National / Politics Jun 13, 2014

Law enacted to lower voting age only for referendums

Lawmakers on Friday enacted a bill to revise the national referendum law to reduce its minimum voting age to 18 from 20. The bill, approved by a majority vote at the House of Councilors amid Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's push to alter the Constitution to ...

Kiev to east Ukraine: Rebel vote for self-rule would be catastrophe

World / Politics May 10, 2014

Kiev to east Ukraine: Rebel vote for self-rule would be catastrophe

Ukrainian acting President Oleksandr Turchynov told eastern regions gripped by a pro-Russian uprising that they would be courting catastrophe if they voted "yes" in a separatist referendum on Sunday. Turchynov, who deems the vote in the Russian-speaking Donetsk and Luhansk regions illegal, urged the population ...

Editorials Apr 8, 2014

Avoid voting age disparity

The question of whether the minimum voting age for participating in Japan's referendums should be lower than the voting age for other elections remains unsettled.