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Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 23, 2017
Abe's LDP faces stiff challenge in Tokyo assembly election
With favoritism allegations piling up and his Cabinet's credibility crumbling, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party faces its toughest challenge in years in the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 12, 2017
Shrinking Kochi village explores direct democracy
A mountain village in Kochi Prefecture is offering a glimpse into the future of local governance amid Japan's rapidly graying population.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
May 30, 2017
Tokyo Gov. Koike to become head of political group
Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike said Tuesday she will officially take over the leadership of a political group for which she currently serves as special adviser ahead of the upcoming Tokyo assembly election on July 2.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 20, 2017
In second questioning, Ishihara denies responsibity for Tsukiji relocation plan
Former Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara repeated Monday his claim that he was not responsible for selecting the contaminated site now planned to host the famous Tsukiji fish market.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 10, 2017
Tsukiji fiasco heads to powerful investigative committee
The time is drawing near for Tokyo's lawmakers to use a powerful investigative tool in a bid to seek answers about the Tsukiji fish market relocation fiasco.
JAPAN
Feb 22, 2017
Tokyo assembly set to summon ex-Gov. Ishihara over Tsukiji fish market relocation
The Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly decided Wednesday to summon former Gov. Shintaro Ishihara and his close aide to appear as sworn witnesses before a powerful committee looking into the controversial relocation plan for the Tsukiji fish market.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 17, 2017
Koike says more scrutiny needed in Tsukiji market relocation
In an interview with The Japan Times, Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike stressed the need to scrutinize the contamination problem at Toyosu, the relocation site for the famed Tsukiji fish market, following revelations that more toxins have been found there.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 7, 2016
Gifu assemblyman used political funds for high-class tempura restaurant
A 64-year-old member of the Gifu Municipal Assembly admitted Thursday to using political funds in an inappropriate manner, including visiting a high-class tempura restaurant in Tokyo's Ginza district.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Sep 14, 2016
DP pair also quit Toyama assembly over political funds abuses
A local Democratic Party faction of the Toyama Municipal Assembly said Wednesday that it has received about ¥11.8 million in political funds from cooked-up receipts between fiscal 2013 and fiscal 2015 that ended in March.
JAPAN
Jun 24, 2016
Tokyo assembly cancels Rio Olympics trips over costs
The Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly on Friday canceled scheduled trips to Rio de Janeiro to observe the Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer as their costs are likely to be much higher than expected.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 16, 2016
Masuzoe to get ¥22 million retirement allowance after quitting Tokyo governorship
Regardless of behavior and performance, a governor's retirement allowance is determined solely by their monthly salary and the number of months served in office.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 15, 2016
Masuzoe resigns over expenses scandal; Sakurai vows not to enter forthcoming gubernatorial race
After weeks of mounting pressure over a political funds scandal that has tainted his office, Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe on Wednesday submitted a letter of resignation to the Tokyo assembly speaker, which takes effect on Tuesday.
EDITORIALS
Jun 15, 2016
Masuzoe throws in the towel
The Tokyo governor's resignation may be convenient for the ruling parties, but they still must get to work on closing the loophole in the Political Funds Control Law that led to the scandal.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
May 29, 2016
60% of assemblywomen say they have been sexually harassed by male colleagues and voters
Around 60 percent of prefectural assemblywomen across Japan have experienced sexual harassment, either by their male colleagues or voters, according to a Kyodo News survey.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Apr 25, 2016
Three-year prison term sought for Japan's 'weeping politician' accused of fraud
Prosecutors on Monday sought a three-year prison sentence for a former member of the Hyogo Prefectural Assembly who left a lasting impression on many TV viewers after weeping hysterically at a news conference where he was questioned about his alleged misuse of public funds.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 25, 2016
Court takes steps to bring 'crying politician' to trial
The Kobe District Court took steps Monday to force a former lawmaker famous for weeping hysterically at a news conference in 2014 to show up for his trial for swindling political funds.
JAPAN
Dec 13, 2015
Saitama assemblyman apologizes for remark about number of registered dogs, foreigners
An official in Saitama Prefecture apologizes after pointing out that the non-Japanese population of city of Kawaguchi is larger than the number of registered dogs.
JAPAN
Dec 3, 2015
Local assemblyman urged to resign after calling gay people 'abnormal'
A local assembly in Kanagawa Prefecture passed a resolution Thursday urging a 71-year-old assemblyman to resign immediately for calling gay people "abnormal" on social media.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 28, 2015
Several groups urge Abe to pledge to accept Syrian refugees
Private organizations supporting refugees on Monday urged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to express during his upcoming speech at the annual U.N. General Assembly session Japan's pledge to accept Syrian asylum seekers.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / MEDIA MIX
Sep 5, 2015
TV sexism comes from a problematic place
At the World Assembly for Women held in Tokyo last week, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning president of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, lauded the social achievements of women worldwide but added that "we are not there yet." Sirleaf didn't say where exactly "there" is, but during the same week, two media-related...

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