Tag - ldp



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.
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.
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
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...


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