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Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 6, 2020
Average value of assets declared by members of Japan's Upper House hits record low
The average value of assets held by 124 Upper House members elected or re-elected last July was reported to be at a record-low of ¥18.35 million ($170,000), a Kyodo News tally showed Monday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 27, 2019
LDP eyes project team for North Korea missile defense
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is considering establishing a new project team soon to discuss the strengthening of missile defense measures amid rapid progress made by North Korea in its nuclear and missile development programs, LDP lawmakers said Saturday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 1, 2019
77% of Japanese town and village assembly members are elderly, and only 10% are female
Of the 10,956 town and village assembly members in Japan, 8,442, or 77.1 percent, were aged 60 or over as of July 1 last year, a survey showed Thursday.
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 8, 2019
LDP to propose allowing lawmakers to vote online during maternity-related absences
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party plans to propose allowing House of Representatives members to vote online if they are absent due to pregnancy or childbirth, LDP officials said Thursday.
Japan Times
Oct 18, 2018
Around 70 Japanese lawmakers visit war-linked Yasukuni Shrine for autumn festival
Around 70 Japanese lawmakers from both ruling and opposition parties visited the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo during its annual autumn festival Thursday, a day after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to the shrine.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Aug 31, 2018
LGBT people seek apology from Sugita after LDP lawmaker called them 'unproductive'
Members of sexual minority groups on Friday demanded an apology from a ruling Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker who claimed in a magazine article that the government should not support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people because they cannot bear offspring and thus are "unproductive."
JAPAN / Politics
Jul 2, 2018
Japan's lawmakers' average income unchanged in 2017 at ¥24 million
Lawmakers' income averaged ¥24.12 million in 2017, unchanged from a year earlier, with the top three earning over ¥200 million each through stock sales, parliamentary data showed Monday.
Japan Times
Aug 9, 2017
'Maternity harassment' still dogs female lawmakers despite government's empowerment goals
While allowing female employees to take maternity leave is becoming the norm in the nation's private sector, women in politics can still face a storm of criticism even for getting pregnant.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jul 3, 2017
Aso's office admits deputy prime minister broke guidelines on golf club memberships
Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso violated the ministers' guidelines recommending against the purchase or sale of golf club memberships while in office, a parliamentary report showed Monday.
JAPAN / Politics
Jul 4, 2016
Diet members earned an average of ¥22.69 million in 2015
The average income of national lawmakers fell 6.5 percent in 2015 from a year earlier to ¥22.69 million for the first decline in four years, the Diet reported Monday.
Japan Times
Jan 7, 2016
LDP lawmaker faces off against his party's old guard over child care leave plan
Liberal Democratic Party Lower House lawmaker Kensuke Miyazaki wanted to do something to change the nation's declining birthrate, so he announced last month he planned to take child care leave after his wife gives birth.
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 29, 2015
Male-female tie ends Oiso's status as only assembly dominated by women
The women of Oiso, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan's only town where they held a majority of the municipal assembly, lost their grip on power in an election Sunday when they surrendered one seat to the male camp.
Feb 13, 2015
Lawmakers set up group to end killing of stray cats and dogs
A total of 53 lawmakers set up a nonpartisan animal protection group Thursday, with the aim of abolishing the killing of stray cats and dogs by local governments.
Japan Times
Jan 30, 2015
54% of assemblywomen uncomfortable with counterparts' sexist acts
A nationwide survey of assemblywomen said Friday that just over 54 percent of female lawmakers feel uncomfortable when exposed to sexist acts, remarks or verbal abuse from assemblymen.
Sep 1, 2014
U.S. lawmakers call for arming Ukraine government
U.S. Democratic and Republican lawmakers on Sunday urged Washington to arm the Ukrainian government, saying it needed help to repel what they called Russia's invasion of the country.
Aug 19, 2014
Higher standards for assemblies
Recent instances of strange or illegal behavior on the part of municipal and prefectural assembly members, including a bawling jag by a Hyogo assemblymen whose hand was caught in the cookie jar, have given many citizens cause to suspect that the overall quality of their local lawmakers is deteriorating.
Japan Times
Jun 24, 2014
Legislators turning to Internet for funds
Younger lawmakers are increasingly turning to crowdfunding as a way of raising money to finance their political activities.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 30, 2013
Japan, South Korean lawmakers call for joint history textbooks with China
Diet and South Korean lawmakers working to promote bilateral exchanges urge their governments and China to produce joint history textbooks.
JAPAN / Politics
Jul 2, 2013
Lawmakers' income rose first time in five years in 2012
The income of national lawmakers rose for the first time in five years in 2012 to an annual average of ¥20.06 million, up ¥30,000, according to government figures released Monday.
May 27, 2013
Average value of Diet lawmakers' assets grows to ¥32 million
The average value of assets held by Lower House members came to ¥32.28 million, slightly up from a record low ¥31.52 million in the previous survey, released in February 2010, according to a Kyodo News tally based on data released Monday.


Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals