Tag - upper-house



The number of lawmakers with income of over ¥100 million totaled seven, all Liberal Democratic Party members, in 2023, up from two in the previous year.
JAPAN / Politics
Jul 1, 2024
Lawmakers' average income rises for the first time in 5 years
The number of lawmakers with an annual income of over ¥100 million increased to seven in 2023, up from two in the previous year.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks during an Upper House committee session on Monday.
Jun 13, 2024
LDP allies concerned effort to improve funding transparency may be weakened
The House of Councilors began substantive deliberations on the legislation on Monday.
A polling station is set up at the Japanese Consulate General in Shanghai for the Lower House elections in October 2021. Japanese nationals living abroad have to travel to diplomatic missions that serve as polling stations to cast their votes during elections.
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 30, 2024
Internet voting for Japanese abroad remains a distant prospect
Apart from the need to revise an existing law, concerns remain over the integrity of online identity verification and the confidentiality of votes.
The Tokyo headquarters of the Unification Church in Shibuya Ward
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 13, 2023
Japan enacts law to monitor Unification Church assets
The special legislation is designed to ensure that victims of the organization's malpractices have a source of relief.
The Upper House plenary session on Wednesday passed the bill to revise the cannabis control law to allow medical use of cannabis.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 6, 2023
Japan's parliament passes bill to legalize cannabis-derived medicines
It also plugged a loophole in existing prohibitions against marijuana by criminalizing its use.
Hajime Hirota is lifted up after winning the Upper House seat in the Kochi-Tokushima district by election Sunday in the city of Kochi.
Oct 23, 2023
In blow to Kishida, LDP loses one of two seats in by-elections
An independent candidate backed by the opposition won in the Tokushima-Kochi Lower House race, while the LDP pick won in the Nagasaki Upper House poll.
Voters fill out ballots for an Upper House by-election in the Tokushima-Kochi district, in the city of Kochi on Sunday morning.
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 22, 2023
Voting kicks off in key parliamentary by-elections
The polls are the first national contests since Prime Minister Fumio Kishida revamped his Cabinet last month in a bid to bolster his government.
The Supreme Court Grand Bench on Wednesday
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 18, 2023
Top court rules 2022 election vote disparity constitutional
The decision followed 16 rulings from lower courts, with one saying the gap was unconstitutional and eight calling it in a "state of unconstitutionality."
Voters listen to a speech by a candidate in the Tokushima-Kochi Upper House district in the city of Kochi on Saturday.
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 18, 2023
Upcoming by-elections first test of Kishida’s new Cabinet
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida faces his first electoral test after making Cabinet and Liberal Democratic Party leadership changes last month.
Defense Minister Minoru Kihara speaks during a meeting with U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin at the Pentagon in Washington on Oct. 4.
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 16, 2023
Defense chief retracts comments implying LDP vote would be good for SDF
Article 61 of the Self-Defense Forces Law explicitly forbids SDF personnel from engaging in political activity, with the exception of voting.
Voters listen to a speech by a candidate in the Tokushima-Kochi Upper House district as campaigning kicked off on Thursday for a by-election.
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 5, 2023
Campaigning begins for Upper House by-election in western Japan
The Upper House race in the Tokushima-Kochi district kicked off before campaigning for a House of Representatives by-election starts next Tuesday.
October's by-elections will be the first national elections since Prime Minister Fumio Kishida reshuffled his Cabinet last week.
JAPAN / Politics
Sep 19, 2023
October by-elections to be first test for Kishida's new government
The results of the by-elections are expected to influence Kishida's strategy for dissolving the Lower House for a general election.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 21, 2023
Tokyo prosecutor suspected of offering to nix man's indictment to build case against Kawai
The prosecutor is suspected of convincing the man to admit the money he received was for vote-buying purposes, sources said.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 24, 2023
Youtuber and ex-Japan lawmaker GaaSyy indicted for alleged online threats
The 51-year-old, whose real name is Yoshikazu Higashitani, is suspected of threatening to defame actor Go Ayano, 41, and two others in his videos.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 16, 2023
Japanese parliament enacts bill to increase defense spending
The bill was approved by a majority vote at a plenary meeting of the Upper House, with support mainly from the ruling coalition of the Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 16, 2023
Japan's parliament passes watered-down LGBTQ understanding bill
The initial draft said that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity should 'not be tolerated' but was changed to 'there should be no unfair discrimination.'
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 4, 2023
Internet personality and former lawmaker GaaSyy arrested in Japan
The social media star and NHK Party representative was taken into custody Sunday for alleged defamation threats against celebrities.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
May 19, 2023
Japan’s largest opposition party could be reaching a breaking point
The CDP faces a crisis as internal arguments, poor elections results and the rise of Nippon Ishin threaten its status as Japan’s largest opposition party.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Apr 18, 2023
Suspect in Kishida attack sued government over election rules, records show
In the lawsuit, the suspect also touched on the state funeral for former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, claiming the government forced the event to go forward despite public opposition.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 16, 2023
Campaigning starts for second half of Japan's unified polls
The official campaign period has kicked off for the second half of Japan's unified local elections slated for April 23.


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