Sep 25, 2016

Lawmakers urge LDP to withdraw draft constitutional amendments

The major opposition Democratic Party on Sunday urged the ruling Liberal Democratic Party to withdraw its draft constitutional amendments. The draft “makes light of the people’s rights,” party secretary-general and former Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said during a televised debate among senior lawmakers from ...

DP leader Renho renounces Taiwanese citizenship

Sep 24, 2016

DP leader Renho renounces Taiwanese citizenship

Democratic Party President Renho says procedures for removing her Taiwanese citizenship have been completed. The Taiwanese citizenship was officially removed as of Sept. 13, Renho said Friday. Initially, Renho, who was elected leader of Japan’s main opposition party earlier this month, said she had ...

Sep 23, 2016

Political parties used 20% less of their subsidies in 2015

Total spending of state subsidies by 10 of Japan’s political parties sank 19.8 percent to about ¥26 billion in 2015, the internal affairs ministry disclosed in a report Friday. The year-on-year drop occurred after spending on election-related expenses plunged 62.3 percent to around ¥3.3 ...

LDP groups ask Abe for tougher sanctions on North Korea

Sep 17, 2016

LDP groups ask Abe for tougher sanctions on North Korea

Two groups from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party have submitted to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a request to impose tougher sanctions on North Korea following its fifth nuclear test. In the request, submitted Friday, the LDP’s Headquarters for North Korean Abductions and Foreign Affairs ...

LDP policy chief calls for decommissioning of Monju reactor

Sep 16, 2016

LDP policy chief calls for decommissioning of Monju reactor

Toshimitsu Motegi, chairman of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s Policy Research Council, on Friday called for decommissioning the Monju prototype fast-breeder nuclear reactor in central Japan as a cost-effective step for the troubled facility. In an interview, Motegi said that he cannot think of ...