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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.
THREE YEARS AFTER: DPJ’s ‘no-nuclear’ bill obliterated after ...
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda speaks on the first anniversary of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami before a photo of a disaster area. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Democratic Party of Japan administration had devised a specific plan to wean Japan off nuclear energy, but legislation to put that strategy in motion died when the party...
EDITORIAL: DPJ must regain credibility as serious challenger to Abe
DPJ President Banri Kaieda, left, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speak at a Lower House budget committee session on Feb. 10. (Asahi Shimbun photos)
The air was thick with a sense of wariness, not a fighting spirit nor a sense of urgency, at the Democratic Party of Japan’s Feb. 9 convention in Fukushima Prefecture, the...
Local residents say ballooning public works budget not going where ...
Plans call for the construction of a taller coastal levee in Miyagi Prefecture in this section of the city of Kesennuma's Koizumi district. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Abe administration has massively increased budgetary outlays for public works projects as part of recovery efforts from the Great East Japan Earthquake, but some residents...
NHK belatedly reports chairman's remarks; Momii apologizes in Diet
NHK Chairman Katsuto Momii responds to questions at the Lower House Budget Committee on Jan. 31. (Shogo Koshida)
The words from the new chairman of Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK) sparked outrage in Japan and overseas. Media organizations questioned whether the public broadcaster could be...
Nuclear power backers picking up steam on reactor restarts
The Asahi Shimbun
Japan’s 2011 nuclear disaster triggered feverish calls among citizens and even politicians to abandon the nation’s reliance on nuclear power.
Japan should embrace nuclear power, government panel says
Tokyo Electric Power Co. intends to reactivate the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant in Niigata Prefecture as early as July 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan should embrace nuclear power as an "important and fundamental" energy source, a government panel said on Dec. 13, in advice that looks almost certain to be accepted,...
Japan executes 2 killers; period on death row shortens under...
Justice Minister Sadakazu Tanigaki announces the execution of two death-row inmates on Dec. 12 at the Justice Ministry in Tokyo’s Kasumigaseki district. (Jun Ueda)
Two convicted murderers were hanged on Dec. 12 in the fourth round of executions since the Liberal Democratic Party returned to power in December last year, the Justice...
Ruling coalition acts alone as thousands protest state secrets law
Upper House members of the ruling coalition applaud as the state secrets protection law is enacted at 11:23 p.m. on Dec. 6. (Satoru Semba)
Opposition party members left the Upper House in disgust and frustration. Huge crowds of protesters formed around the Diet building and in cities around Japan. Criticism...
UPDATE: Diet enacts state secrets law despite widespread protests
Opposition parties' lawmakers lodge an angry protest against the chairman of an Upper House special committee as the ruling coalition pushes the state secrets protection bill to a committee vote on Dec. 5. (The Asahi Shimbun)
The Upper House passed the highly contentious state secrets protection bill into law on Dec. 6, despite the paucity of debate and lack of safeguards on the designation process.