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Abe ratchets up constitutional revision rhetoric ahead of election
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe responds to a question in the Upper House Audit Committee on Jan. 21. (Shinichi Iizuka)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s heightened calls to rewrite the Constitution may be an attempt to further split the opposition camp, but his bold statements are also raising...
Opposition DPJ, JIP agree to consolidated Diet voting bloc
Democratic Party of Japan head Katsuya Okada, second from right, meets with Japan Innovation Party leader Yorihisa Matsuno, second from left, in the Diet on Dec. 7. (Shinichi Iizuka)
In a move toward cooperation in next summer's Upper House election, the opposition Democratic Party of Japan and Japan Innovation Party agreed on Dec. 7 to form a unified...
LDP huge beneficiary of corporate donations
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, greets Sadayuki Sakakibara, chairman of Keidanren (Japan Business Federation), at a Keidanren gathering in Tokyo in June. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is rolling in cash, courtesy of being almost the sole beneficiary of political donations from companies and industrial or other...
ASAHI POLL: Support for Abe Cabinet rises to 41%
The Asahi Shimbun
Support for the Abe Cabinet has risen sharply since September despite continuing public opposition to new security legislation, a national poll by The Asahi Shimbun shows.
Communists ready to back DPJ prime minister to scrap security...
Kazuo Shii, the head of the Japanese Communist Party, responds to an interview with The Asahi Shimbun on Oct. 19. (Naoko Kawamura)
The Japanese Communist Party says it is prepared to back the leader of a mainstream opposition party to force a change of government and scrap highly unpopular security...
Party bickering shelves plan for law against 'hate speech'
Activists on the left hold up signs, including one reading, “Go home racists,” in Sapporo in July to counter demonstrators calling for a severing of diplomatic relations with South Korea. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The ruling coalition has dropped plans to enact legislation during the current Diet session to crack down on “hate speech,” despite acknowledging that such discriminatory...
Abe's special adviser under fire for remarks on Constitution,...
Yosuke Isozaki, special adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in charge of national security (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Abe administration found itself battling a politically damaging brush fire of its own making even before deliberations began July 27 in the Upper House on contentious...
Lawmakers lay into colossal price tag for Olympic stadium
An artist's rendition of the planned New National Stadium (Provided by the Japan Sports Council)
Governing and opposition lawmakers have found something they can agree on--the proposed New National Stadium planned for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics is way too expensive.
Ruling party rejects scholarly opinion while opposition hammers...
Defense Minister Gen Nakatani, standing at right, responds to questions at the Lower House special committee on June 5 during deliberations on security legislation. (Wataru Sekita)
Debate in the Diet on security legislation that would radically alter Japan's defense posture turned June 5 toward a key factor that triggered the process for writing the bills ...
Triple shot: Scholars say security legislation 'unconstitutional'
Constitutional law professors appearing before the Lower House Commission on the Constitution on June 4 were, from left, Yasuo Hasebe of Waseda University, Setsu Kobayashi of Keio University and Eiji Sasada of Waseda University. (Shinichi Iizuka)
The government’s planned legislation to widen Japan’s international security role took a direct hit from an unexpected source--the Lower House Commission on the...
Abe apologizes for his rude outburst in debate
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe heckles Kiyomi Tsujimoto of the Democratic Party of Japan by angrily saying, "Ask the question already!" in a Diet debate on national security legislation on May 28. (Shinichi Iizuka)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe apologized for being rude in a debate in the Diet on May 28.
LDP sets out constitutional amendment strategy; DPJ, Komeito...
Hajime Funada, second from left, addresses the Lower House Commission on the Constitution on May 7 as the representative of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. (Shinichi Iizuka)
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party has laid out a two-step approach to amending the Constitution that calls for first winning approval of new uncontroversial amendments before ...
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 ...