National / Politics Jun 30, 2014

Ishin-Komeito ties fray in Osaka

by Eric Johnston

Relations between Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) and New Komeito continue to deteriorate, with party heads Toru Hashimoto and Ichiro Matsui preparing to challenge two Osaka-based New Komeito leaders in the next Lower House election. At an all-party meeting Saturday, Hashimoto and Matsui ...

National / Politics Jun 10, 2014

LDP seeks defense deal by Friday

by Ayako Mie

Unless the ruling coalition strikes a deal this week, Cabinet will be unable to approve the use of collective self-defense during the current Diet session, a senior Liberal Democratic Party minister says.