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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.
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.
Officials of the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office's special investigation squad prepare to search the office of House of Representatives lawmaker Yoshitaka Ikeda in his constituency in Nagoya on Dec. 27.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 8, 2024
Storage media from offices of arrested LDP lawmaker were found damaged
Prosecutors believe that Yoshitaka Ikeda or his staff damaged the storage media in an attempt to destroy evidence.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida faces reporters at the Prime Minister's Office on Sunday.
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Jan 8, 2024
LDP lawmaker arrest further blurs Japan PM's fate
Yoshitaka Ikeda became the first lawmaker arrested in the latest political fundraising scandal involving the LDP's largest faction.
Officials with the Tokyo District Public Prosecutor's Office remove seized items during a raid on the local office of Lower House lawmaker Yoshitaka Ikeda in Nagoya in December.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 7, 2024
Prosecutors make first arrest in LDP political funding scandal
Lower House lawmaker Yoshitaka Ikeda, suspected of having taken more than ¥48 million from his faction's slush funds, was arrested in connection with the scandal.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Taro Aso, vice president of the Liberal Democratic Party, shake hands last November.
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 7, 2024
Kishida forced to rely more on 'kingmaker' Taro Aso amid funds scandal
The move underscored how Kishida's political influence is plunging as more LDP lawmakers have begun to doubt his leadership and ability to handle the accusations.
Then-LDP Secretary-General Toshihiro Nikai and then-LDP policy chief Fumio Kishida at the party's headquarters in Tokyo in October 2017.
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 6, 2024
Ex-LDP Secretary-General Nikai questioned over growing funds scandal
The political funds scandal has rocked the government of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, already struggling amid low public support.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Tokyo on Thursday
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 5, 2024
PM vows to establish rules to boost transparency of LDP factions
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida pledged to establish rules to enhance the transparency of factions within his ruling Liberal Democratic Party.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida awaits the results of a no-confidence vote against his Cabinet in the country's parliament on Dec. 13.
Jan 2, 2024
Unpacking the LDP's expected leadership race
LDP politicians are already talking about a leadership change, and the polls have shifted to who the public wants to see in the prime minister’s office.
Former LDP Secretary-General and Defense Minister Secretary Shigeru Ishiba has been a top choice to replace Kishida in a number of recent media polls.
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 2, 2024
Who might succeed Fumio Kishida in 2024?
Several names have emerged as potential candidates for prime minister in the wake of a political funds scandal enveloping the LDP.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida attends a council meeting at business lobby Keidanren (Japan Business Federation) in Tokyo on Dec. 25.
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 1, 2024
Kishida says Japan to play leading diplomatic role in 'tense' 2024
In his New Year's address, the PM, who puts intense focus on diplomacy with other world leaders, said he will exert leadership "unique to Japan."
The Liberal Democratic Party headquarters in Tokyo
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 31, 2023
Criminal cases eyed for Japan's ruling party accountants
Prosecutors are also considering whether to build cases against two LDP lawmakers who are suspected of receiving tens of millions of yen under the fundraising scheme.
Fumio Kishida
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 31, 2023
Kishida mulls dropping Latin America trip amid fund scandal
Kishida was expected to make his first visit to Latin America as prime minister in January.


The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan