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Risk probability of major nuclear accident to be cut by half
The Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsuma-Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, in September 2014 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The industry ministry intends to cut the risk probability of a major nuclear accident occurring to once in 80 years, half that of the once-in-40-years rate contrived just after ...
UPDATE: All 10 ruling coalition-backed incumbents re-elected in...
Incumbent Harumi Takahashi celebrates along with her supporters after being declared the winner of the Hokkaido governor election on April 12 in Sapporo. (Kotaro Ebara)
Incumbents triumphed in all 10 gubernatorial elections held nationwide on April 12, sending a sigh of relief through the ruling coalition of the Liberal Democratic Party and...
Lawmakers form nonpartisan group to support LGBTs ahead of 2020...
Members of the LGBT community and its supporters parade through central Tokyo in April 2014 to raise awareness about the rights of sexual minorities. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
To avoid a repeat of the Russian anti-gay law controversy at last year's Sochi Games, lawmakers established a group on March 17 to rid Japan of discrimination against sexual...
LDP, DPJ differ over Shibuya Ward's same-sex certificate plan
Sadakazu Tanigaki, secretary-general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The No. 2 man in the ruling party expressed wariness over a Tokyo ward’s plan to certify same-sex relationships, but the main opposition party’s policy chief lauded it as a ...
ANALYSIS: As scandal widens, demands resurface for ban on...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe responds to a question during a Lower House session on March 3. (Shinichi Iizuka)
Cries of innocence again rang out as more political heavyweights were implicated in a funding scandal. But amid all the denials of wrongdoing, calls were renewed for clear-cut...
Okada appoints rival Hosono, Renho to DPJ executive posts
Katsuya Okada, center, wins the Democratic Party of Japan presidential election on Jan. 18 over Goshi Hosono, left, and Akira Nagatsuma. (Shogo Koshida)
New Democratic Party of Japan President Katsuya Okada appointed election rival Goshi Hosono as DPJ policy chief in an apparent effort to quell the internal strife that has long ...
Okada edges Hosono in run-off, will lead opposition DPJ for second ...
Katsuya Okada appeals for support before winning the presidential election of the Democratic Party of Japan on Jan. 18 in Tokyo. (Shogo Koshida)
Katsuya Okada, deputy president of the Democratic Party of Japan, won the party’s presidential election on Jan. 18 to lead the main opposition for a second time, edging...
Three-way race for DPJ presidency announced
From right: Akira Nagatsuma, Goshi Hosono and Katsuya Okada (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Three lawmakers on Jan. 7 announced their candidacies for the presidential election of the Democratic Party of Japan, the main opposition party that has struggled to recuperate ...
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.