Jul 19, 2013

Promises of reconstruction ring hollow in disaster areas

Masami Minato sees a wide gap between the commitments made by Upper House candidates to promote reconstruction in disaster-hit areas and what she has witnessed on the ground. “Every candidate talks about reconstruction, but local residents are frustrated because little progress has been made,” ...

Major parties concerned about voter turnout

Jul 19, 2013

Major parties concerned about voter turnout

The big political parties are concerned about voter turnout for Sunday’s Upper House election and its impact on the eventual makeup of the Diet. Ruling and opposition parties believe interest in the election is weakening, as media reports have suggested the ruling coalition, led ...

A different Muneo Suzuki enters race

Jul 4, 2013

A different Muneo Suzuki enters race

A small political party registered a candidate Thursday for the July 21 Upper House election with the same name as the party head, who can’t run because of a past criminal conviction. New Party Daichi, headed by Muneo Suzuki, 65, a former Lower House ...

Fukushima voters tell politicians to get real

Jul 4, 2013

Fukushima voters tell politicians to get real

Voters in Fukushima Prefecture, where about 150,000 people still can’t return to their homes because of the nuclear crisis, urged politicians Thursday to face the reality of the catastrophe as official campaigning for the July 21 Upper House election got under way. Prime Minister ...

Jul 4, 2013

How the Upper House election system works

Lawmakers in the Upper House are elected every three years, with half the 242 seats up for grabs each time. Those elected serve a six-year term. Unlike the Lower House, which is more powerful, the Upper House is never dissolved for an election and ...