May 10, 2017

Ruling bloc pushes Lower House to pass 'conspiracy' bill

The ruling bloc is aiming to get through the Lower House a contentious bill that would punish the planning of crimes, lawmakers said Tuesday, despite lingering criticism that the legislation could threaten civil rights. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party and its junior ...

/ Mar 10, 2017

Komeito agrees to cooperate with Koike's party in Tokyo poll

Komeito has broadly agreed to cooperate with the regional political party effectively led by Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike in the July 2 metropolitan assembly election, sources said Friday. Komeito, the partner of the Liberal Democratic Party in national politics, and Koike’s Tomin First no ...

Ruling bloc finalizes Hokuriku Shinkansen extension route

Dec 21, 2016

Ruling bloc finalizes Hokuriku Shinkansen extension route

The ruling bloc has officially adopted a plan to extend the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line through the city of Obama in Fukui Prefecture and Kyoto Station in neighboring Kyoto Prefecture. The decision was made at a Tuesday project-team meeting of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party ...

Diet enacts contentious casino legislation

/ Dec 15, 2016

Diet enacts contentious casino legislation


The Diet enacted a law to legalize casinos Thursday morning amid ongoing public concerns over a raft of potential social ills, including surges in gambling addiction and organized crime. For Japan, it seems casino legalization could be equivalent to opening Pandora’s box. The nation ...