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Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks to reporters at the Prime Minister's Office in Tokyo on Thursday following the release of a Liberal Democratic Party report on the probe into the slush funds scandal.
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 16, 2024
Biggest LDP faction's slush fund practice spanned over 10 years
Recipients used the funds for social gatherings, personnel expenses, vehicle purchases and other purposes, the LDP internal investigation said.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at the Prime Minister's Office on Feb. 8
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 14, 2024
Kishida becomes 10th longest-serving prime minister in postwar era
In the last 25 years, only Junichiro Koizumi and Shinzo Abe have served as prime minister for longer than Kishida.
Key members of the largest faction of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, formerly headed by late former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, stand on a stage during the faction's fundraising party held at a Tokyo hotel in May.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 14, 2024
Prosecutors may not build case vs. bigwigs of scandal-hit LDP faction
Once led by the late Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the LDP's largest faction is accused of failing to report hundreds of millions of yen from fundraisers.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Tokyo on Thursday
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 5, 2024
PM vows to establish rules to boost transparency of LDP factions
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida pledged to establish rules to enhance the transparency of factions within his ruling Liberal Democratic Party.
Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa attends the 10th trilateral foreign ministers' meeting in Busan, South Korea, on Nov. 26.
Dec 27, 2023
It's time to consider a woman to take Japan's top job
Is a controversial call for Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa to become the LDP's first female prime minister a Hail Mary or a masterstroke?
Koichi Hagiuda (left), the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s former policy chief, has been questioned by Tokyo prosecutors over a political funds scandal.
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 26, 2023
Prosecutors question former LDP policy chief over funds scandal
Koichi Hagiuda has become the latest veteran lawmaker to be questioned on a voluntary basis over the political funds scandal.
Investigators from the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office arrive to search the headquarters of the powerful Abe faction within the ruling Liberal Democratic Party in Tokyo on Dec. 19.
Dec 26, 2023
Has the funding scandal doomed the Abe faction?
With criminal investigations under way, there is impetus for the younger generation of the Abe faction members to break away and form a rebranded group.
A Tokyo Public Prosecutor's Office vehicle exits the building housing the office of a political faction once led by the late former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward on Dec. 19.
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 25, 2023
LDP's top faction withdrew decision to abolish kickbacks
A special squad suspects that senior faction officials knew of the apparent mechanism of the kickbacks and attempted to correct the situation.
The faction led by former LDP Secretary-General Toshihiro Nikai is the second group within the party that has allegedly listed kickbacks given to its members after they sold fundraising tickets, informed sources revealed Saturday.
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 24, 2023
Embattled LDP's Nikai faction also suspected of logging kickbacks
The faction is suspected of not reporting excess fundraiser revenues as income but reporting the kickbacks as expenditures.
Officials of the Tokyo Public Prosecutor's Office in Tokyo on Thursday
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 24, 2023
Top LDP faction suspected of misusing funds for polls amid scandal
Prosecutors are looking into the matter as possible violations of the political funds control law.
Commissioner Yasuhiro Tsuyuki speaks at a news conference at the National Police Agency on Dec. 7.
Dec 21, 2023
Japanese police to restrict online posts on making guns
The National Police Agency plans to penalize malicious online posts regarding the manufacturing and transfer of guns that incite unlawful possession.
A fundraising party for the LDP's largest faction, which was led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe until his death
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 1, 2023
Abe's former faction in focus as LDP political fund scandal deepens
Prosecutors are investigating the faction as part of a scandal involving the alleged underreporting of funds by groups within the ruling party.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump, who is running for re-election, visits the southern border in Edinburg, Texas, on Sunday.
Nov 22, 2023
Can Japan risk a Trump reelection?
A fundamental risk accompanying Donald Trump’s reelection is the doubts it would raise about American leadership in the world.
Economic Security Minister Sanae Takaichi and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida take part in a news conference in September 2021 in the lead-up to the Liberal Democratic Party presidential race.
Nov 15, 2023
Takaichi makes another play to become the next PM
With the creation of a new study group, Cabinet minister Sanae Takaichi aims to build support for her bid for the top political job.
Tomihiro Tanaka, president of the Japan branch of the Unification Church also known as the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, bows his head in apology during a news conference on Tuesday in Tokyo.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 7, 2023
Unification Church ready to set aside ¥10 billion fund for victims
The announcement was made as lawmakers contemplate measures to secure the church’s assets if the court decides to strip the group of its special status.
The Unification Church headquarters in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward
JAPAN / Society
Oct 23, 2023
Unification Church tells branches to manage assets based on law
Lawmakers are stepping up efforts to ensure the assets of the Japan affiliate will be used to help victims of the group's donation tactics.
Samples of The Japan Times winning news coverage, recognized by the World Association of News Publishers Asian Media Awards.
Oct 20, 2023
Japan Times wins awards for breaking news and feature reporting
The Japan Times receives gold awards for breaking news coverage and feature writing at the World Association of News Publishers Asian Media Awards.
The late Rev. Sun Myung Moon, founder of the Unification Church, is depicted on a leaflet marking the first anniversary of his death in September 2012
Oct 16, 2023
Japan's media has to account for its failures, too
The Unification Church is set to be dissolved and Johnny & Associates is undergoing structural reforms. What role did the media play, or not play?
The Japan headquarters of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, known as the Unification Church, in Tokyo on Friday
JAPAN / Explainer
Oct 13, 2023
What’s next in the Unification Church saga?
The government sought a court order on Friday to strip the Unification Church of its religious corporation status. The process is just beginning.
On Friday, Nara District Court held its first meeting with lawyers and prosecutors to prepare for the trial of the man suspected of killing former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 13, 2023
First pretrial procedure for Abe suspect held amid tight security
The defendant, Tetsuya Yamagami, 43, did not attend the closed-door pretrial procedure.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves