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2014

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JAPAN
Nov 25, 2014
Abe not laughing after online stunt pokes fun at snap election call
An online stunt by a student activist who made light of the Abe administration's surprise decision to call an election has drawn sharp criticism from the prime minister.
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JAPAN
Nov 25, 2014
Municipal staffing of annual events suddenly in conflict with snap election needs
The Dec. 14 Lower House snap election is posing a headache for municipalities nationwide planning to organize annual festivals and sports events.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Nov 24, 2014
Baffled by snap election, voters may stay home and erode the mandate Abe seeks
Voters, puzzled as to why Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is calling an election now and unimpressed by opposition alternatives, may shun the Dec. 14 election in record numbers.
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JAPAN / Politics
Nov 23, 2014
Osaka Mayor Hashimoto will not run in December Lower House election
Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto, a co-leader of Ishin no To (Japan Innovation Party), the second strongest opposition group in the Lower House, will not run in the upcoming House of Representatives election, party members said Sunday.
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JAPAN / Politics
Nov 23, 2014
Kaieda says DPJ is aiming to block majority for Abe's LDP in election
The main opposition Democratic Party of Japan aims to prevent Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party from securing a majority in the Dec. 14 Lower House election, DPJ leader Banri Kaieda said Sunday.
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 21, 2014
Mayors, governors cast doubt on Abe's dissolution gambit
Mayors and governors questioned Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's dissolution of the House of Representatives on Friday, noting that the move will hamper the government's ability to address other urgent issues, such as the need to prop up regional economies and rebuild disaster-hit areas.
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 21, 2014
Tokyo voters scratch heads over poll call
Voters on the streets of Tokyo were baffled Friday after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolved the Lower House for a snap election that a recent poll said more than 60 percent of the nation does not support.
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JAPAN / Politics
Nov 21, 2014
Abe dissolves Lower House for snap election
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolves the Lower House to pave the way for his Dec. 14 snap election, asking voters to cast judgment on his sputtering 'Abenomics' program.
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 21, 2014
LDP, Komeito each finalize emergency stimulus package
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its junior partner, Komeito, have finalized their respective emergency economic stimulus packages, both centering on steps to bolster domestic demand that has been sluggish since the April 1 consumption tax hike.
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 20, 2014
Poll finds 63% baffled by Abe's move to dissolve Lower House
More than 60 percent of the voting public does not back Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision to call a snap election, a poll says.
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Nov 20, 2014
Abe's snap election puts Beijing on edge, although some believe it may empower him to ease tension
China is wary that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision to call a snap election may lead to policy changes that would affect bilateral relations, amid tentative signs of thawing ties between the two countries.
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 20, 2014
Ex-minister Makiko Tanaka won't run in snap election
Another prominent political figure is bowing out ahead of the snap election next month: Former education minister Makiko Tanaka will not run for office, sources said Thursday.
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 19, 2014
Abe's snap election claims first victim as Your Party disbands
An opposition party once seen as a possible third force in Japanese politics has decided to disband ahead of next month's snap election.
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JAPAN / Politics / ANALYSIS
Nov 18, 2014
Abe is banking on getting a new voter mandate
It's finally official. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday he will dissolve the Lower House and call a snap election next month, after his administration decided to delay the next hike in the consumption tax until April 2017.
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JAPAN / Politics
Nov 18, 2014
Local officials scramble to prepare for snap election amid staff shortages
With the dissolution of the Lower House imminent and a snap election just around the corner, municipalities and government offices nationwide are scrambling to meet a staffing shortfall and a general lack of preparedness.
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JAPAN / Society
Nov 18, 2014
Japanese women still at a disadvantage, first lady says
Career women continue to face significant hurdles in Japan's male-dominated business culture, according to first lady Akie Abe.
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CULTURE / Books
Nov 15, 2014
Holiday gifts they'll cherish from cover to cover
As the holiday season rolls around, it's time to dash about in a mad panic in search of gifts that say "I've given this one some thought, honest." Or you can just let us do the thinking for you, with gift suggestions from our regular book reviewers — tailor-made for the Japanophile reader.
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JAPAN / Politics
Nov 15, 2014
Abe may dissolve Lower House on Tuesday, call snap December election
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to announce Tuesday the dissolution of the Lower House and call a snap election in December, senior ruling party lawmakers say.
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JAPAN / Politics
Nov 15, 2014
Two opposition parties consider merging ahead of expected snap election
The main opposition Democratic Party of Japan and Your Party, a small opposition group, are considering merging ahead of the snap election that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to call soon, party officials said Friday.
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LIFE / Lifestyle
Nov 14, 2014
Stumped for gift ideas? We've got you covered
It's that time of the year again, and The Japan Times contributors and columnists are here to help.

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