| Dec 7, 2012

LDP: Gays don't need special rights

The Liberal Democratic Party believes that no additional measures are required to protect the rights of gays and lesbians, though almost all of the other major parties running in the Dec. 16 general election feel otherwise, a survey by a sexual minority advocacy group ...

Many voices but no clear messages

| Dec 7, 2012

Many voices but no clear messages

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With so many parties — and their seemingly mix-and-match policy positions — vying in the Dec. 16 Lower House election, voters are facing a difficult choice. Even so, all the sudden mergers and policy rejiggering suggest the new parties would be no better than ...

| Dec 7, 2012

Sharp's boomtown seeks salve for bust

The city of Kameyama, Mie Prefecture, home to a major state-of-the-art Sharp factory, rode the boom when the electronics maker was leading the world in liquid-crystal display TV sets. But the mood in the city of about 50,000 has turned gloomy since the firm fell ...

| Dec 7, 2012

Hashimoto tweets challenge to election law

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Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) founder and deputy leader Toru Hashimoto continued his personal Twitter feed Thursday, two days after campaigning officially began and a day after Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura said the legality of his actions would be left up ...

| Dec 6, 2012

Kada sorry for late lists of Mirai candidates

Nippon Mirai no To (Tomorrow Party of Japan) leader and Shiga Gov. Yukiko Kada apologized Wednesday for her newly formed party's chaotic and delayed submission of proportional representation candidate lists for the Dec. 16 general election. The week-old party filed most of the lists with ...

| Dec 6, 2012

Nuclear foes face election dilemma

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Tokyo fashion designer Yasuko Maruko, 44, is an absolute beginner when it comes to becoming a politician, yet she is bidding for a seat in the Diet in the Dec. 16 general election in the hope of steering Japan toward a future without nuclear ...

Parties ditch 'manifestos' for less-tainted terms

| Dec 6, 2012

Parties ditch 'manifestos' for less-tainted terms

In 2009, the year of the last Lower House election, the buzzword among politicians was "manifesto"— a term meant to convey their policy goals and vision if they won power. But this year, the word is strikingly absent from general election campaigning, with many politicians ...

| Dec 5, 2012

Voters cite nuclear power worries, hopes for economy

Voters had mounting concerns, including over nuclear fears and the economic slowdown, as official campaigning began Tuesday for the Dec. 16 general election. And one place where candidates, even their campaign posters, were conspicuously absent was a former high school in Kazo, Saitama Prefecture, which ...

Fukushima key stumping ground as campaign starts

| Dec 5, 2012

Fukushima key stumping ground as campaign starts

The fate of the nation's nuclear power program, its long-struggling economy, the sales tax hike, and recent strained ties with China and South Korea will be key points for voters to consider in the Dec. 16 Lower House election, for which official campaigning started ...