Dec 1, 2013

Stricter road traffic law takes effect

Unlicensed drivers face tougher penalties with the partial implementation of the revised road traffic law on Sunday. Under the revised law, passed in June, unlicensed drivers face a prison term of up to three years or a fine of up to ¥500,000. Previously, the ...

Nazi quip won't mar Olympics bid, Aso figures

/ Aug 27, 2013

Nazi quip won't mar Olympics bid, Aso figures

Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso said Tuesday that his recent remark suggesting Japan follow the example of the Nazis in Germany in revising its pacifist Constitution would not affect Tokyo’s bid to host the 2020 Olympics. “I’ve already retracted the comment and I think ...

/ May 3, 2013

Political parties gear up for constitutional showdown

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The opposition parties capitalized on Constitution Day Friday to express skepticism about the wisdom of revising the pacifist charter, while the ruling Liberal Democratic Party tried to build momentum to significantly rewrite it. This year marks the document’s 66th anniversary. The LDP issued a ...