Masami Ito, Hiroko Nakata

Masami Ito is a staff writer who has been covering national politics since 2006. She joined The Japan Times in 2001, and she also keeps an eye on issues related to the death penalty, asylum-seekers and international parental kidnapping.

Hiroko Nakata is a staff writer and editor at The Japan Times. She chases dynamism in the business world, something missing in Japanese politics. A Keio alumna with a political science degree, she was formerly at Reuters.

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National Feb 23, 2006

DPJ vows more revelations if Diet orders probe

A Democratic Party of Japan leader Seiji Maehara promised Wednesday he will produce more information about shady financial links between Livedoor Co. founder Takafumi Horie and a son of Tsutomu Takebe, the secretary general of the Liberal Democratic Party, but only if the ruling ...