Editorials Dec 15, 2014

Abe's mandate by default

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should not take his Liberal Democratic Party's widely predicted big wins in the Lower House election on Sunday as carte blanche from voters to run his administration exactly as he wishes.

Editorials Dec 12, 2014

Take the time to vote

Voter turnout Sunday for the Lower House election is forecast to be as low as it was in the 2012 race. Young people especially need to realize that, by avoiding the polls, they are losing their voice on issues that will certainly affect their ...

Editorials Dec 4, 2014

Weighing Abe's Asian diplomacy

Japanese voters should consider the results of the Abe adminisration's diplomatic moves with regard to South Korea and China, when they cast their votes Dec. 14.

Editorials Nov 21, 2014

Opposition must get its act together

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is seeking a vote of confidence for his "Abenomics" policies in the Dec. 14 election of the Lower House. But as the chamber was officially dissolved Friday, the opposition parties still lack a common ground beyond their unanimous criticism of ...

Editorials Nov 14, 2014

Awaiting Abe's political gambit

If Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is going to dissolve the Lower House for a snap election, he will have to clearly lay out his agenda for voters and await their verdict.

Editorials Mar 25, 2014

Hashimoto fails in his gambit

Results of Osaka city's snap election Sunday suggest that Toru Hashimoto, although re-elected as mayor, fell short of his aim to garner sufficient voter support for his plan to integrate the city with Osaka Prefecture.