Editorials Oct 21, 2014

More money scandals

The unusual resignation of two recently appointed female Cabinet ministers in one day reflects the Abe administration's effort to contain political damage caused by the separate spending scandals involving the women.

Fans reportedly handed out by Matsushima prove hot auction items

National Oct 21, 2014

Fans reportedly handed out by Matsushima prove hot auction items

Fans boasted as having been handed out by ex-Justice Minister Midori Matsushima in her Tokyo electoral district are fetching more than ¥10,000 on a major Internet auction site. The "uchiwa" started appearing on Yahuoku (Yahoo Japan's online auction site) soon after the Democratic Party of ...

Abe accepts METI chief Obuchi's resignation over funds scandal

National / Politics Oct 20, 2014

Abe accepts METI chief Obuchi's resignation over funds scandal

Trade and industry minister Yuko Obuchi resigned Monday morning over her alleged misuse of political funds. Obuchi officially announced the decision at a press conference at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry after meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who accepted her resignation. Obuchi said ...