Jun 30, 2014

Ishin-Komeito ties fray in Osaka

by Eric Johnston

Relations between Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) and New Komeito continue to deteriorate, with party heads Toru Hashimoto and Ichiro Matsui preparing to challenge two Osaka-based New Komeito leaders in the next Lower House election. At an all-party meeting Saturday, Hashimoto and ...

Jun 24, 2014

Abe offers concession on collective defense

by Ayako Mie

The Abe administration gave some ground Tuesday to New Komeito in the ninth round of the coalition defense talks, offering tougher conditions before Japan would be allowed to exercise the long-prohibited right to collective self-defense. Debate between the ruling coalition partners has focused on ...

5,000 turn out to assail Abe's defense push

Jun 18, 2014

5,000 turn out to assail Abe's defense push

Thousands of people gathered in central Tokyo on Tuesday to protest Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s efforts to lift Japan’s ban on exercising the right to collective self-defense. An organizer said around 5,000 people gathered for a rally in Hibiya Park before marching toward the ...

Jun 18, 2014

Japan unlikely to adopt collective self-defense for now

The secretaries-general of the Liberal Democratic Party and New Komeito agreed Wednesday that Cabinet approval for exercising the right to collective self-defense is unlikely to come before the Sunday end of the Diet session. Yoshihisa Inoue of New Komeito, the LDP’s junior partner in ...