Aug 26, 2014

Opposition strength through unity

The current Japanese political landscape shows the Liberal Democratic Party-New Komeito alliance dwarfing all opposition forces in both chambers of the Diet. Could the merger of two opposition parties now in negotiations make a difference?

Aug 25, 2014

LDP lawmakers jockey for Cabinet posts ahead of reshuffle

Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers with interests in specific industries are competing to win related ministerial posts in the Cabinet reshuffle Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is slated to conduct on Sept. 3. Among these are the defense, agriculture and education portfolios. Intraparty factions with aspiring ...

Government panel to launch review of JAL bailout

Aug 20, 2014

Government panel to launch review of JAL bailout

A new government panel is due to begin a review of the financial support given to Japan Airlines, or JAL, as part of a bailout package under the previous administration. The review, which will start next month, is taking place in response to criticism ...

Aug 11, 2014

LDP member raps Nagasaki mayor

Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker Masatada Tsuchiya criticizes Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue for referring to national security policy during his speech at the city's annual atomic bomb ceremony.

LDP eyes cellphone, pachinko prize taxes

Aug 11, 2014

LDP eyes cellphone, pachinko prize taxes

Some members of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party are considering seeking taxes on mobile phone owners and the pachinko industry to cover a chronic shortage of government revenue. With the balance of government debts at a record ¥1.04 quadrillion at the end of June, ...

GPIF needs governance fix before asset change, LDP exec says

Aug 6, 2014

GPIF needs governance fix before asset change, LDP exec says

As the world’s biggest pension manager moves closer to putting more money in risky assets, the Liberal Democratic Party’s deputy policy chief says the fund needs to change its governance first. The Abe administration should submit a bill during the next Diet session to ...