Kiyoshi Takenaka

For Kiyoshi Takenaka's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Abe's support rate slides to under 30%, poll says

/ Jul 14, 2017

Abe's support rate slides to under 30%, poll says

Public support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, battered by a smoldering scandal and a perception that he is taking voters for granted, has fallen below 30 percent, the lowest since he returned to power in 2012, a survey released on Friday showed. The suspicion of ...

Abe's maglev decision reflects political calculus over economics

Jul 22, 2016

Abe's maglev decision reflects political calculus over economics

Few doubt Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision to invest public funds in a $90 billion high-tech maglev railway makes political sense. Whether it makes equally good economic sense is less clear. Proponents say lending government money to Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) to speed ...

Security bid too drastic: Komeito chief

Apr 29, 2014

Security bid too drastic: Komeito chief

The leader of the ruling party's smaller coalition partner said Friday that he does not agree with the defense policy changes that would allow Japanese forces to fight overseas to help allies, despite U.S. support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's review of the stance. Abe ...