| Nov 25, 2012

Noda, Abe plan to hold one-on-one debate

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and Liberal Democratic Party chief Shinzo Abe intend to hold a public face-to-face debate on an Internet program Thursday to clarify their policy differences before the general election, sources in the two parties said Saturday. Noda indicated his willingness to hold ...

Hatoyama won't seek re-election

| Nov 22, 2012

Hatoyama won't seek re-election


Former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama officially announced Wednesday he will not run in the Dec. 16 Lower House election and instead will retire from politics. Hatoyama, 65, who has strongly opposed Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's key initiatives, including the consumption tax hike and participating in ...