National / Politics Nov 21, 2014

LDP, Komeito each finalize emergency stimulus package

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its junior partner, Komeito, have finalized their respective emergency economic stimulus packages, both centering on steps to bolster domestic demand that has been sluggish since the April 1 consumption tax hike. The packages include measures to invigorate regional economies ...

Komeito's 50 years of losing its religion

National / Politics | ANALYSIS Nov 20, 2014

Komeito's 50 years of losing its religion

by Mizuho Aoki

Back in 1964, when the lay Buddhist organization Soka Gakkai founded Komeito, many people looked on warily: They believed it violated the Constitution's separation of religion and politics. But in the week Komeito marked its 50th anniversary, observers say the party has successfully diluted its ...

National / Politics Oct 15, 2014

Komeito chief calls on Takaichi not to visit Yasukuni

Komeito to Takaichi: avoid Yasukuni The head of Komeito, the junior ruling coalition partner of the Liberal Democratic Party, urged internal affairs minister Sanae Takaichi on Wednesday to drop her plan to visit Yasukuni Shrine during its upcoming fall festival. "We have been trying to create ...

National / Politics Feb 26, 2014

Komeito hits Cabinet defense ploy

by Ayako Mie

Differences between the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and New Komeito are surfacing over collective self-defense, in which conservative Prime Minister Shin­zo Abe aims to reverse a long-held pacifist principle by Cabinet decision only.

National / Politics Sep 19, 2013

Cash handouts of ¥10,000 eyed for poor after tax hike

To cushion the impact of the first stage of the consumption tax hike, the government plans to distribute cash payments of ¥10,000 to ¥15,000 to people with low incomes, sources said Wednesday. Households exempt from the local inhabitant tax will receive ¥10,000 per person, with ...

Editorials Jul 22, 2013

Short of wholehearted support

The LDP and Komeito parties should not view their Upper House election dominance, amid low voter turnout, as carte blanche to ramrod through pet policy lines.