Sep 15, 2015

Komeito wants reduced tax rate proposal kept alive

Japan should not rule out imposing a lower rate of consumption tax on certain goods, the head of Komeito told party lawmakers Tuesday. Komeito favors the system as a way to ease the burden on low-income earners when the tax rate is raised. Natsuo ...

Sep 24, 2014

New Komeito's raison d'etre

Natsuo Yamaguchi, the just re-elected chief of New Komeito, and other party leaders should realize that if the party fails to ensure that Japan stays on the pacifist road with respect to the passage of new legislation, it will lose its raison d'etre.

Nov 19, 2013

New Komeito split on gambling bill

Differences within New Komeito mean Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s coalition partner may not back submitting a bill to legalize casinos during the current Diet session. “I don’t necessarily think we will reach consensus on submitting the bill to the current session and moving forward ...

Sep 29, 2013

Komeito fires warning shot at Abe

New Komeito leader Natsuo Yamaguchi said Sunday the debate over lifting the ban on collective self-defense may affect his party’s coalition with the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who heads the conservative LDP, is intending to lift the ban by changing ...

Sep 12, 2013

Abe calls for debate on collective defense

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday that Japan must consider what role it should play in global affairs as he expressed a willingness to advance the national debate on lifting the self-imposed ban on collective self-defense. “We will consider and pursue where Japan should ...