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Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / GAME OF NUMBERS
Jul 4, 2013
Abe camp faces little true opposition, also little mandate
As one expert has it, the July 21 Upper House poll looks to be a cakewalk for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / THE FOREIGN ELEMENT
Jul 2, 2013
The LDP constitution, article by article: a preview of things to come?
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing for constitutional change. Yet he is playing the political huckster by proposing to first only fiddle with the amendment procedure in Article 96, lowering the threshold for the process to move forward from the approval of two-thirds of both houses of the Diet, as it currently stands, to a bare majority of the two chambers. In either case a national referendum would be required for the amendment to take effect.
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 30, 2013
LDP hopefuls back altering Constitution
Most of the Liberal Democratic Party's candidates for the Upper House election favor revising the Constitution in line with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's goal, a poll indicates.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / MAKING THEIR CASE
Jun 29, 2013
New Komeito chief vows to counter Abe if he tries to change Article 9
New Komeito President Natsuo Yamaguchi said Friday his party will continue to act as a counterweight to the Liberal Democratic Party if the senior coalition partner aggressively pursues revising the war-renouncing Article 9 or exercising the right of collective self-defense after the Upper House election.
EDITORIALS
Jun 29, 2013
Upcoming election's critical issue
Before the July 21 election, don't expect the LDP to talk much about the need to revise Article 96 of the Constitution, but it's in the party's campaign platform.
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 26, 2013
Abe eyes minor Cabinet reshuffle in September
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is planning a minor shake-up in his Cabinet in September to push his policy agenda, senior lawmakers in the Liberal Democratic Party reveal.
EDITORIALS
Jun 25, 2013
LDP's ascent in Tokyo assembly
The results of the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election indicate that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at least has done a good job of selling his economic policy.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / THE FOREIGN ELEMENT
Jun 25, 2013
Tweak the Constitution now, think later?
Whether it happens or not depends heavily on the results of the upcoming House of Councilors elections, but Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has clearly announced his intention to make amending the Constitution a campaign issue.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / ANALYSIS
Jun 24, 2013
LDP win mimics December election
The Tokyo assembly election resembled the decisive contest that returned the Liberal Democratic Party to power in December and raised its chances of taking over the Diet in July.
JAPAN
Jun 24, 2013
Abe's LDP sweeps Tokyo assembly poll ahead of Upper House election
The Liberal Democratic Party won a sweeping election victory Sunday, securing an overall majority in the 127-seat Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly with its coalition partner New Komeito, giving Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a vote of confidence heading into the crucial Upper House election next month.
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 24, 2013
LDP leads pack with 28% support rate ahead of Upper House poll
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Sunday had the highest support rating going into next month's Upper House election, leaving the opposition Democratic Party of Japan far behind, the latest survey says.
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 20, 2013
LDP July poll platform a rehash, stays vague on Constitution
The Liberal Democratic Party unveils an Upper House poll campaign platform that regurgitates previous economic plans and omits its agenda for constitutional revision.
EDITORIALS
Jun 17, 2013
What political parties have to offer
Voters shouldn't let the Upper House election campaign lull them into thinking that the Liberal Democratic Party no longer cares about constitutional revision.
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 15, 2013
Race begins for metro assembly
Campaigning kicked off Friday for the June 23 Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election, which appears to lack a major divisive issue but whose results may portend the outcome of the crucial July Upper House poll.
JAPAN
Jun 9, 2013
LDP plans bill to speed up retrieval of Japan's war dead
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is planning to propose new legislation to speed up the retrieval of remains of Japanese soldiers and civilians who died at home and abroad during the war, party sources said Saturday.
JAPAN / Politics
May 30, 2013
LDP OKs outline of bills to create U.S.-style National Security Council
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Wednesday approved an outline of bills to create an institution similar to the U.S. National Security Council, allowing the Prime Minister's Office to take the lead in security and foreign policy.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / THE FOREIGN ELEMENT
May 21, 2013
Ambivalent Japan turns on its 'insular' youth
Japan's decision to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade negotiations shows that at least some in government have accepted the fact that 'opening up' Japan is in the nation's best long-term interests.
BUSINESS / Economy / JAPANESE PERSPECTIVES
May 20, 2013
Utility, ubiquity playing key roles in corrupting policymakers' thinking
Two mind-sets seem to be catching on in Japan these days. They worry me. One is the notion that something has to be useful to be of value. The other is that anything is justifiable on the grounds that everybody else is doing it.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
May 18, 2013
As LDP rides high, are factions biding time?
In late April at an upscale hotel in Tokyo, more than 100 people thronged to have their photo taken with Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso.
JAPAN / Politics
May 12, 2013
LDP locks sights on reactors, Constitution
A draft of the Liberal Democratic Party's platform for the upcoming election states that any reactors which clear the newly compiled safety criteria will be restarted — a move likely to upset antinuclear voters awakened by the Fukushima meltdowns in 2011.

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