Feb 23, 2014

An equal vote is a priority

Talks between the ruling and opposition parties on rectifying vote-value disparity, which remains so wide among Lower House constituencies as to undermine the principle of equality under the Constitution, have made little headway.

Diet grills NHK boss on remarks

Jan 31, 2014

Diet grills NHK boss on remarks

by Ayako Mie

In a bid to dodge criticism that he is unqualified to lead NHK, its embattled president, Katsuto Momii, tells the Diet the contentious remarks at his first official press conference were not the broadcaster's official views but his own.

Nov 7, 2013

Lower House passes investment accord

The Lower House passed an accord Thursday to facilitate investment between Japan, China and South Korea in a move that will help accelerate talks for a trilateral free trade agreement. The pact, signed by the three nations in May 2012, was immediately sent to ...

May 10, 2013

Lower House OKs Hague convention bill

The Lower House on Thursday approved a bill needed to ratify an international treaty on settling cross-border child custody disputes, making it certain the Diet will enact it this summer following Upper House deliberations. The 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International ...

Apr 24, 2013

Lower House passes vote disparity bill

by Ayako Mie

The Lower House passed a bill Tuesday that would cut five of its 300 districts amid mounting pressure to rectify vote-value disparities that have plagued national elections. Most recently, the December general election has been ruled unconstitutional by several high courts due to disparities ...