Tomoko Otake, Hiroshi Matsubara

Tomoko Otake is a staff features writer. Originally from Japan’s ancient capital of Nara, she graduated from the University of Montana with an M.A. in journalism.

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Pension reform, SDF weigh on voters' minds

National Jul 12, 2004

Pension reform, SDF weigh on voters' minds

If anything, Sunday's House of Councilors election will probably be remembered for the clarity of the issues voters were being called on to judge. Fresh in voters' minds as they headed to the polls were the contentious government pension reform plan and its decision to ...