National Jun 24, 1998

Partyspeak: Small Sakigake force backs green agenda

Last in a series Staff writer Flying a banner of environment protection, New Party Sakigake will campaign for the July 12 Upper House election by urging the public to discard traditional economic values in order to secure a sound and healthy future. "We should acknowledge that the ...

National Jun 23, 1998

Quest for Power: Besieged LDP said best served by apathy

First in a series Staff writer The official campaign for the July 12 Upper House election kicks off Thursday, with the focus on whether the ruling Liberal Democratic Party can find itself with a majority of seats in the chamber for the first time in nine ...

National Jun 23, 1998

Partyspeak: Liberal Party faults LDP for economy

Sixth in a series Staff writer The public should realize that the protracted economic slump is a man-made disaster caused by the economic policy failures of Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto's administration, stressed Takeshi Noda, secretary general of the Liberal Party. "We would like voters to know that ...

National Jun 22, 1998

Partyspeak: JCP pledges to repeal consumption tax hike

Fifth in a series Staff writer The Japanese Communist Party will focus its campaign for the July 12 Upper House elections on a pledge to roll the consumption tax rate back to 3 percent to boost consumer spending, said Kazuo Shii, chief of the JCP's central ...

National Jun 17, 1998

Partytalk: Kato vows to attack bad loans

Second in a series Staff writer In the campaign for the coming Upper House election, the government and the ruling Liberal Democratic Party will promote a plan to create a state-run financial institution with a lending function to facilitate the disposal of nonperforming loans. The buildup of ...

National Jun 15, 1998

Apathy, slump may keep voters at bay, expert says

First in a series Staff writer A record-low voter turnout of around 40 percent or less is expected for the July 12 Upper House election, reflecting mounting apathy toward politics amid the protracted economic slowdown, according to a leading political analyst. "It seems the public has distanced ...

National May 19, 1998

Who could replace Hashimoto?

Staff writer As his popularity rating continues to decline, the outlook for Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto seems bleak, but Hashimoto may still be in his position as late as next year, according to political experts. "It is partly because of the absence of an adequate replacement ...

National Mar 20, 1998

Hashimoto, LDP play different roles on economy

Staff writer Amid rising domestic and international pressure to boost expenditures and revive stagnant consumption, time is running short for the government to announce a much-awaited pump-priming package. Even as the fiscal 1998 state budget bills neared passage by the Lower House, Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto, ...

National Feb 16, 1998

Hashimoto's speech called lip service only

Staff writers As calls mounted from at home and abroad for Tokyo to take more pump-priming measures, Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto simply reiterated his resolve Monday to boost the economy without mentioning specific steps. Hashimoto, who remains noncommittal about whether he will concentrate on stimulating the ...

National Dec 31, 1997

Hashimoto to stay in charge by default, despite recession

Staff writer Politics in 1998 will probably continue under the cloud of a stagnant and troubled economy because Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto appears unable to come up with clear measures to pull it out of the doldrums, experts say. Hashimoto's Cabinet has been rocked by uncertainty ...