Jul 29, 2014

Web tycoon Dotcom says he'll reach 5% in New Zealand election

Kim Dotcom, the Internet tycoon facing extradition to the U.S. on piracy charges, said his political party is on course to win more than 5 percent of the vote in New Zealand’s general election by appealing to young and first-time voters. The party’s own ...

Jul 10, 2014

Afghanistan’s election quagmire

Allegations of vote fraud in the second round of Afghanistan's presidential election threaten to hobble the Kabul government as the Taliban step up their attacks.

Jun 30, 2014

Ishin-Komeito ties fray in Osaka

by Eric Johnston

Relations between Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) and New Komeito continue to deteriorate, with party heads Toru Hashimoto and Ichiro Matsui preparing to challenge two Osaka-based New Komeito leaders in the next Lower House election. At an all-party meeting Saturday, Hashimoto and ...

As Egypt votes, some still caught in political crossfire

May 26, 2014

As Egypt votes, some still caught in political crossfire

Samir El-Gamal, a 10-year-old Egyptian boy, died in his mother’s arms last year, struck in the back of the head by a stray bullet while they were walking near clashes between supporters and opponents of deposed Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. As Egypt votes this ...

Okinawa elects pro-military base mayor Sachio Kuwae

Apr 28, 2014

Okinawa elects pro-military base mayor Sachio Kuwae

A supporter of a plan to relocate a U.S. military base won Sunday’s mayoral election in the city of Okinawa with the backing of the ruling bloc, defeating an anti-base candidate. Sachio Kuwae, 58, a former member of the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly, used support ...

LDP candidate secures Tokuda's seat in Kagoshima

Apr 28, 2014

LDP candidate secures Tokuda's seat in Kagoshima

Former Kagoshima Prefectural Assembly chief Masuo Kaneko won a seat in the House of Representatives in Sunday’s by-election, defeating independent Akashi Uchikoshi, who was backed by the Democratic Party of Japan. A member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, Kaneko, 67, was also backed ...

Apr 8, 2014

Avoid voting age disparity

The question of whether the minimum voting age for participating in Japan's referendums should be lower than the voting age for other elections remains unsettled.

Kyoto re-elects Yamada to top post

Apr 7, 2014

Kyoto re-elects Yamada to top post

by Eric Johnston

Incumbent Kyoto Gov. Keiji Yamada, 60, easily won re-election Sunday night, defeating rival Nozomu Ozaki, 59, by over a quarter of a million votes in a lackluster race. Strong support from most established political parties and the business community, coupled with the lack of ...