/ 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 ...

/ Aug 26, 2016

LDP may scrap upper age limit for some Lower House candidates

Graying Japan may get even more elderly friendly — at least for some of its aging politicians. The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is considering scrapping its age limit on candidates vying for Lower House proportional representation seats, sources said Thursday. The party currently requires ...

/ May 4, 2016

LDP-pushed electoral reform bills await May Diet passage

Ruling bloc bills to reform the Lower House electoral system are expected to be passed by the Upper House later in May after they cleared the lower chamber last Thursday. The bills, aimed at narrowing the vote-value disparities among single-seat constituencies and cutting the ...

Poll shows close race in Hokkaido by-election

/ Apr 18, 2016

Poll shows close race in Hokkaido by-election

The ruling and opposition parties are in a close fight in one of the two Lower House by-elections next Sunday that are being viewed as a prelude to this summer’s Upper House election. The Hokkaido No. 5 single-seat district is being contested by a ...