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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.
Economy minister says nuclear energy remains an important power...
Tokyo Electric Power Co. intends to reactivate the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant in Niigata Prefecture as early as July 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Nuclear energy will continue to be a key power source for Japan, according to the basic energy plan the central government intends to compile by the end of December.
Upper House committee approves secrets bill despite oversight...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe responds to a question from Banri Kaieda, head of the opposition Democratic Party of Japan, during Diet debate Dec. 4. (Shogo Koshida)
The ruling coalition pushed the state secrets protection bill through an Upper House special committee Dec. 5, despite grave misgivings raised by opposition parties over the...
Government forced into damage control over protests-to-terrorism...
Shigeru Ishiba, secretary-general of the Liberal Democratic Party, speaks in Toyama Prefecture on Dec. 1. (Sachiko Miwa)
The Abe administration moved quickly to quash a potential pitfall to a controversial secrecy bill before the Diet, defusing a ruling party executive’s remarks equating loud...
Political funds raised in 2012 rise to 113 billion yen; 1st...
Lawmakers make a toast with their contributors during a fund-raising party held by the Liberal Democratic Party's Nukaga faction at a Tokyo hotel in March. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Political funds raised by political parties and organizations in 2012 rose 11.7 percent from the previous year to 113 billion yen ($1.1 billion), the first increase in five...
EDITORIAL: More debate paramount on state secrets protection bill
Hundreds protest in Nagoya on Nov. 21 against the state secrets protection bill. (The Asahi Shimbun)
The state secrets protection bill currently before the Diet is a weighty piece of legislation that has a serious bearing on freedom of expression, a basic human right.
EDITORIAL: Deplorable opposition parties cozy up to LDP on state...
Members of the Japan Restoration Party meet with ruling Liberal Democratic Party officials to discuss their proposals for the state secrets protection bill in the Diet on Nov. 19. (Shogo Koshida)
Opposition parties are redefining the word “pathetic.”
Japan Restoration Party concedes to ruling coalition on state...
Ruling coalition representatives, left, meet with officials of the opposition Democratic Party of Japan on Nov. 20 to discuss the proposed state secrets protection legislation. (Shogo Koshida)
The opposition Japan Restoration Party has bent to the will of the ruling coalition and abandoned key demands for modifications to the highly controversial state secrets...
VOX POPULI: Absent ruling party lawmakers make mockery of...
Masako Mori, a Cabinet minister who is in charge of the state secrets protection bill, at a session of the Lower House committee debating the legislation on Nov. 19 (Shogo Koshida)
During a Lower House committee session on Nov. 20 to discuss the bill for the protection of specific state secrets, shorthand recording of the debate came to a halt temporarily....
Parties appear incapable of rectifying vote disparity after top...
Lower House Speaker Bunmei Ibuki speaks to reporters on Nov. 20 after the Supreme Court ruling on vote disparity. (Shogo Koshida)
The Supreme Court’s ruling on the fairness of the December Lower House election raised sighs of relief, anger and a prediction that political parties will never be able to...
Coalition rejects key opposition demands to limit secrets...
Masako Mori, a Cabinet minister who is in charge of the state secrets protection bill, gestures at a Lower House special committee meeting on the legislation on Nov. 14. (Shogo Koshida)
The ruling coalition has rejected demands from opposition parties for substantial revisions of the state secrets protection bill that has been criticized as a tool to undermine ...