to revive Japan’s moribund economy and to not aggressively pursue his goal of amending the pacifist Constitution, even though his Liberal Democratic Party-New Komeito bloc now controls the Diet. Speaking to reporters a ...

Jul 22, 2013

LDP rookie trounces DPJ vet on Okada's turf

Democratic Party of Japan candidate and incumbent Chiaki Takahashi, 56, lost his seat in Mie’s electoral district to Liberal Democratic Party rookie Yumi Yoshikawa during the Upper House election Sunday. The district is home to former DPJ President Katsuya Okada, who was known as ...