National / Politics Oct 20, 2015

Panel clears Obuchi over career-damaging scandal

by Mizuho Aoki

A panel investigating former trade and industry minister Yuko Obuchi's alleged misuse of political funds ruled Monday she had no legal responsibility for the scandal that led to her resignation last year. Nevertheless, the incident has left a stain. Analysts say the 41-year-old political blue-blood ...

Tokyo election board picks Feb. 9 for governor's race

National / Politics Dec 25, 2013

Tokyo election board picks Feb. 9 for governor's race

by Masaaki Kameda

The special election to pick the successor to Naoki Inose as Tokyo governor will be held Feb. 9, the metropolitan election board announced Wednesday, while speculation continued over potential candidates. Potential names swirling in the rumor mill include former health minister Yoichi Masuzoe, ex-Lower House ...

Reader Mail Aug 21, 2011

What more autopsies might tell

The Aug. 14 Media Mix article, "Media coverage often 'the last push' to suicide," contains the following paragraph: "Japan's suicide rate is considered high, officially more than 30,000 a year. In many Western countries, deaths in which the cause is not apparent are often judged ...