Former secretary-general Hosono to run for DPJ leader

Dec 18, 2014

Former secretary-general Hosono to run for DPJ leader

Goshi Hosono, a former secretary-general of the Democratic Party of Japan, announced he will run in the party’s leadership race on Jan. 18. “I’ve decided to take on the challenge of running in the election,” Hosono, who served as nuclear disaster minister and environment ...

Dec 18, 2014

Thai junta-backed council recommends PM directly elected

A council appointed by Thailand’s ruling military junta voted Wednesday to recommend stripping parliament of the power to appoint a prime minister and cabinet, triggering accusations that the move is aimed at curtailing democracy. The National Reform Council resolved after three days of debate ...

Jeb Bush to 'actively explore' U.S. presidential bid

Dec 17, 2014

Jeb Bush to 'actively explore' U.S. presidential bid

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has all but declared his candidacy for president, an early move that raises more clearly the possibility of a 2016 showdown between America’s two most powerful political dynasties. Bush, the son and brother of two former Republican presidents, declared ...

Ex-Tokyo Gov. Ishihara loses Diet seat

| Dec 15, 2014

Ex-Tokyo Gov. Ishihara loses Diet seat

Outspoken nationalist Shintaro Ishihara, supreme adviser to Jisedai no To (Party for Future Generations) and a former longtime governor of Tokyo, lost his Lower House seat in Sunday’s snap election.. The 82-year-old veteran lawmaker had said he would retire from politics if he was ...

Slumbering official delays vote in Yamaguchi

Dec 14, 2014

Slumbering official delays vote in Yamaguchi

Voting for the House of Representatives election got off to a late start at a polling station in Yamaguchi on Sunday after a city employee in charge of ballot documents overslept. At least seven people waiting for the station to open went home without ...