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2023 LOCAL ELECTIONS

Gold badges distributed to Fukuoka Prefectural Assembly members after the April 2023 election. The prices for both types doubled from four years ago.
JAPAN / Politics / Regional Voices: Kyushu
Feb 19, 2024
Gold assembly badges worth millions of yen unreturned in Kyushu
Each elected member receives a new badge for every election and is supposed to return them on losing an election or retiring from politics.
Kakizawa resigned as senior vice justice minister in late October after admitting that he had proposed using an online advertisement in Yayoi Kimura's mayoral campaign, which is prohibited by the election law.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 15, 2023
Prosecutors search lawmaker's home and office over Tokyo vote-buying
Lower House member Mito Kakizawa is suspected of paying money to several Koto Ward assembly members to get a mayoral candidate he backed elected.
Shoko Kawata (right) receives flowers after winning the Yawata mayoral election in Kyoto Prefecture on Sunday.
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 13, 2023
Ex-lawmaker secretary becomes Japan's youngest female mayor at 33
Shoko Kawata beat two other newcomers in the mayoral election held following the resignation of the former mayor.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Jun 20, 2023
LDP power struggle in Yamaguchi shows waning influence of Abe faction
With Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi having been selected for the new No. 3 district, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's caucus has come out on top over the Abe faction.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
May 24, 2023
Japan's political parties prepare as talk of snap election heats up
While Prime Minister Fumio Kishida may or may not call a snap election now that the G7 summit is over, that uncertainty isn't stopping political parties from planning their next moves.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
May 15, 2023
Uzbekistan-born lawmaker looks to turn love of Japan into social change
Orzugul, who was recently elected to a seat in the Setagaya Ward Assembly, is looking to use it to address concerns of marginalized groups — issues she is all too familiar with.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
May 14, 2023
Possible snap election after G7 summit unclear despite Kishida's popularity rebound
A recent rise in approval ratings for his Cabinet has strengthened speculation that Prime Minister Fumio Kishida may dissolve the House of Representatives after the G7 summit.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
May 2, 2023
Chiba Prefecture woman arrested over Twitter threat to release sarin
Miyuki Yamamoto, who ran unsuccessfully for the Funabashi Municipal Assembly last month, was arrested on suspicion of obstructing business with fraudulent information.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 28, 2023
A small Japanese town sets new precedent for women in politics
Among the country’s city councils and assemblies, men held more than 80% of the total seats as of 2021. But in Ebetsu, more than 40% of the city council members are women.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 26, 2023
Japan public safety chief kept eating despite news of Kishida attack
'I had been looking forward to eating a delicious bowl of grilled eel rice,' the safety chief said. 'I was just about to start eating when I received a call from the National Police Agency.'
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Apr 25, 2023
Japan’s political landscape after the unified elections
The ruling LDP and its junior coalition partner saw most of their candidates succeed across the country in Sunday's unified elections. The exception is where Nippon Ishin no Kai surged.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 25, 2023
Ashiya's new mayor stands out in a local politics dominated by old men
Ryosuke Takashima has grabbed headlines since becoming the youngest city chief ever elected in Japan.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / ANALYSIS
Apr 24, 2023
Kishida rules out snap poll after LDP wins big in Sunday by-elections
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party received a welcome boost Sunday night as four of five LDP-affiliated or supported candidates won key parliamentary by-elections.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 24, 2023
Former bureaucrat wins Nagasaki mayoral race in unified polls
Elsewhere, in Hyogo Prefecture, Ryosuke Takashima, a 26-year-old independent candidate, won the Ashiya mayoral race, becoming the country's youngest mayor ever.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 23, 2023
Voting underway for five by-elections amid snap election rumors
The outcome of the polls has drawn attention since it could affect Kishida's decision on when to dissolve the Lower House for a snap election.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 20, 2023
Voter reaction to attack on Kishida could impact Sunday by-elections
How the ruling party performs is expected to influence Kishida’s decision on whether to call a snap election in the coming months.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Apr 20, 2023
Despite hurdles, more political candidates hit campaign trail with young children
Politics in Japan has long been considered the domain of those who are capable of committing to the duty 24/7, marginalizing the voices of families with young children.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 19, 2023
Attack against Kishida prompts debate over election campaign events
Still, top LDP lawmakers have reiterated the importance of outdoor campaigning even for big-name politicians, expressing their hesitation to move such speeches indoors.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Apr 18, 2023
Why left-wing parties in Japan are failing to attract young voters
While liberal youths overseas have been able to find their way into politics, in Japan, forces on the left like the Japanese Communist Party have largely been unable to garner support.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 16, 2023
Campaigning starts for second half of Japan's unified polls
The official campaign period has kicked off for the second half of Japan's unified local elections slated for April 23.

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