| Nov 30, 2012

Lawyers' appeal to halt Dec. 16 election also fails

The Tokyo High Court has rejected a suit filed by lawyers seeking an injunction to halt the Dec. 16 general election on grounds the Supreme Court has ruled the vote weight disparity between constituencies is in "a state of unconstitutionality." "There are no (applicable) legal ...

Kada urged to look to Merkel for nonnuclear inspiration

| Nov 30, 2012

Kada urged to look to Merkel for nonnuclear inspiration

Shiga Gov. Yukiko Kada, who heads the newly formed Nippon Mirai no To (Japan Future Party), is an environmental studies scholar who studied at the University of Wisconsin and holds a doctoral degree in agriculture from Kyoto University. Her party was officially inaugurated Wednesday, just ...

| Nov 28, 2012

Noda orders new ¥880 billion stimulus

The Cabinet of Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda will approve an ¥880 billion emergency plan Friday to boost the stagnant economy, forging the second extra spending package in two months, officials said Tuesday. Since the Lower House has been dissolved for a general election, the move ...

| Nov 28, 2012

DPJ platform: TPP, end of reactors

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The Democratic Party of Japan unveiled on Tuesday its policy platform for the Dec. 16 Lower House election, vowing to end use of nuclear power by the 2030s and promote participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade accord. Suffering a low public support rate, the DPJ ...

| Nov 27, 2012

Nippon Ishin backpedals on policies

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Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) officials released an outline of their new platform over the weekend that contained no mention of its original promises to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade accord, get out of nuclear power by the 2030s and halve the ...

Shiga governor mulls new no-nuclear party

| Nov 27, 2012

Shiga governor mulls new no-nuclear party

Shiga Gov. Yukiko Kada is considering founding a new political party with the key goal of phasing out nuclear power, sources said Monday. Although Kada didn't make it official when she met the press in Otsu in the afternoon, her reported move to create a ...