Jul 11, 2016

Abe's new voter mandate

Prime Minister Abe should use his coalition's bolstered Diet majority to more effectively implement economic reforms, not to amend the Constitution.

/ Jul 7, 2016

Support rate for ruling LDP up 2.6 points to 33.5%: poll

The support rating for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party stood at 33.5 percent, up 2.6 percentage points from the previous poll conducted immediately after official campaigning kicked off last month for the July 10 House of Councilors election, a survey showed Wednesday. ...

May 13, 2016

Nearly 60% oppose early Lower House election in Japan: poll

Nearly 60 percent of respondents think that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should not dissolve the House of Representatives early to hold an election, even if he puts off a planned consumption tax hike, a poll showed Friday. In the poll, 35.4 percent said there ...

Rengo faces key test in Upper House poll

/ May 11, 2016

Rengo faces key test in Upper House poll

The Japanese Trade Union Confederation (Rengo) is facing a crucial moment in this summer’s election for the Upper House. The trade union national center will put forward 12 officials as candidates for the Democratic Party, its largest number in a House of Councilors election. ...

/ Apr 2, 2016

Abe drops fresh hint on second delay of tax hike

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday hinted at the possibility of his government again putting off the planned increase in the consumption tax rate from the present 8 percent to 10 percent slated for next April. Whether to postpone the tax hike is “a ...