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Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks at a Lower House Budget Committee session in Tokyo on Monday.
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 22, 2024
LDP to present political reform plan this week as pressure grows
The move will lay the groundwork for an amendment of the political funds control law in the current session of parliament slated to end June 23.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Monday marked 932 days in office, tying with Ryutaro Hashimoto as the eighth-longest-serving prime minister in postwar Japan.
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 22, 2024
Kishida is now postwar Japan's eighth-longest-serving PM
Victory in the LDP's presidential election in autumn will put him in the running to surpass Nobusuke Kishi, who held office for 1,241 days.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida addresses a joint session of the U.S. Congress in Washington on April 11.
Apr 21, 2024
Kishida must wish he’d stayed in Washington
At home, Kishida’s polling numbers near record lows, he faces never-ending political scandals and a public that is weary of him.
Former Prime Minister Taro Aso speaks during a forum in Taiwan in 2023.
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 19, 2024
Former PM Aso seeks Trump meeting during New York visit: report
Aso had attempted to meet Trump in January during a trip to the U.S. but was not able to see him.
CDP head Kenta Izumi speaks to reporters in Tokyo on April 13.
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 19, 2024
Kishida and Izumi to campaign in must-win Shimane as by-election looms
For Kishida and the LDP, the Shimane race is a must-win contest, while the opposition is looking to gain ground in a ruling party stronghold.
LDP Secretary-General Toshimitsu Motegi arrives for his faction meeting in Tokyo on Wednesday.
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 18, 2024
Motegi faces bumpy road after faction dissolution
Motegi has never sought to conceal his aspirations for the top spot, but his prospects may now be dwindling.
Ryu Shionoya, former chair of the Liberal Democratic Party's General Council, faces reporters in the parliament building on Friday.
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 17, 2024
LDP rejects senior member's request for review of penalty over funds scandal
No faults were found in the procedures for meting out the penalty against Ryu Shionoya, a party official said.
People listen to a campaign speech in Tokyo's Koto Ward on Tuesday.
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 16, 2024
Unpacking the chaotic by-election in a scandal-hit Tokyo district
The residents of Tokyo's No. 15 district — which corresponds to the city’s southeastern Koto Ward — will head to the polls for the third time in a year.
Former Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga (left) visits the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on Monday.
Apr 16, 2024
Ex-PM Suga inspects Fukushima nuclear plant
Suga may have partly intended to demonstrate his presence ahead of three by-elections for the House of Representatives later this month, observers said.
Takuya Hirai (left), chair of the Liberal Democratic Party's Public Relations Headquarters shows the party's new poster bearing a slogan created by generative artificial intelligence, at the party's headquarters on Monday.
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 15, 2024
AI creates Japan ruling party's new poster slogan
The LDP will print about 150,000 copies of the new poster and put them up across the country.
LDP Secretary-General Toshimitsu Motegi and election strategy committee chair Yuko Obuchi speak to reporters in Tokyo on April 2.
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 15, 2024
By-elections to determine Kishida’s fate within LDP
Losing in the Shimane No. 1 district, long an LDP stronghold, would mark a major blow to the prime minister.
Results of three by-elections on April 28 will likely influence the fate of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's administration.
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 14, 2024
Three Japan by-elections set to start amid fund scandal
The official campaign period is set to start Tuesday for the April 28 by-elections for the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of the Diet.
LDP lawmaker Keisuke Suzuki, who heads a task force on the possible revision of the political funds control law, speaks during a meeting at the party's headquarters in Tokyo on Friday.
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 13, 2024
LDP eyeing political funds law revision talks without own idea
Behind the envisaged law revision is a high-profile slush funds scandal involving members of the LDP.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida arrives for a tour of a new Toyota battery factory in Liberty, North Carolina, on Friday.
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 13, 2024
Kishida touts U.S. visit success, saying snap election not on his mind
The prime minister, who is due to fly back on Saturday, will be hoping the diplomatic success can translate into a bump in his low approval ratings.
Author Hirotada Ototake declares his candidacy for the April 28 House of Representatives by-election in the Tokyo No. 15 constituency during a news conference in Tokyo on Monday.
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 12, 2024
LDP won't endorse author Hirotada Ototake in Tokyo by-election
The by-election for the lower chamber of parliament will be held to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of ex-LDP member Mito Kakizawa.
Emperor Naruhito at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo on Tuesday
Apr 11, 2024
Japan to launch full-scale talks over shrinking imperial family
Japan's ruling and opposition parties are set to start talks on measures to address the shrinking number of imperial family members.
Approval rate for Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's Cabinet hit a new low of 16.6% in April since its launch in October 2021.
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 11, 2024
Support for Kishida Cabinet sinks to fresh low of 16.6%, poll shows
The approval rate fell 1.4 percentage points from the previous month, while the disapproval rate climbed 2.0 points to 59.4%.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is interviewed Tokyo on April 5. Kishida left for the U.S. on Monday amid record low poll numbers due to his handling of the political funds scandal that has rocked the LDP.
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Apr 10, 2024
Will Kishida dissolve parliament in June?
Speculation has been fueled by comments from Kishida’s fellow Liberal Democratic Party members and the prime minister himself.
Author Hirotada Ototake declares his candidacy for the April 28 House of Representatives by-election in the Tokyo No. 15 constituency during a news conference in Tokyo Monday.
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 8, 2024
Japanese author Ototake to run in Lower House by-election
Ototake, who was born without arms or legs, says he wants to "help people in need through the power of politics."
Toshimitsu Motegi
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 7, 2024
LDP's Motegi vows to promote party reforms after money scandal
"The party takes the problem seriously and I want related lawmakers to work hard so that something like this will never happen again," said Motegi.


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