Mar 8, 2017

What Abe's LDP dominance portends

A lack of any signficant rivalry to Abe seems to reflect the dearth of viable next-generation leaders — a problem that could haunt the party in coming years

/ Dec 30, 2016

Parties prep candidates for next Lower House election

A total of 931 people are preparing to run in the next election for the House of Representatives, the Diet’s lower chamber, a survey showed Thursday. They will vie for 295 seats in single-seat constituencies and 180 proportional representation seats. The ruling Liberal Democratic ...

/ Sep 16, 2016

Government to defer bill penalizing criminal conspiracies

The government and ruling bloc will postpone introducing a bill that penalizes criminal conspiracies, officials said Friday. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference that the bill “is not included in the list of legislation to be submitted to the extraordinary Diet ...

Numbers to keep an eye on in Upper House election

/ Jul 10, 2016

Numbers to keep an eye on in Upper House election

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party, along with junior coalition partner Komeito, aim to win a combined majority of the 121 seats up for grabs in an Upper House election Sunday. Abe has presented the vote as a referendum on his Abenomics stimulus ...