May 20, 2015

SDF will only be deployed to 'safe' places, Abe says

by Mizuho Aoki

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe rebuffed criticism on Wednesday that the government’s contentious security legislation would put Self-Defense Forces personnel at greater risk, saying they would provide logistics support in areas that are safe. In the first one-on-one debate with opposition party leaders since last ...

Mar 31, 2015

Local politics matter

Races for this year’s nationwide series of local elections kicked off with the start of official campaigns last week for gubernatorial elections in 10 prefectures on April 12 — the same day that local assembly seats in 41 prefectures and 22 major cities will ...

Feb 26, 2015

DPJ chief Okada undergoes second round of retinal surgery

Democratic Party of Japan leader Katsuya Okada underwent retinal detachment surgery again at a Tokyo hospital Thursday and may be absent from Sunday’s party convention, a DPJ source said. Okada left the House of Representatives on Thursday afternoon after complaining of blurred vision. He ...

DPJ leaders confer with French economist Piketty

Jan 31, 2015

DPJ leaders confer with French economist Piketty

Democratic Party of Japan leader Katsuya Okada and other senior members of the top opposition party held a meeting Friday with visiting French economist Thomas Piketty, known for his study on economic inequalities. DPJ policy chief Goshi Hosono told Piketty that Prime Minister Shinzo ...

Jan 20, 2015

Hosono, Nagatsuma, Renho named as DPJ executives

The Democratic Party of Japan’s new president on Tuesday named Goshi Hosono as party policy chief and appointed Akira Nagatsuma and Renho as deputy presidents. Katsuya Okada’s appointment of prominent party figures presents an image of unity as the DPJ tries to regain public ...

Jan 19, 2015

Okada has his work cut out

Katsuya Okada, the new leader of the Democratic Party of Japan, had better set a clear policy direction for Japan's largest opposition party if he hopes to have it come back from its 2012 fall from power.

DPJ faces unity test over national security

| Jan 19, 2015

DPJ faces unity test over national security

Following the Democratic Party of Japan’s election of veteran member Katsuya Okada as leader on Sunday, the fractured group faces a real test of unity over national security. The internal election revealed wide gaps among candidates over key policies, including coming to the aid ...

Jan 19, 2015

New DPJ head Okada to retain Edano as secretary-general

Katsuya Okada, the Democratic Party of Japan’s new leader, said Monday he will retain Yukio Edano as party secretary-general. “He is trustworthy and has a balanced mind,” Okada told reporters. He was speaking a day after winning the party’s presidential election in a runoff ...