Jan 19, 2015

New DPJ head Okada to retain Edano as secretary-general

Katsuya Okada, the Democratic Party of Japan’s new leader, said Monday he will retain Yukio Edano as party secretary-general. “He is trustworthy and has a balanced mind,” Okada told reporters. He was speaking a day after winning the party’s presidential election in a runoff ...

Oct 8, 2014

Opposition must pressure Abe

The opposition should realize that if it fails to strictly scrutinize the Abe administration's actions in the extraordinary Diet session, it is not fulfilling its duty to serve the public.

Aug 7, 2014

Wikipedia fights back against Europe's 'right to be forgotten'

Wikipedia fought back against Europe’s “right to be forgotten” by listing the online encyclopaedia’s articles removed from search results, snubbing a court ruling that allows people to stop personal information appearing under Internet searches. The Wikimedia Foundation, a nonprofit organization that runs the free ...

Jul 23, 2014

Powerful DPJ members call for new leadership vote

Democratic Party of Japan bigwigs, including former Deputy Prime Minister Katsuya Okada, called Tuesday for an early election for the leadership of the opposition party. At a key party meeting, Okada and former Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa said the current leadership team led by ...

Jul 8, 2014

U.S. diplomat who met Shiite group is ordered out of Bahrain

Bahrain ordered a top U.S. diplomat to leave the country Monday after he met with a leading Shiite opposition group. The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski is not welcome ...