Inose cruises to victory in Tokyo governor's race

| Dec 17, 2012

Inose cruises to victory in Tokyo governor's race

Naoki Inose, the prizewinning writer who became a Tokyo vice governor in 2007, was elected the capital's next governor Sunday. The 66-year-old Inose, named by Shintaro Ishihara as his favored candidate when he stepped down as governor in October to run for the Diet, has ...

Zero nuclear goal looks vulnerable

| Dec 17, 2012

Zero nuclear goal looks vulnerable

The recently compiled energy strategy aimed at phasing out nuclear power by the 2030s is likely to be revised under the next government, expected to be led by the Liberal Democratic Party, which has been critical of the push to completely abandon atomic energy ...

Loss of Niigata seat puts end to 'Tanaka Empire'

| Dec 17, 2012

Loss of Niigata seat puts end to 'Tanaka Empire'

Former education minister Makiko Tanaka of the Democratic Party of Japan lost her seat in Niigata Prefecture in Sunday's general election. Tanaka's defeat to Liberal Democratic Party contender Tadayoshi Nagashima in the No. 5 district was mostly due to her weakening support from local, aging ...

| Dec 16, 2012

Nippon Ishin seen in coalition lottery

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Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) is stumbling into Sunday's Lower House election with polls showing it will pick up just a fraction of the seats it was eyeing, as internal squabbles have sown confusion and distrust among voters. However, with the Liberal Democratic ...

| Dec 15, 2012

LDP remains the front-runner in Kyodo's final survey

The Liberal Democratic Party held onto its No. 1 position in the fifth and final pre-election poll by Kyodo News, while the Democratic Party of Japan managed to replace the recently formed Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) in second place. In the nationwide ...