Democratic Party of Japan

EDITORIAL: Opposition parties need unity before realignment to...
Banri Kaieda, left, leader of the Democratic Party of Japan, with the new party secretary-general, Yukio Edano (The Asahi Shimbun)
With the halfway point to the end of the four-year terms of current Lower House members approaching, Japan’s opposition parties, collectedly called a “bunch of midgets,”...
Wanted: An opposition party that can challenge the LDP
The Asahi Shimbun
More than 70 percent of voters hope a party emerges from the doldrums engulfing the opposition camp to pose a serious challenge to the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, an Asahi ...
Anti-LDP voters pick Communists over DPJ in Tokyo election
Kazuo Shii, chairman of the Japanese Communist Party’s presidium, discusses the party’s gains in the June 23 Tokyo metropolitan assembly election. (Shigetaka Kodama)
Voters critical of “Abenomics” overwhelmingly chose the Japanese Communist Party over the Democratic Party of Japan in the Tokyo metropolitan assembly election on June 23.
POINT OF VIEW/ Eiji Oguma: Dialogue now, when we cannot rely on...
Eiji Oguma (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A victory for the Liberal Democratic Party is seen as a certainty in the July Upper House election. It will be a do-over of the 2007 election, in which the LDP lost badly. If a ...
By-election victory gives LDP burst of momentum for Upper House...
Kiyoshi Ejima, center, and his supporters, on April 28, in Yamaguchi, celebrate the by-election victory. (Tadashi Mizowaki)
The ruling party won a key by-election April 28 in rural Yamaguchi Prefecture, the home constituency of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, which many saw as a test run for a...
Once-ruling DPJ drafts its first official policy platform
Democratic Party of Japan leader Banri Kaieda at a party meeting on Feb. 18 in Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture (The Asahi Shimbun)
The opposition Democratic Party of Japan, still bickering over its identity, drafted its first official platform on Feb. 18--15 years after the party was formed.
INTERVIEW/ Maverick lawmaker: Reactor restarts show Noda is a...
Tomoyuki Taira (Photo by Hiroshi Matsubara)
Tomoyuki Taira, a novice lawmaker, was already thinking about leaving the ruling Democratic Party of Japan before Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda announced that two nuclear...
Former Lower House member opens English cram school
Jun Saito (Photo by Hiroki Endo)
While serving in the Lower House, Jun Saito worked to correct regional disparities in education through legislation.
UPDATE/ Court acquits Ozawa in scandal over political fund reports
Ichiro Ozawa enters the Tokyo District Court on April 26 to hear the verdict in his trial. (Hiroyuki Yamamoto)
After emerging victorious in his legal battle, kingmaker Ichiro Ozawa will return to the ruling party for an expected showdown with Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda that could...
Kan: Let public decide on nuclear power in Lower House election
Naoto Kan (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Former Prime Minister Naoto Kan says the ruling Democratic Party of Japan should create a road map on abandoning nuclear energy and use the plan as a plank in the next Lower...
DPJ splits could foil Oi nuclear plant restart
Yoshito Sengoku, Democratic Party of Japan acting policy chief, stares at the ceiling during a party meeting on April 17. (Satoru Semba)
Opposition is growing in the ruling Democratic Party of Japan to Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s drive to get Japan's suspended nuclear plants back online.
Washington hopes Prime Minister Noda can stick around
WASHINGTON - The United States praised Japan's latest prime minister on Jan. 19 and expressed hope that he would stick around long enough to build a lasting relationship with...
Taxpayers may face 25-year income tax increase for rebuilding
With all parties in apparent agreement, taxpayers may soon be hit with an income tax increase for 25 years to fund recovery efforts of the areas devastated by the March 11...
Text of Seiji Maehara's speech
The following is a prepared text of DPJ policy chief Seiji Maehara's speech, delivered in Washington on Sept. 7, obtained by The Asahi Shimbun.
Mandarins benefited from DPJ infighting
Naoto Kan, left, and Ichiro Ozawa (Asahi Shimbun photos)
The determination of outgoing Prime Minister Naoto Kan to reduce the influence of kingpin Ichiro Ozawa may have scuppered his party's flagship policy of increasing political...
28 DPJ prefectural branches oppose grand coalition
Both Seiji Maehara, left, and Yoshihiko Noda have said a coalition government will be necessary. (Asahi Shimbun photos)
Only five of the 47 prefectural branches of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan support a grand coalition with the opposition, while 32 oppose the construction of new nuclear...
Maehara's economic, security policies likely center of debate
Seiji Maehara announces his candidacy for the Democratic Party of Japan presidential election at a meeting on Aug. 23. (Satoru Iizuka)
Former Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara, who ranks high as a future prime minister in public opinion polls, outlined his platform for the ruling party's Aug. 29 presidential...
Koga: Politicians must stand up against vested interests
Shigeaki Koga (Photo by Satoru Semba)
Instead of raising taxes, responsible politicians must fight vested interests to stoke economic growth and rebuild public finances, according to Shigeaki Koga, an industry...
Finance Minister calls Japan's debt a 'massive fraud'
Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda (The Asahi Shimbun)
Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda is calling for tax increases, saying Japan's hundreds of trillions of yen of debt amounted to a "massive fraud" perpetrated by the country's...
POINT OF VIEW/ Takeshi Soga: Where is the leader to offer a...
During the past few weeks, while Japan has experienced the horrendous triple disasters of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis, I have been amazed at the encouraging and...
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