Fundraising loopholes, a political norm

/ | Jul 15, 2017

Fundraising loopholes, a political norm

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The Liberal Democratic Party lost a large number of seats to Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike's upstart Tomin First Party in the Tokyo assembly election. Media surveys reveal that the public is dismayed by recent scandals involving the LDP, in particular the one surrounding educational ...

Is Japan slipping into prewar politics?

/ | Jun 3, 2017

Is Japan slipping into prewar politics?

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"The recent flurry of legislation, including a proposed anti-conspiracy amendment to the organized crime law, recalls prewar Japan," Kobe University criminal law scholar Hirofumi Uchida told the Asahi Shimbun in an interview in March. "Prewar Japan" is a pregnant phrase. It suggests militarist fascism. The ...

Mar 8, 2017

What Abe's LDP dominance portends

A lack of any signficant rivalry to Abe seems to reflect the dearth of viable next-generation leaders — a problem that could haunt the party in coming years

/ Dec 30, 2016

Parties prep candidates for next Lower House election

A total of 931 people are preparing to run in the next election for the House of Representatives, the Diet's lower chamber, a survey showed Thursday. They will vie for 295 seats in single-seat constituencies and 180 proportional representation seats. The ruling Liberal Democratic Party will ...