Japan Restoration Party

Lawmaker defends 'comfort women' remark, cites sex industries in S....
Masashi Nakano (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
An opposition lawmaker cited the sex industries in South Korea and China in defending the recent remarks about “comfort women” by the new chairman of Japan Broadcasting...
Hashimoto's party ousts 'rebels,' loses majority in Osaka...
Ichiro Matsui, the Osaka prefectural governor and secretary-general of Osaka Ishin no Kai, explains the rejection of a proposal to sell a railway operator on Dec. 16 in Osaka. (Ryo Kato)
OSAKA--Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto’s regional party lost its majority in the prefectural assembly after expelling four members for “rebelling” against the proposed sale of ...
Opposition splinter group faces uphill battle against LDP
Kenji Eda, third from left, and other lawmakers attend a news conference Dec. 9 after leaving Your Party. (Shogo Koshida)
Defectors from Your Party are trying to rally like-minded lawmakers to create an opposition force that can challenge the dominant ruling party. But their plans so far would...
ANALYSIS: Abe relaxes, but state secrets law creates higher hurdles
The Asahi Shimbun
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was meditating in Tokyo’s Yanaka district on the evening of Dec. 7, content that his administration had put a major problem behind it.
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...
'Absurd' decision names prime minister as third-party overseer of...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe answers questions about the state secrets protection bill at the Lower House on Nov. 7. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The ruling coalition and an opposition party agreed that the prime minister would be the best “third party” to oversee designations of state secrets under a contentious...
ASAHI POLL: Support for Osaka's Hashimoto drops below 50% for 1st...
Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto speaks to reporters on Sept. 30 in Osaka. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Less than half the residents of Osaka Prefecture approve of Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto, according to a survey jointly carried out by The Asahi Shimbun and Asahi Broadcasting...
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 ...
Election loss deals blow to Hashimoto’s drive for political...
Toru Hashimoto responds to reporters at Osaka City Hall in Kita Ward on Sept. 30. (Yoshinori Mizuno)
SAKAI--Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto’s grand plans for the future of Japan suffered major setbacks on both the national and local levels when his candidate lost in a key...
EDITORIAL: Opposition parties need to work overtime to reinvent...
Banri Kaieda indicated he will not resign as president of the Democratic Party of Japan over the opposition party's losses in the July 21 Upper House election. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Opposition parties appear to be in a stupor after suffering a devastating defeat in the July 21 Upper House election and allowing the ruling Liberal Democratic Party to become...
CRUCIAL VOTE: Asahi poll shows ruling coalition likely to gain...
The Asahi Shimbun
The ruling coalition of the Liberal Democratic Party and New Komeito looks set to gain a solid majority in the Upper House, based on a nationwide poll by The Asahi Shimbun...
CRUCIAL VOTE: Clear divide over revising two articles of...
The original Constitution is kept in a lacquered box stored in a safe in the Imperial Palace in February 1968. It is now stored in the National Archives of Japan. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Liberal Democratic Party have allies in terms of easing requirements for constitutional revisions, but his long-held dream of actually...
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 ...
Under fire from Ishihara, Hashimoto hints at possible resignation
Toru Hashimoto, left, and Shintaro Ishihara co-lead the Japan Restoration Party. (Asahi Shimbun file photos)
A day after being singled out by his political partner, Toru Hashimoto said he might resign as co-leader of the Japan Restoration Party if it flops in the Tokyo assembly...
Abe backing away from strategy to revise Constitution
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe takes questions from reporters after arriving in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on June 17 to attend the Group of Eight summit. (Hajime Horiguchi)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe showed signs of retreating from his aggressive strategy to revise Japan’s pacifist Constitution after the public showed little enthusiasm for the...
Isolated Hashimoto discusses Osprey training site with Abe
Residential areas surround the Yao Airport in Osaka Prefecture. (Yoshinori Mizuno)
Things are so tough for Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto that just talking to a long-time potential ally brought about a sense of relief.
Osaka city assembly votes down censure motion against Mayor...
Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto reads a statement on his controversial remarks at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan in Tokyo on May 27. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
OSAKA--The Osaka city assembly on May 30 rejected a censure motion against Mayor Toru Hashimoto over his remarks on “comfort women” and U.S. forces in Okinawa Prefecture...
Hashimoto's explanation fails to impress correspondents, historians
Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto takes questions at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo on May 27. (Soichiro Yamamoto)
A complacent smile appeared on the face of Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto when he stepped down from the podium after a lengthy news conference, perhaps feeling vindicated in front...