Mar 16, 2016

More than a new name is needed

Without a common policy platform that can provide voters with a genuine alternative to the ruling coalition, the new leading opposition party's future won't be bright.

Oct 19, 2015

Opposition camp to call for extra Diet session

Five opposition parties have agreed to call on the government to convene an extraordinary Diet session for deliberations on the broad agreement recently achieved on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and newly appointed Cabinet ministers. The Democratic Party of Japan, Ishin no To (Japan Innovation Party), ...

Dec 19, 2014

Can the opposition mend its ways?

It's time Japan's political opposition learn from their failures of the past two years, especially their crushing defeat in the Dec. 14 Lower House election, to rebuild themselves in a way that enables them to challenge the ruling bloc and to give voters a ...

Dec 27, 2013

Komeito unhappy with Yasukuni pilgrimage

New Komeito, the Liberal Democratic Party’s ally in the ruling coalition, expressed displeasure over Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Yasukuni Shrine on Thursday. His visit to the shrine, the first by a sitting prime minister in seven years, was praised by conservative members ...