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Yoko Hani
JAPAN
Jun 26, 2000
Voters sided with unpopular status quo
Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori's nonstop gaffes and his administration's staggering unpopularity were ultimately tolerated by the voters who preferred the status quo to gambling on the opposition.
JAPAN
Jun 16, 2000
Communists set to sacrifice policies in quest for change
The Japanese Communist Party will ask the people to help it revamp a political setup that has been completely warped by the Liberal Democratic Party's rule, according to JCP leader Tetsuzo Fuwa.
JAPAN
Jun 15, 2000
Stable coalition key for economy, Kanzaki says
New Komeito will campaign for the Lower House election by promising a stable coalition government that will surely bring about a full-fledged economic recovery in Japan, said party leader Takenori Kanzaki.
JAPAN
Jun 10, 2000
LDP-led bloc the only way, Nonaka says
A coalition government led by the Liberal Democratic Party represents the only viable choice when voters go to the polls June 25, according to the party's No. 2 man.
JAPAN / ELECTION 2000
Jun 3, 2000
Ruling coalition awaits voters' judgment at polls
The coming Lower House election will give voters their first chance to express their support, or lack thereof, for the tripartite coalition led by the Liberal Democratic Party.
JAPAN
Mar 18, 2000
Embattled triumvirate seeks to rally the public before polls
Although Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi encountered little difficulty in securing Diet passage of the fiscal 2000 budget Friday, the likelihood of him dissolving the Lower House for general elections in the near future seems more distant than ever.
JAPAN
Mar 1, 2000
Budget's passage puts focus on polls
The Lower House approval Tuesday of the fiscal 2000 budget, a major hurdle in the ongoing 150-day regular Diet session, is expected to give Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi a freer hand in dissolving the chamber for a general election.
JAPAN
Feb 29, 2000
With budget set, elections may be next
Lower House approval of the fiscal 2000 budget, a major hurdle in the ongoing 150-day regular Diet session, is expected to give Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi a freer hand in dissolving the chamber for a general election.
JAPAN
Feb 23, 2000
New century proposals seen as more than unlikely dreams
Staff writer Recent ambitious proposals by the Commission on Japan's Goals in the 21st Century may be eye-catching but are unlikely to be achieved, according to skeptics. Those people, however, are wrong, according to commission head Hayao Kawai, who also serves as director general of the Education Ministry-affiliated...
JAPAN
Feb 9, 2000
Sumo: the final gender frontier?
Staff writer With the nation's first female governor taking office in Osaka, an old question is re-emerging: Are women to remain banned from stepping into the sacred sumo ring? Fusae Ota, who won the Osaka gubernatorial election Sunday, is taking aim at that glass ceiling with her eagerness to personally...
JAPAN
Feb 2, 2000
Analysis: Obstinacy may backfire on both sides
The ruling coalition on Wednesday dug its heels in even deeper as a political battle for public sentiment with the opposition camp took another turn.
JAPAN
Dec 31, 1999
Obuchi tasked to dissolve Lower House
Even if Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi manages to see New Year's Day pass without serious Y2K problems, a big decision lies ahead of him — when to dissolve the Lower House and call a general election.
JAPAN
Dec 14, 1999
Majority doesn't mean easy street for coalition
Staff writer The 48-day extraordinary Diet session, scheduled to end today, appears to have exposed the weaknesses rather than strengths of Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi's new tripartite coalition, which controls 70 percent of the seats in the Lower House. Obuchi had hoped the combined majority of 356...
JAPAN
Nov 10, 1999
New debate catches Obuchi off guard
Staff writers
JAPAN
Nov 8, 1999
Coalition's nursing care rift on the mend
Staff writer
JAPAN
Oct 28, 1999
Extra Diet session to test new triumvirate
Staff writer
JAPAN
Oct 21, 1999
Futenma debate near conclusion
Staff writers
JAPAN
Oct 15, 1999
Aoki sees coalition gaining public support
Staff writer
JAPAN
Sep 8, 1999
LDP race not just about winning
Staff writer
JAPAN
Aug 6, 1999
New Komeito up for tieup, Liberals or no
Staff writer

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