Apr 24, 2016

Insufficient electoral reform

The ruling coalition needs to explain why the nation is still being kept waiting for the fundamental reform needed to correct the gross disparity in vote values.

Feb 29, 2016

DPJ, Ishin to merge March 27 at special convention

The Democratic Party of Japan and Ishin no To (Japan Innovation Party) will hold a convention March 27 in a Tokyo hotel to launch their new party, members of the two parties said Monday. The largest and third-largest opposition parties will merge to challenge ...

Feb 21, 2016

Crackdown on questionable adoption agencies in works

The ruling coalition is considering making it mandatory for adoption agencies to be licensed, as opposed to merely registered, informed sources said. The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its partner, Komeito, hope the stiffer requirements will shut down questionable agencies that charge excessive fees ...

Jan 28, 2016

Amari to respond to graft allegations

Japan’s economy minister, Akira Amari, plans to deny allegations that he received cash for favors when he holds a press conference Thursday afternoon, sources said Wednesday. With Prime Minister Shinzo Abe making it clear Wednesday that he wants Amari to continue serving in his ...

Jan 18, 2016

LDP puts off legalizing casinos in Japan

The Liberal Democratic Party has decided not to seek passage of a bill to legalize casino operations during this Diet session because coalition partner Komeito remains cautious on gambling. The LDP appears to be eager to avoid a conflict with Komeito, backed by the ...