Independent vows effort for disaster-hit Iwate

Jul 22, 2013

Independent vows effort for disaster-hit Iwate

Former reconstruction minister Tatsuo Hirano vowed Monday to do his best to act as a bridge between the government and disaster-hit communities in Iwate Prefecture and promote rebuilding, after winning his third term in the House of Councilors election the previous day. Hirano, running ...

Jul 22, 2013

Defiant Nippon Ishin pauses on resignations

by Eric Johnston

After an election that saw only eight of its 44 candidates win seats in Sunday’s Upper House election, Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) leaders were stressing the need for a unified opposition against the Liberal Democratic Party-New Komeito ruling coalition. With talk ...

Snafus invalidate ballot papers for 62 citizens

Jul 21, 2013

Snafus invalidate ballot papers for 62 citizens

The ballots of 62 voters were invalidated by mix-ups at two polling stations, the election board of Takatsuki, Osaka Prefecture, said Sunday. The voters were issued ballots for the constituency and proportional-representation sections of the House of Councilors election in the wrong order. If ...

Reactor restarts haunt Fukushima race

Jul 13, 2013

Reactor restarts haunt Fukushima race

Masako Mori is concerned about her party’s pledge to restart nuclear reactors in Japan. Mori is facing a bruising battle as the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s candidate for the Fukushima prefectural district in the July 21 House of Councilors election. The prefecture is home ...

Jul 13, 2013

Vote-stripped homeless left in election limbo

Despite having Japanese citizenship, homeless people cannot exercise voting rights guaranteed by the Constitution because they can’t register their temporary accommodations as official places of residence. There are no signs the situation will be taken up by candidates in the July 21 House of ...