Okada hopes to shift election focus

National | POLL SHOWDOWN Aug 30, 2005

Okada hopes to shift election focus

by Tetsushi Kajimoto

Democratic Party of Japan leader Katsuya Okada is calling for voters' support in the Sept. 11 general election to bring about regime change and rebuild Japan in the face of ballooning government deficits and a rapidly aging population. "This is the first election in the ...

New parties to team up against LDP: Watanuki

National | POLL SHOWDOWN Aug 24, 2005

New parties to team up against LDP: Watanuki

by Tetsushi Kajimoto

Kokumin Shinto (People's New Party) will cooperate with another new party in the Sept. 11 general election and oppose Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's postal privatization drive, leader Tamisuke Watanuki said. The former Lower House speaker left Koizumi's Liberal Democratic Party after the LDP refused to ...

National | POLL SHOWDOWN Aug 23, 2005

Rebels who don't quit LDP face penalties

by Tetsushi Kajimoto

All of the Liberal Democratic Party members who voted against Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's postal privatization bills in the House of Representatives should leave the party when running in the Sept. 11 general election, LDP Secretary General Tsutomu Takebe said Monday. But Takebe denied reports ...