Tag - ldp



JAPAN / Politics
Mar 15, 2013
LDP eyes seats for smaller parties
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party's leadership proposed Thursday to preferentially allocate 60 of the 150 proportional representatioin seats in the Lower House to smaller political parties, LDP lawmakers said.
Mar 14, 2013
LDP panel gives Abe green light to announce Japan's participation in TPP
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party has adopted a resolution supporting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's expected announcement that Japan will take part in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade talks involving 11 other Pacific Rim nations.
Mar 1, 2013
Tough road ahead for the DPJ
The Democratic Party of Japan, which suffered a severe setback in the Dec. 16 Lower House election, on Feb. 24 held a party convention aimed at laying the foundation for its resuscitation. Although it adopted a party platform and a seven-point declaration, it is hard to see how the No. 1 opposition party will gather the momentum needed for a competitive revival.
Japan Times
Feb 27, 2013
Currency veteran offers BOJ credibility on reflation
The Bank of Japan may pack a bigger punch under Haruhiko Kuroda, an opponent of deflation who ran the nation's currency policy and then built an international reputation leading the Asian Development Bank.
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 15, 2013
LDP gets behind the Hague Convention
Now that a majority of the Diet appears to support joining the international treaty on settling cross-border child custody disputes, the government expressed determination Thursday to push for quick ratification of the 1980 Hague Convention.
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 8, 2013
LDP ranks, like-minded lobbies rally against TPP
About 120 members of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party joined major lobby groups for a rally Thursday to oppose participation in the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade talks, stepping up pressure on the Abe administration to maintain barriers on sensitive items in the farming, fishing and medical markets.
Japan Times
Feb 4, 2013
Keep Abe's hawks in check or Japan and Asia will suffer
On Jan. 1, The Japan Times' lead story was "Summer poll to keep Abe in check." It made the argument that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party alliance falls short of a majority in the Upper House, so until elections happen this summer he lacks a "full-fledged administration" to carry out a conservative agenda.
JAPAN / Society
Jan 28, 2013
Antibullying bill targets Web posts, punishment by teachers
Rising pressure to reduce bullying prompts the Liberal Democratic Party to draft a bill that would make corporal punishment by teachers a form of the violent phenomenon.
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 7, 2013
LDP will support Abe on TPP talks: Takaichi
Liberal Democratic Party policy chief Sanae Takaichi said Sunday that if Prime Minister Shinzo Abe decides to join the talks on the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership, he will have his party's backing because Japan still has the option of skipping the free-trade pact.
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 7, 2013
Seiko Noda suggests binding quotas to lift women
Seiko Noda, head of the Liberal Democratic Party's decision-making General Council, said Sunday it is necessary to introduce legally binding numerical targets to promote the social advancement of women.
Japan Times
Dec 26, 2012
Abe taps two women for key posts in LDP
Incoming Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tapped two high-profile female lawmakers Tuesday for the top executive posts of the Liberal Democratic Party in an apparent effort to garner the support of female voters ahead of the Upper House election next summer.
Reader Mail
Jun 21, 2012
What 'international outcry'?
The June 17 Page 2 article "Oi decision draws international outcry" is very interesting with regard to the disparity between the headline and the body of the article.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health
Mar 23, 2012
Lawmaker has no regrets about giving birth at 50
Seiko Noda, a 51-year-old Lower House lawmaker, drew wide public attention and controversy by bearing a child at age 50 through artificial insemination.
Japan Times
Jul 3, 2011
Antinuke stance within establishment slowly gathers steam
In May, Wakamono Manifest Sakutei Iinkai, a policy research group dedicated to issues relevant to people under 40, posted results of a survey in which members were asked who they wanted to lead Japan. There was no consensus, but the individual who received the most votes was Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker Taro Kono, followed by Osaka Governor Toru Hashimoto and "no one."
Japan Times
Feb 24, 2011
Seiko Noda marries and spouse takes her surname
GIFU (Kyodo) House of Representatives lawmaker Seiko Noda filed her marriage to her common-law husband with local authorities after giving birth to a baby boy last month through artificial insemination after years of fertility treatment, her office said Wednesday.
Jan 7, 2011
Lawmaker Seiko Noda gives birth to boy
GIFU (Kyodo) Seiko Noda, a 50-year-old House of Representatives member, gave birth to a boy at a Tokyo hospital Thursday morning, her Gifu-based office said, marking a successful end to years of fertility treatment.
Japan Times
Oct 8, 2010
Seiko Noda's most coveted post: motherhood
At age 50, Seiko Noda's ardent wish to become a mother looks on track to come true.
CULTURE / Japan Pulse
Sep 24, 2010
Japan by the numbers (09.24.10)
Raise your hand if you support the DPJ, prefer the convenience of Haneda, and don't mind sharing your problems online.
Aug 27, 2010
LDP's Seiko Noda, 49, pregnant via fertility treatment
Seiko Noda, a Liberal Democratic Party member of the Lower House, has become pregnant through artificial insemination using an egg from someone in the United States after years of fertility treatment, sources said Wednesday.
Japan Times
Oct 18, 2008
Seiko Noda denies Amway gave funds for favors
Seiko Noda, the state minister in charge of consumer affairs, said Friday that networking marketer Amway Japan Ltd. bought eight tickets for her fundraising party for ¥160,000 from 2002 to April this year.


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