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The newly appointed leader of the Japanese Communist Party, Tomoko Tamura (front left), addresses the party convention on Jan. 18. The JCP is hoping its recent leadership change will improve its electoral fortunes.
Jan 30, 2024
What the future holds for the Japanese Communist Party
After a decade of steadily declining seat counts in the Diet, the Japanese Communist Party has turned to its first-ever female leader.
The Japanese Communist Party named Tomoko Tamura as its chair at the party's congress in Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture. She takes over from predecessor Kazuo Shii (left) who had held the post since 2000.
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 18, 2024
Japanese Communist Party picks first-ever female leader
Upper House member Tomoka Tamura takes over the chair of the 102-year-old political party — Japan’s oldest — from Kazuo Shii, who held the post since 2000.
Newly elected Yawata Mayor Shoko Kawata (right) receives flowers at city hall on Thursday.
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 22, 2023
LDP and CDP join forces against Nippon Ishin in local elections
While such coordination isn't uncommon, in the past it has generally been aimed at beating candidates from the Japanese Communist Party.
Ichiro Ozawa (third from right) with other members of parliament at a ceremony to launch a new party in Tokyo in July 2012.
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 15, 2023
Ichiro Ozawa is once again looking for a way to defeat the LDP
The octogenarian political veteran is looking to cap his long career with another successful drive to defeat the ruling LDP at the polls.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan head Kenta Izumi (left) and the Democratic Party for the People leader Yuichiro Tamaki (right) attend a Rengo convention in Tokyo on Thursday.
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 5, 2023
Kishida’s attendance at union event offers hint at electoral strategy
The prime minister attended the event in his latest effort to court union members and expand his party's electoral base.
Democratic Party for the People leader Yuichiro Tamaki speaks during an interview in his Tokyo office on September 7
JAPAN / Politics
Sep 12, 2023
Japan's opposition struggles to move beyond political fragmentation
The leadership race for the DPP has reignited debate over the state of the opposition, with calls for a united front clashing with divisions over policy.
Ariel Ling-chun Liu (left) and Masahiro Shibaguchi on Aug. 16 in Taipei, where they registered their marriage.
JAPAN / Society
Aug 22, 2023
Gay assemblyman calls for Japan to accept same-sex marriage
Japan remains the only Group of Seven nation that does not recognize same-sex marriage.
Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Toshimitsu Motegi announces support measures to increase the number of female lawmakers at the party's headquarters in Tokyo on Aug. 1.
JAPAN / Politics
Aug 18, 2023
Japanese political parties boosting support for female candidates
The parties hope to win the support of independent voters by demonstrating their commitment to increasing the number of female lawmakers.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 25, 2023
Parties have 708 candidates lined up for next Lower House poll
Many people speculate that Kishida may dissolve the Lower House for a snap election in the fall.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Jun 21, 2023
Kishida comes away from parliamentary session with key goals achieved
Out of 60 bills it submitted, 58 became law, a 96.7% passage rate — a slight drop from the equivalent session last year, where all 61 bills received parliament"s approval.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 9, 2023
Bill to promote LGBTQ understanding passes key step in Japan's Lower House
Discussions took place at an unusual speed, with the committee approving the proposal after only a few hours of debate.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 8, 2023
Japan's controversial immigration bill set to pass parliament
The bill has drawn considerable attention in the political hub of Nagatacho as left-wing opposition forces launched an extensive campaign to block the approval of the bill.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
May 19, 2023
Japan’s largest opposition party could be reaching a breaking point
The CDP faces a crisis as internal arguments, poor elections results and the rise of Nippon Ishin threaten its status as Japan’s largest opposition party.
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
Apr 16, 2023
Democracy in half measures? Then let violence come.
Did the toiling masses give up on Japanese democracy ahead of the war because it was coming from the mouths of the upper classes who exploited them?
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 23, 2023
Japanese Communist Party expulsions cause jitters in party ranks
Citing a serious violation of party regulations, the JCP expelled Nobuyuki Matsutake and Hajime Suzuki after both used book publications to agitate for the vote among party members.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 20, 2023
Japan Communist Party urged to hold leadership election
Nobuyuki Matsutake called into question incumbent JCP leader Kazuo Shii having remained in position for over 20 years.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 6, 2023
Kishida again puts LDP-DPP tie-up in spotlight with labor union appearance
The DPP is strongly backed by members of the Japanese Trade Union Confederation, and the labor group's leader has moved the organization closer to the LDP.
Japan Times
Nov 6, 2022
Main opposition seeks talks with party chiefs on Unification Church victims
A top official with the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan has called for early talks for rescuing victims of questionable practices by the group.
Japan Times
Sep 22, 2022
Lawmakers' attendance at Abe state funeral largely split along party lines
While most are making their decision based on their partyu2019s relationship with the late politician, there are individual exceptions in both the ruling and opposition parties.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves