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UPPER HOUSE

Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jul 1, 2019
Party chiefs clash over tax and Japan's Constitution before Upper House election
The leaders of major political parties faced off in a debate Sunday over the planned consumption tax hike and the pacifist Constitution, ahead of the start of official campaigning this week for the Upper House election.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 28, 2019
31% to vote for LDP-Komeito coalition, 20% for opposition but 39% undecided, Japan poll shows
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party has the highest support rate ahead of the Upper House election in July, far eclipsing that of the nearest opposition party, a Kyodo News survey showed Thursday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 26, 2019
Abe looks to secure voter mandate for 'stability' in Upper House vote as Diet session wraps up
On Wednesday, the government formally determined that the Upper House election will take place July 21, preceded by campaigning that would kick off July 4.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 26, 2019
Japan's Cabinet OKs plan to hold Upper House election on July 21
The Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday approved a plan to hold an Upper House election on July 21, following a two-week campaign period.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 25, 2019
Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan sets out social welfare-focused election platform
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Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 25, 2019
Japan's ruling coalition aims to win majority of seats available in Upper House election
The ruling coalition of the Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito aim to win a majority of the seats up for grabs in the upcoming Upper House election, a senior ruling party lawmaker said Monday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 22, 2019
Abe sets ruling bloc's winning bar at Upper House majority
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday set the win-or-lose bar for the ruling coalition in this summer's House of Councilors election at the majority of seats in the Upper House.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 8, 2019
Liberal Democratic Party unveils election pledges with focus on foreign policy ahead of Upper House vote
Foreign policy and defense are among the six pillars of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's set of campaign pledges for this summer's Upper House election.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
May 23, 2019
Double Japanese general election looks more realistic as unpopular tax hike approaches
For the ruling coalition, a snap election would be a major gamble because it would put its current supermajority in both chambers at risk.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 21, 2019
Japan's weakening economy may force Abe to take corrective action ahead of local and Upper House elections
A recent spate of warning signs that the economy is headed for a downturn means the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may need to take corrective action sooner rather than later.
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 21, 2019
Official campaigning for unified local polls, including 11 gubernatorial races, begins across Japan
Official campaigning for quadrennial unified local elections begins on Thursday, with results expected to impact the House of Councilors election.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Feb 8, 2019
Japan passes ¥3 trillion supplementary budget, much of which will go toward disaster-proofing measures
The Diet on Thursday passed a ¥3.04 trillion ($28 billion) supplementary budget for fiscal 2018 to fund measures including the bolstering of defences against natural disasters.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 31, 2018
Surge in number of U.S. women seeking political office could spark change in male-dominated Japanese Diet: experts
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JAPAN / Politics
Jul 18, 2018
Diet passes controversial bill adding seats to Japan's Upper House for first time in nearly half a century
The Diet on Wednesday passed a controversial bill, sponsored by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling party, to increase the number of seats in the Upper House for the first time in nearly five decades in pursuit of making the electoral system fairer.
JAPAN / Politics
Jul 17, 2018
Japan's Lower House panel clears contentious LDP election reform bill
The proposed legislation will increase the number of seats in the Upper House in the name of reducing what is known as the vote-value disparity.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jul 11, 2018
Debate over LDP's plan to reform electoral system for Upper House heats up
Brushing off opposition anger, the ruling bloc on Wednesday rammed through a Diet panel a contentious bill that will likely make the arcane electoral system even more complicated.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 22, 2018
Seeking higher office: Marijuana found growing near lawmakers' building in central Tokyo
In a nation governed by one of the world's most draconian anti-cannabis laws, it's rare enough to stumble upon marijuana plants thriving on the side of a road.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 4, 2017
Upper House adopts resolution slamming North Korea's latest ICBM test
The Upper House adopted a resolution Monday condemning North Korea's latest weapons test — an intercontinental ballistic missile that soared into space before falling into the sea in Japan's exclusive economic zone last week.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 3, 2017
Lawmaker to resign from DP after son admits to assault and attempted molestation of young girl
A three-term Democratic Party politician offers to resign after his 21-year-old son is accused of assaulting an elementary school girl in Saitama.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 23, 2017
North Korea blasts Japan for using election to 'pave groundwork' for invasion
North Korea on Monday blasted "Japanese reactionaries" for working to "pave the groundwork for a reinvasion of the Korean peninsula" after Sunday's Lower House election that saw Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc secure a sweeping victory.

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