Democratic Party of Japan

VOX POPULI: Voters will decide whether Abe fails again at revision ...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe responds to a reporter's question at his first news conference for 2016 on Jan. 4. (Kazuhiro Nagashima)
In "Lectures on the Philosophy of History," Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831) said: "A political revolution is sanctioned in men's opinions when it repeats itself. Thus ...
DPJ eyes bill to end discrimination against sexual minorities
Katsuya Okada, president of the Democratic Party of Japan, speaks at a news conference in Tokyo on Dec. 17. The main opposition party is working on a bill aimed at stamping out discrimination against sexual minorities. (Shinichi Iizuka)
In the first of its kind in Japan, a bill seeking to eliminate discrimination against and improve the awareness of sexual minorities will be submitted by the main opposition...
Urgent resolution calls for national manga museum revival in the...
Meiji University is collecting manga and anime artifacts in preparation for the opening of the Tokyo International Manga Library on its campus in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward. (Yukiko Sazanami)
A bipartisan group of Diet members submitted an urgent resolution Dec. 18 calling for the immediate creation of a national manga, anime and video games museum to promote...
Koizumi condemns Abe for 'railroading everything'
Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi tore into former protégé Shinzo Abe for forcing his policies on the people, failing to win over opposition politicians, and turning...
EDITORIAL: Opposition party collaboration the only way to...
Democratic Party of Japan head Katsuya Okada, right, meets with Japan Innovation Party leader Yorihisa Matsuno in the Diet on Dec. 7. (Shinichi Iizuka)
The leaders of the opposition Democratic Party of Japan and Japan Innovation Party agreed on Dec. 7 to form a unified voting bloc in both chambers of the Diet. The new bloc...
VOX POPULI: Politicians watch out! The citizens have woken up ......
Hajime Shinohara in 1972 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
When the forerunner of the current Democratic Party of Japan was founded almost 20 years ago under the slogan “Shimin ga Shuyaku” (citizens take the center stage of...
Ruling bloc plans 2-day committee deliberation in forgoing fall...
Diet affairs chiefs of the opposition parties submit a request to convene an extraordinary Diet session to Lower House Speaker Tadamori Oshima, second from left, on Oct. 21. (Shinichi Iizuka)
The government and ruling coalition are moving to turn down the opposition camp’s request to convene an extraordinary Diet session, citing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s busy...
EDITORIAL: Passage of security bills marks start of rebuilding...
A crowd of protesters rally against the security legislation near the Diet building early on Sept. 19. (Sayuri Ide)
After Japanese lawmakers passed deeply controversial national security legislation in the early hours on Sept. 19, shouts of pure anger repeatedly burst from protesters who had ...
Raucous Diet battle ends as Upper House passes security bills
Protesters chant slogans against the national security legislation near the Diet building just before dawn on Sept. 19 after the bills were enacted. (Wataru Sekita)
The Diet enacted contentious security legislation on Sept. 19 after the Upper House railroaded the bills through the resistance of opposition lawmakers, who unsuccessfully...
VOX POPULI: Abe's flawed logic is bound to backfire at some point
A huge crowd protests the security legislation during a rally near the Diet on Sept. 16. (Takeshi Tokitsu)
Referring to his recent exchange with Defense Minister Gen Nakatani on contentious national security legislation, Hiroyuki Konishi, an Upper House lawmaker of the Democratic...
NHK chief brawls with DPJ, downplays future importance of war...
NHK President Katsuto Momii, left in the front row, takes part in a meeting of the Democratic Party of Japan in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward on Feb. 18. (Kotaro Nakajima)
The embattled president of Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK) intensified an already boisterous quarrel with opposition lawmakers by saying that Japan’s 1995 apology for its...
DPJ to use Piketty’s income inequality argument to assail...
French economist Thomas Piketty attends a discussion on "Abenomics" in Tokyo on Jan. 29. (Eiji Hori)
A recent visit by renowned French economist Thomas Piketty to Japan has provided the main opposition Democratic Party of Japan with more ammunition for its criticism that...
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...
EDITORIAL: DPJ needs to look beyond Jan. 18 leadership election
Declaring their candidacies for leadership of the Democratic Party of Japan, from left, are: Katsuya Okada, Goshi Hosono and Akira Nagatsuma. (Shogo Koshida)
A three-way race for leadership of the Democratic Party of Japan kicked off Jan. 7.
Hashimoto quits opposition party post, paving way for a shakeup
Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto speaks in Osaka on Dec. 24. (The Asahi Shimbun)
OSAKA--Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto resigned Dec. 23 as co-leader of the Japan Innovation Party, a move that could lead to the party's closer ties with the Democratic Party of...
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...
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...
Opposition parties seek unity, find disarray, ahead of election...
Kenji Eda, co-leader of the Japan Innovation Party, left, and Banri Kaieda, head of the Democratic Party of Japan (Photos by Satoru Semba and Shogo Koshida)
Opposition parties are trying--but struggling--to form a united front for the Lower House election campaign to focus voter attention away from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s...
Opposition leaders rip Abe's 'twisted logic' in holding vote on...
Banri Kaieda, head of the opposition Democratic Party of Japan, delivers a speech in front of JR Shinbashi Station in Tokyo's Minato Ward on Nov. 18. (Ryutaro Abe)
Opposition leaders took turns blasting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s move to dissolve the Lower House, questioning the logic of holding an election on a decision that voters...