Jul 7, 2014

LDP's Okinawa chapter to back governor if he seeks third term

The Liberal Democratic Party’s Okinawa chapter affirmed its intention Monday to field incumbent Hirokazu Nakaima in November’s gubernatorial election in defiance of the party leadership, the chapter leader said. Nakaima, who decided last December to allow landfill work necessary for relocating U.S. Marine Corps ...

Jun 24, 2014

Abe offers concession on collective defense

by Ayako Mie

The Abe administration gave some ground Tuesday to New Komeito in the ninth round of the coalition defense talks, offering tougher conditions before Japan would be allowed to exercise the long-prohibited right to collective self-defense. Debate between the ruling coalition partners has focused on ...

Ending Japan's sexism requires men to lean in, too

Jun 21, 2014

Ending Japan's sexism requires men to lean in, too

by William Pesek

Ayaka Shiomura’s tears show why Shinzo Abe’s talk of empowering Japan’s women is still more hot air than policy. The Tokyo assemblywoman two days ago urged colleagues to budget assistance for women struggling to balance work and child rearing, and to offer funding for ...

'Be visible,' top female lawmaker urges women

Jun 21, 2014

'Be visible,' top female lawmaker urges women

Japanese women in leadership positions need to do more to become role models for those trying to rise through the ranks if Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s campaign against gender inequality is to succeed, according to the nation’s top female lawmaker. “The most important thing ...

5,000 turn out to assail Abe's defense push

Jun 18, 2014

5,000 turn out to assail Abe's defense push

Thousands of people gathered in central Tokyo on Tuesday to protest Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s efforts to lift Japan’s ban on exercising the right to collective self-defense. An organizer said around 5,000 people gathered for a rally in Hibiya Park before marching toward the ...

Jun 18, 2014

Japan unlikely to adopt collective self-defense for now

The secretaries-general of the Liberal Democratic Party and New Komeito agreed Wednesday that Cabinet approval for exercising the right to collective self-defense is unlikely to come before the Sunday end of the Diet session. Yoshihisa Inoue of New Komeito, the LDP’s junior partner in ...