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Farm vice minister says sorry for smooching fellow lawmaker
Yuko Nakagawa, the agriculture parliamentary vice minister (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The agriculture parliamentary vice minister and a married lawmaker apologized after a weekly magazine published a photo of them kissing in public after a party in Tokyo’s...
Abe's war-anniversary statement raises questions about Japan's...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe most certainly has strong feelings about the statement he will release in August, the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
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...
LDP's Nikai to visit China in bid to improve relations
Toshihiro Nikai, the Liberal Democratic Party's General Council chairman, meets South Korean President Park Geun-hye in the presidential Blue House in Seoul on Feb. 13. (Provided by Dong-A Ilbo)
In an attempt to mend ties, a ruling party executive plans to visit China with 3,000 Japanese people, including tourism and local government officials, more than double the...
VOX POPULI: The drumbeat for more aggressive defense posture grows ...
Armed Ground Self-Defense Force members escort Japanese nationals in Thailand during an evacuation drill at Utapao Royal Thai Navy Airfield in central Thailand on Feb. 15. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
According to "Utau Kokumin" (Singing Japanese), a book by Hiroshi Watanabe, a Meiji Era (1868-1912) report on music education for schoolchildren noted that people who were...
EDITORIAL: Ruling parties should not ramrod through unreasonable...
Masahiko Komura, vice president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, addresses members of his party and junior coalition partner Komeito at the beginning of a meeting on the overhaul of a package of legislation on security on Feb. 13. (Shinichi Iizuka)
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito, its junior coalition partner, have opened talks on national security legislation this month, the focus of the current Diet...
Komeito opposes plan to expand SDF protection beyond U.S. military
Ground Self-Defense Force helicopters land at Camp Kisarazu in Chiba Prefecture during a drill in January. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Junior coalition partner Komeito criticized the Abe government ahead of national security talks, saying its proposed role for the Self-Defense Forces exceeds the limit...
EDITORIAL: LDP taking path of least resistance to amending the...
Hajime Funada, chairman of LDP’s Headquarters for the Promotion of Revision to the Constitution, speaks during a session of Lower House Commission on the Constitution in April 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is starting to take serious political steps toward putting a constitutional amendment before voters in the near future.
Corporate tax rate to be cut by 3.29 points over 2 years
The Asahi Shimbun
Bowing to pressure from business circles, the ruling coalition approved an outline of tax revisions Dec. 30 that will cut the effective corporate tax rate by 3.29 percentage...
POLL: 84% of newly elected lawmakers favor constitutional revision
Opponents of amending the Constitution call for voters to cast their ballots in the Dec. 14 Lower House election in Tokyo on Dec. 8. (Keiichiro Inoue)
More than 80 percent of the newly elected Lower House members support amending the pacifist Constitution, according to a recent Asahi Shimbun poll.
UPDATE: Abe's ruling coalition captures two-thirds majority in...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gives an interview to the media as his Liberal Democratic Party heads for victory in the Dec. 14 Lower House election. (Shinichi Iizuka)
The ruling coalition led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe captured a two-thirds majority in the Dec. 14 Lower House election, giving his administration the power to push...
DPJ leader Kaieda to step down after being ousted from Lower House
Banri Kaieda, head of the opposition Democratic Party of Japan, has little to smile about as he responds to reporters' questions on Dec. 14. (Satoru Semba)
Opposition leader Banri Kaieda went down to defeat in the Dec. 14 Lower House election, even though his Democratic Party of Japan added 11 seats to its pre-election strength.
VOX POPULI: Abe win not a mandate, should not ignore opponent's...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe checks out an e-mail from his wife, Akie, while results of the Lower House election keep coming in at his Liberal Democratic Party’s headquarters in Tokyo’s Nagatacho on Dec. 14. (Shinichi Iizuka)
The winners in the Dec. 14 Lower House election, namely Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the ruling parties, chuckled to themselves about their overwhelming victory over...
UPDATE: Ruling coalition captures more than 300 seats in Lower...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe celebrates with LDP Secretary-General Sadakazu Tanigaki and other party executives as they receive reports of LDP victories in the Dec. 14 Lower House election. (Teruo Kashiyama)
The ruling coalition led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe secured more than 300 seats in the Dec. 14 Lower House election, according to partial returns and exit polls.
2014 CHOICE: Ruling coalition could maintain two-thirds majority...
The Asahi Shimbun
The ruling coalition led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe could maintain its two-thirds majority in the Lower House in the Dec. 14 election, exit polls showed.
Statement tells ruling party to butt out of TV broadcast...
NHK Broadcasting Center in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Journalists and media researchers issued a statement Dec. 11 calling on the ruling party to stop trying to control content on TV programs.
VOX POPULI: Recalling the 1976 Lower House election
Prime Minister Takeo Miki puts a grim look in the headquarters of the Liberal Democratic Party in Tokyo on Dec. 5, 1976, as the results of the Lower House election show the party had lost its majority. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
“Sokuin,” which means pity or compassion in Japanese, is not a commonly used word. I learned this word in 1976 in reference to a power struggle within the ruling Liberal...
2014 CHOICE: LDP set to pad large majority in Lower House election
Voters in Niigata Prefecture brave rain Dec. 3 to listen to a Lower House election candidate. (Shiro Nishihata)
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is set to widen its control of the Lower House in the Dec. 14 election, an Asahi Shimbun poll shows.
LDP nearly sole beneficiary of corporate political donations due...
The headquarters of the Liberal Democratic Party in Tokyo (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party was the major beneficiary of political donations from big business, a reflection of the business world's support for the economic measures...
EDITORIAL: LDP should present road map for policy agenda
Policy chief Tomomi Inada announces the campaign platform for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Nov. 25. (Nobuhiro Shirai)
In its campaign platform for the Dec. 14 Lower House election, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party pledges to realize both economic regeneration and fiscal rehabilitation. The...