LDP exec blames media for minister's resignation over gaffe

/ Apr 27, 2017

LDP exec blames media for minister's resignation over gaffe

Toshihiro Nikai, secretary-general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, criticized the media on Wednesday, apparently in reference to reports of the recent resignation of postdisaster reconstruction minister Masahiro Imamura over a gaffe. “Media organizations record everything, and after one slip of the tongue they ...

Norihisa Satake re-elected as Akita governor

/ Apr 9, 2017

Norihisa Satake re-elected as Akita governor

Akita Gov. Norihisa Satake was re-elected Sunday, beating two challengers. Satake, a 69-year-old former mayor of the city of Akita, is an independent who was backed in the election by Komeito, the Liberal Democratic Party’s local chapter and the Social Democratic Party. The campaign ...

/ Mar 29, 2017

LDP seeking evidence of perjury in Kagoike's Diet testimony

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party said Tuesday it will use parliamentary authority to investigate whether the head of controversial school operator Moritomo Gakuen lied during sworn testimony before the Diet last week. Yasunori Kagoike was hauled before the Diet to answer questions over a ...

How the word 'terrorism' can help pass a bill

/ | Mar 25, 2017

How the word 'terrorism' can help pass a bill

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During the recent Diet grilling over his alleged involvement in the Moritomo Gakuen land purchase scandal, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe accused his opposition party tormentors of resorting to inshō sōsa. The most accurate English translation is probably “image manipulation,” which, in the age of ...

/ Mar 17, 2017

Diet lawmakers send proposal on Emperor's abdication to Abe

The ruling and opposition parties on Friday adopted the Diet’s proposal over Emperor Akihito’s possible abdication, calling for the government to enact a special law applying only to him. The lawmakers’ consensus on the issue will pave the way for the 83-year-old Emperor to ...

/ Mar 13, 2017

Abe ally elected mayor in Yamaguchi, beating incumbent

A former secretary of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was elected mayor of Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, on Sunday, beating the incumbent and another contender. Shintaro Maeda, 40, backed by the Liberal Democratic Party and running for the first time, prevailed over Mayor Tomoaki Nakao, 67, ...