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DPJ leader Kaieda to step down after being ousted from Lower House
Banri Kaieda, head of the opposition Democratic Party of Japan, has little to smile about as he responds to reporters' questions on Dec. 14. (Satoru Semba)
Opposition leader Banri Kaieda went down to defeat in the Dec. 14 Lower House election, even though his Democratic Party of Japan added 11 seats to its pre-election strength.
2014 CHOICE: LDP set to pad large majority in Lower House election
Voters in Niigata Prefecture brave rain Dec. 3 to listen to a Lower House election candidate. (Shiro Nishihata)
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is set to widen its control of the Lower House in the Dec. 14 election, an Asahi Shimbun poll shows.
LDP nearly sole beneficiary of corporate political donations due...
The headquarters of the Liberal Democratic Party in Tokyo (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party was the major beneficiary of political donations from big business, a reflection of the business world's support for the economic measures...
DPJ's Edano invades Akihabara ahead of snap poll, gets signed...
Yukio Edano, secretary-general of the Democratic Party of Japan, poses with members of idol group Kamen Shoji before giving a speech in Tokyo's Akihabara district on Nov. 27. (Louis Templado)
While not a full-fledged "otaku" (geek) in his own right, Yukio Edano of the Democratic Party of Japan campaigned in Tokyo's Akihabara electronics district on Nov. 27 and was...
LDP, DPJ have one thing in common for election: Keeping manifestos ...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, and Banri Kaieda, leader of the Democratic Party of Japan (Asahi Shimbun file photos)
When the underdog Democratic Party of Japan was looking for an edge in the 2003 Lower House election, party leader Naoto Kan turned to the British political playbook and...
EDITORIAL: DPJ fails to show how exactly it would change the...
Democratic Party of Japan leader Banri Kaieda (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
In its manifesto released Nov. 24 for the Dec. 14 Lower House election, the main opposition Democratic Party of Japan pledged a departure from “Abenomics” and a “revival...
Huge decrease expected in Lower House election candidates
Workers set up a poster board for the Dec. 14 Lower House election in Osaka's Tsurumi Ward on Nov. 24. (Toshiyuki Hayashi)
Cooperative efforts among opposition parties to avoid a repeat of their 2012 campaign disaster will likely lead to a drastic decrease in candidates running in the Dec. 14 Lower ...
DPJ election platform opposes Abe’s policies, lacks numerical...
The front cover of the Democratic Party of Japan's manifesto for the Dec. 14 snap election (Provided by the Democratic Party of Japan)
The main opposition Democratic Party of Japan promised to shift away from “Abenomics,” reverse the government’s stance on collective self-defense and abolish nuclear...
ASAHI POLL: LDP en route for election win despite poor support for ...
Voters listen to a speech from an expected candidate in Osaka's Suminoe Ward on Nov. 21. (Tetsuro Takehana)
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is heading for victory in the Dec. 14 Lower House election, although less than half of voters support “Abenomics” and other key policies,...
Former DPJ prime ministers return to humble beginnings in reaching ...
Naoto Kan, a former DPJ prime minister, stands on an empty beer case while speaking to voters in Tokyo on Nov. 21. (Taichi Kobayashi)
Once leader of one of the most powerful nations in the world, former Prime Minister Naoto Kan is now just one of many politicians standing outside train stations around the...
EDITORIAL: Politicians should lead the way in rejecting hate speech
Various anti-racism messages are displayed during last year's March on Tokyo for Freedom in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward on Sept. 22, 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
On Nov. 2, the middle day of three consecutive holidays, legions of demonstrators marched in Tokyo’s busy Shinjuku district, chanting, “The world doesn’t need hate speech....
VOX POPULI: Parties should voluntarily raise proportion of female...
Five women hold ministerial posts in the reshuffled Abe Cabinet. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
"Toire no Kangai" (Deep thoughts on lavatories) is the title of one of the essays in "Sekkyokuteki Sonohigurashi" (Proactively scraping by) by the writer Keiko Ochiai.
DPJ considers image change by fielding more female candidates
Banri Kaieda, leader of the main opposition Democratic Party of Japan (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The main opposition Democratic Party of Japan is considering introducing a quota system to increase the number of its women candidates, in an effort to revamp its image.
DPJ puts Edano in key post in bid to close ranks
Yukio Edano, new secretary-general of the Democratic Party of Japan (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Reduced to a shell of its former self, the main opposition Democratic Party of Japan is seeking to rebuild so it can mount a credible challenge to the Abe administration in the ...
VOX POPULI: Turning misfortune into a chance to improve
Opposition Democratic Party of Japan leader Banri Kaieda addresses a meeting of DPJ members at both chambers of the Diet on July 31. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Dongpo pork, a Chinese braised pork dish that has many fans in Japan, was named for Su Dongpo, the pen name of Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127) poet and government official Su...
Keidanren eyes resuming political donations after 5-year break
Sadayuki Sakakibara, chairman of Keidanren (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan's largest business lobby is set to call on member companies to resume making political donations after a five-year hiatus in hopes of engineering conditions for a better...
DPJ leader Kaieda gets the cold shoulder in Beijing
Banri Kaieda, left, president of the Democratic Party of Japan, meets with Chinese leader Liu Yunshan, right, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on July 16. (Ryutaro Abe)
BEIJING--The visiting head of Japan's main opposition party got a chilly reception in Beijing, reflecting China's anger with the Democratic Party of Japan for exacerbating a...
New nuclear watchdog commissioner received additional industry...
Satoru Tanaka, a professor of nuclear engineering at the University of Tokyo (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
An incoming commissioner of the Nuclear Regulation Authority received payments from the nuclear industry until last month, raising fresh doubts about his impartiality at the...
VOX POPULI: Unquestioning and disinterested: The sad decline of...
Banri Kaieda, leader of the Democratic Party of Japan, in a one-on-one debate with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on June 11 (Satoru Semba)
On the calendar, the "tsuyu" rainy season began June 11. This brought to mind a Chinese poem from the Tang dynasty (618-907) about rain, which Banri Kaieda, leader of the...
Lower House votes to export nuclear technology and 'safety myth'
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in Tokyo on Jan. 7 (Pool)
The Lower House’s vote to approve pacts that allow for the export of Japanese nuclear technology to Turkey and the United Arab Emirates has some lawmakers concerned.