| Dec 15, 2012

Can LDP take Upper House as well?

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With polls suggesting the Liberal Democratic Party-New Komeito pair will probably return to power after Sunday's Lower House election, political analysts and insiders are already focusing on whether the alliance can win a majority in the Upper House race next summer and control the ...

| Dec 14, 2012

Disaster-hit areas seek more than just words

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In areas ravaged by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, voters frustrated with the slow pace of recovery and anxious about their future are looking for their elected leaders to put together a faster and more robust reconstruction effort. In hard-hit Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, many ...

Yokota, '200 other abductees' dead: Ishihara

| Dec 12, 2012

Yokota, '200 other abductees' dead: Ishihara

Shintaro Ishihara, leader of Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party), said he believes Megumi Yokota and other Japanese abducted by North Korea are dead and called for revising the pacifist Constitution to allow Japan to threaten to wage war against such countries. "Circumstantial evidence ...

'Changed' Abe makes case for fresh chance

| Dec 11, 2012

'Changed' Abe makes case for fresh chance

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In an article published Monday in the monthly Bungei Shunju magazine, Liberal Democratic Party President Shinzo Abe apologized for abandoning the prime ministership a year into his term in 2007 but insisted he is a changed man and deserving of another chance. Abe, who would ...