Sep 12, 2014

Raise wages, not party donations

The Japan Business Federation's decision to resume urging roughly 1,300 member companies to make political donations is aimed at rebuilding the influence of the nation's largest business lobby on the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. Critics of that tack say raising wages and boosting investments ...

Legislators turning to Internet for funds

Jun 24, 2014

Legislators turning to Internet for funds

by Takuro Kishimoto

Younger lawmakers are increasingly turning to crowdfunding as a way of raising money to finance their political activities. Ryota Kimura, a 30-year-old member of the Hirakata Municipal Assembly in Osaka Prefecture, recently asked for ¥100,000 on an online crowdfunding site to cover some of ...

Embattled Your Party head under pressure to resign

Apr 5, 2014

Embattled Your Party head under pressure to resign

Your Party leader Yoshimi Watanabe is increasingly under pressure to step down from the top party post over ¥800 million in loans he borrowed from Yoshiaki Yoshida, chairman of cosmetics maker DHC Corp., shortly before national elections in 2010 and 2012. Keiichiro Asao, secretary-general ...

Apr 1, 2014

Watanabe should come clean

Your Party chief Yoshimi Watanabe's lame excuse that he borrowed ¥800 million for individual rather than political expenses from a cosmetics firm chairman only adds to people's distrust of politicians.

Inose denies hospital funds coverup

Nov 22, 2013

Inose denies hospital funds coverup

by Tomohiro Osaki

Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose denied Friday that he deliberately whitewashed his annual report on political funds last year and said money he accepted from the scandal-tainted Tokushukai hospital chain before his gubernatorial campaign last December was strictly for “personal purposes.” Because it was his ...

Aug 14, 2011

Power-saving mindset has limits

Regarding the Aug. 10 article “Nuclear power debate heating up“: I strongly disagree with the notion that just because we seem to be doing fine amid the current electricity deficit, Japan will be just fine without nuclear power plants in the future. One reason ...

Aug 31, 2008

What does the government mean?

The news that the Japanese government is making “every conceivable effort” to eliminate racial discrimination makes me wonder — as a foreigner who has lived in Japan for more than six years — what the word “conceivable” means. We land in Japan and get ...