Editorials Mar 9, 2015

A voice for 18-year-olds

It is hoped that lowering Japan's minimum voting age for elections from 20 to 18 — as the Diet now seems certain to approve in time for the Upper House election next year — will encourage political participation by more youths just as Japan ...

Editorials Oct 21, 2014

More money scandals

The unusual resignation of two recently appointed female Cabinet ministers in one day reflects the Abe administration's effort to contain political damage caused by the separate spending scandals involving the women.

Vote-buying probe nets arrest of Tokuda's mom

National / Crime & Legal Dec 4, 2013

Vote-buying probe nets arrest of Tokuda's mom

Prosecutors arrested six people, including the mother of a Lower House lawmaker, on Wednesday as part of the vote-buying and campaign-funding scandal embroiling the Tokushukai hospital group. They are suspected of providing local politicians and others with ¥60 million in vote-buying funds for the 2012 ...