Mar 31, 2015

Local politics matter

Races for this year’s nationwide series of local elections kicked off with the start of official campaigns last week for gubernatorial elections in 10 prefectures on April 12 — the same day that local assembly seats in 41 prefectures and 22 major cities will ...

Farm minister denies returned donation was illegal

Feb 13, 2015

Farm minister denies returned donation was illegal

Farm minister Koya Nishikawa said Friday that he doesn’t regard a political donation he returned to a wood-processing company as illegal. Nishikawa was speaking to reporters after the Mainichi Shimbun reported Friday that the September 2012 donation to the Liberal Democratic Party’s branch in ...

Feb 4, 2015

Dentist group may have given ¥95 million to LDP lawmaker

The Japan Dental Federation may have indirectly provided ¥50 million to a supporters’ group of Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker Midori Ishii in 2013, political funds reports from the groups suggest. The Japan Dental Federation, a political body linked to the country’s dental association, also ...