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Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Toshimitsu Motegi (left), Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and LDP Vice President Taro Aso at a political reform meeting at the party headquarters in Tokyo on Monday
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 22, 2024
LDP panel to seek faction disbandment if political funds law violated
Under its proposals, the party would be able to request that a faction disband if it is found to have violated the political funds control law, sources said.
As the political upheaval continues, the administration of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is readying itself for the release of a party political reform panel’s report on the slush funds scandal and its recommendations for ensuring it doesn’t happen again.
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 22, 2024
Kishida's LDP factions gamble fails to improve his popularity
A Yomiuri Shimbun poll conducted over the weekend found the Kishida Cabinet’s approval rating was 24%, the lowest since the LDP returned to power in 2012.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced the dissolution of his LDP faction on Friday, marking a significant shift in the wake of a political funding scandal.
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jan 22, 2024
Mired in scandal, the LDP chips away at its factions
Three LDP factions, including Kishida's, announced their dissolution last week. While it's unlikely that all groupings will meet the same fate, reform is in the air.
Former LDP Policy Research Council head Koichi Hagiuda (right) speaks in Hachioji, Tokyo, late Sunday night after Kazuo Shiyake won the city's mayoral election.
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 22, 2024
Ruling bloc-backed candidate wins Hachioji election
The win comes despite the LDP being embroiled in a high-profile slush funds scandal linked to its factions' fundraising parties.
Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Toshimitsu Motegi speaks to reporters at the party's headquarters in Tokyo on Friday.
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 21, 2024
Tougher funds law eyed as LDP's Motegi and Aso look to keep factions
LDP Secretary-General Toshimitsu Motegi has suggested the introduction of a guilt-by-association system amid a fundraising scandal roiling the ruling party.
Ryu Shionoya (left), chairman of the Abe faction, and former parliamentary affairs chief Tsuyoshi Takagi bow during a news conference on Friday in Tokyo.
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 20, 2024
Record-low public support sends shockwaves through LDP
The falling support for the LDP is primarily due to a political funds scandal involving the party's powerful factions.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida attends a news conference at the Prime Minister's Office in Tokyo on Jan. 4.
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Jan 20, 2024
Kishida takes risky gamble by dissolving LDP faction
Members of the factions led by LDP Vice President Taro Aso and Secretary-General Toshimitsu Motegi have resisted following suit, potentially endangering the PM.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s sudden announcement on Thursday regarding the dissolution of his Liberal Democratic Party faction came after the group became caught up in a slush funds scandal that continues to shake his administration and the party.
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 19, 2024
LDP turmoil continues as three major factions announce dissolution
Lawmakers from the 98-member political faction that was previously led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made the decision during a meeting Friday night.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks during a news conference on Dec. 13.
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 18, 2024
Kishida aims to disband his faction amid political funds scandals
The move would mark a bid to restore public trust toward politics amid a series of political funds scandals.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida referred to the underreporting by the faction that he previously led as “a series of administrative errors” and added that the group was going to make necessary amendments on Thursday.
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 18, 2024
LDP political funds probe nears close with top lawmakers likely unscathed
Clerical staff of LDP factions will likely face indictment over underreporting of revenues in political funds reports, while party heavyweights will emerge largely unscathed.
The Liberal Democratic Party headquarters in Tokyo. In the wake of a political funding scandal, some are calling for the dissolution of the LDP's factions.
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jan 16, 2024
Eliminating factions isn’t the answer to the funding scandal
In the wake of a political funding scandal that has embroiled the LDP, some are calling for the dissolution of the party's factions. That would be a mistake.
After two meetings of an ad-hoc panel established by party leader and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida earlier this month, fissures between lawmakers have emerged, and at the moment the outcome of the debate remains hard to predict.
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 17, 2024
Dissolving factions becomes focus of LDP funding scandal task force
The discussions have led to divisions between lawmakers, and at the moment the outcome of the debate remains hard to predict.
Mito Kakizawa (right) and former Koto Ward Mayor Yayoi Kimura in October
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 17, 2024
Ex-senior vice justice minister indicted for breach of election law
Including sums paid by secretaries, the lawmaker is suspected of having provided around ¥3.3 million to support a candidate he backed in a mayoral race.
Prosecutors raid the office of the Liberal Democratic Party's Abe faction in Tokyo on Dec. 19. The decision to not indict the faction leaders comes after all underwent voluntary questioning by the special investigation department of the Tokyo prosecutor’s office.
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 16, 2024
Abe faction's seven senior members won't be prosecuted, reports say
Proving a criminal conspiracy between them and the group's treasurer to not report excess income from fundraising parties has been deemed too difficult by investigators.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshimasa Hayashi (second from left) attends a Lower House steering committee meeting in Tokyo Tuesday.
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 16, 2024
Japan parliament to convene 150-day regular session on Jan. 26
Once the parliament opens, opposition parties are set to grill Kishida, who heads the LDP, over a secret slush fund scandal.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks with evacuees at a junior high school in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, that is serving as an evacuation shelter, on Sunday.
JAPAN
Jan 15, 2024
86.6% back tougher political funds control laws amid scandal
Some 61.6% of poll respondents were also dissatisfied with Kishida's handling of the aftermath of a magnitude-7.6 earthquake that struck the Noto Peninsula on New Year's Day.
Key members of the largest faction of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, formerly headed by late former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, stand on a stage during the faction's fundraising party held at a Tokyo hotel in May.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 14, 2024
Prosecutors may not build case vs. bigwigs of scandal-hit LDP faction
Once led by the late Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the LDP's largest faction is accused of failing to report hundreds of millions of yen from fundraisers.
Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa during a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the State Department in Washington on Friday
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 14, 2024
Kamikawa's star rising as potential candidate to replace Kishida
Since Kamikawa took office in September, her reputation has been gradually bolstered by her energetic diplomatic trips.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida addresses the first meeting of the Liberal Democratic Party's reform panel, held Thursday at the party's headquarters, along with former Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and LDP Secretary-General Toshimitsu Motegi.
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 12, 2024
Ruling LDP starts discussions to reform political funds rules
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who heads the LDP, held the "political reform" panel's first meeting on Thursday.
Journalists gather in front of lawmaker Yoshitaka Ikeda's office in Nagoya on Sunday after he was arrested in connection to a political funds scandal.
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 9, 2024
Arrested lawmaker Ikeda allegedly ordered disposal of fundraising data
Tokyo prosecutors suspect that ex-LDP member Yoshitaka Ikeda led the destruction of evidence related to alleged slush funds.

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