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LDP

EDITORIALS
May 4, 2013
Mr. Kaieda must lead and fight
An Upper House by-election victory in Yamaguchi Prefecture is a boon to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ahead of nationwide Upper House elections this summer.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 28, 2013
Sovereignty celebration hit by protests
The government holds its first formal celebration of the day the San Francisco Peace Treaty ended the allied Occupation, angering residents in Okinawa, which stayed under U.S. control until 1972.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 26, 2013
Parties lining up celebrities for Upper House race
Former prosecutor Masaru Wakasa, 56, a frequent commentator on news programs and talk shows who once worked in the Tokyo District Public Prosecutor's Office, said Thursday he will run in this summer's Upper House election as a Liberal Democratic Party candidate.
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 25, 2013
LDP election strategy: double farming income
To shore up Japan's declining farm sector and mollify TPP critics, the Liberal Democratic Party proposes doubling farmers' incomes over the next 10 years.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan / THE VIEW FROM EUROPE
Apr 22, 2013
Polished PR, perception strategy fourth arrow in 'Abenomics' quiver
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is back and so, it appears, is Japan. The yen is down, the Nikkei up, and approval ratings and expectations for the new government are sky high.
JAPAN
Apr 19, 2013
Tourism panel eyes easy visas
Easier visa requirements were recommended to the government Thursday to lift foreign tourism to Japan.
EDITORIALS
Apr 18, 2013
LDP out to undermine Constitution
The LDP seeks to revise Japan's Constitution in ways that run counter to modern principles aimed at preventing the imposition of arbitrary and warlike policy.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / THE FOREIGN ELEMENT
Apr 16, 2013
Mad court rush could brake or bless Abe's vision
As Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Cabinet rush to diminish the Bank of Japan's bothersome independence, join the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations (sort of . . .), start pouring lovely, popular concrete before the summer House of Councilors elections and (sotto voce) maybe even amend the Constitution, something amazing is happening in courts around the country: They are making decisions with astonishing speed and potentially profound implications. The two things may not be unrelated.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 11, 2013
Election campaigning takes to Net
Japan is finally dropping restrictions on the use of the Internet as an election campaign tool in a first step toward sweeping changes to the outdated Public Offices Election law before the Upper House poll slated for July.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 10, 2013
Hokkaido opposition to TPP surges
On a late March afternoon in central Sapporo's "raccoon trail," a covered shopping arcade, business is particularly brisk. While Honshu's main cities celebrate under the cherry blossoms, several meters of snow remain piled up beside icy sidewalks — with more expected.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 8, 2013
LDP panel binds TOEFL to degrees
The Test of English as a Foreign Language will be needed to enter public universities and graduate from them if the LDP's educational reforms are formalized.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 5, 2013
To communicate in English, TOEFL is vital: LDP panel
English-language education at public schools should shift in emphasis to verbal communications skills, and for that purpose, universities must adopt the Test of English as a Foreign Language for entrance exams, the head of the Liberal Democratic Party's education reform panel said.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 4, 2013
Ex-Olympian Tsukahara aims to run for Upper House
Mitsuo Tsukahara, a gymnast who won multiple Olympic gold medals, said Wednesday he intends to run in the Upper House election this summer as a proportional representation candidate for the Liberal Democratic Party.
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 1, 2013
Election reform now key task for Abe & Co.
Prime Minister Abe may soon face a challenge over the issue of vote-value disparities as the opposition demands swifter, more comprehensive reforms to close the unconstitutional gaps.
JAPAN
Mar 29, 2013
LDP takes aim at English education, seeks to boost TOEFL levels
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is on a quest to reform the educational system in order to foster global talent to reverse the nation’s declining competitiveness on the world stage, and English-language studies have been especially targeted for improvement.
EDITORIALS
Mar 27, 2013
Keep minority views alive
The Liberal Democratic Party discloses a flawed proposal to alter the electoral system toward less vote-value disparity between Lower House districts.
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 25, 2013
LDP urges TOEFL scores as college entrance, graduation requirement
The Liberal Democratic Party's panel on education reform will propose that universities set minimum TOEFL scores for both enrollment and graduation, sources said.
EDITORIALS
Mar 23, 2013
What's the LDP's true agenda?
In the wake of the LDP's most recent convention, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would do well to stop obsessing over nonessential constitutional revisions.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 20, 2013
LDP breaks out election mascots
Illustrated characters resembling Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Secretary General Shigeru Ishiba have recently been selected to promote the resurgent LDP and its conservative causes with a requisite dash of cute.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 17, 2013
Keep eye on July poll, Abe tells LDP faithful
The LDP kicks off its annual convention with a reminder from President Abe to stay vigilant ahead of the Upper House election and a vow to protect farmers during the TPP talks.

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