Abe to lay out general snap election plan on Monday

/ Sep 19, 2017

Abe to lay out general snap election plan on Monday

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering laying out his plan next Monday to dissolve the Lower House later in the week for a general election in October, a government source said Tuesday. Abe is looking to hold a news conference to announce he will disband ...

Abdication bill sails through Lower House

/ Jun 2, 2017

Abdication bill sails through Lower House

An abdication bill drafted strictly for Emperor Akihito cleared the House of Representatives on Friday, setting the stage for its passage by the Diet on June 9. Thanks to a consensus reached by the political parties ahead of time, the Lower House approved the legislation ...

Mar 29, 2017

Lower House panel warns against overuse of state secrecy law

A Lower House panel has voiced concern about the classification procedures of state secrets, warning that the nation's controversial secrecy law was being overused. In a report released on Wednesday, the intelligence surveillance panel stopped short of issuing official recommendations, saying its comments were simply ...