Abdication bill sails through Lower House

/ Jun 2, 2017

Abdication bill sails through Lower House

An abdication bill drafted strictly for Emperor Akihito cleared the House of Representatives on Friday, setting the stage for its passage by the Diet on June 9.Thanks to a consensus reached by the political parties ahead of time, the Lower House approved the legislation ...

Mar 29, 2017

Lower House panel warns against overuse of state secrecy law

A Lower House panel has voiced concern about the classification procedures of state secrets, warning that the nation’s controversial secrecy law was being overused.In a report released on Wednesday, the intelligence surveillance panel stopped short of issuing official recommendations, saying its comments were simply ...

/ 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 Party ...

/ Nov 29, 2016

Lower House passes pension reform bill amid opposition protest

A bill aimed at keeping Japan’s pension system sustainable in the face of a graying and shrinking population passed in the House of Representatives Tuesday amid fierce protests from opposition parties.The ruling coalition of the Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito are aiming to introduce ...