Dec 6, 2014

LDP dominates list of top 20 fundraisers in Diet

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and 16 members of his Liberal Democratic Party were among the top 20 political fundraisers in the Diet in 2013, data compiled by Kyodo News showed. Abe ranked 12th within the top 20, having raised ¥164.05 million last year, although ...

New errors found in fund reports linked to Obuchi

Nov 26, 2014

New errors found in fund reports linked to Obuchi

More errors have been uncovered in political funding reports of support groups linked to former trade minister Yuko Obuchi. The reports from two groups in Gunma Prefecture tied to Obuchi showed Wednesday that expenditures for theater tours organized for supporters in 2013 exceeded revenue ...

Media whips up fuss over S&M bar claim

| Nov 1, 2014

Media whips up fuss over S&M bar claim

by Mark Schreiber

First came what the tabloids referred to as “W-jinin,” the resignations of two female Cabinet members — Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Yuko Obuchi and Justice Minister Midori Matsushima — on the same day. The “W” in this case conveys two nuances: the first ...