Feb 26, 2014

Komeito hits Cabinet defense ploy

by Ayako Mie

Differences between the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and New Komeito are surfacing over collective self-defense, in which conservative Prime Minister Shin­zo Abe aims to reverse a long-held pacifist principle by Cabinet decision only.

Dec 27, 2013

Komeito unhappy with Yasukuni pilgrimage

New Komeito, the Liberal Democratic Party’s ally in the ruling coalition, expressed displeasure over Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Yasukuni Shrine on Thursday. His visit to the shrine, the first by a sitting prime minister in seven years, was praised by conservative members ...

Dec 8, 2013

Parties agree on necessity for secrets oversight panel

Several political parties Sunday agreed to hold talks to create a parliamentary panel to oversee the government’s designations of state secrets. The agreement came after the Diet passed controversial legislation late Friday night to toughen penalties against those leaking information designated as state secrets. ...

Sep 19, 2013

Cash handouts of ¥10,000 eyed for poor after tax hike

To cushion the impact of the first stage of the consumption tax hike, the government plans to distribute cash payments of ¥10,000 to ¥15,000 to people with low incomes, sources said Wednesday. Households exempt from the local inhabitant tax will receive ¥10,000 per person, ...

Jul 22, 2013

Short of wholehearted support

The LDP and Komeito parties should not view their Upper House election dominance, amid low voter turnout, as carte blanche to ramrod through pet policy lines.

Jun 25, 2013

LDP's ascent in Tokyo assembly

The results of the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election indicate that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at least has done a good job of selling his economic policy.