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Pyongyang drags heels on release of report on Japanese abductees
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, (Asahi Shimbun file photo) and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (Korea News Service)
The Foreign Ministry criticized North Korea on July 3 for delaying the release of the report of its reinvestigation into the status of Japanese nationals abducted decades ago,...
Okinawa editors, FCCJ lambaste LDP study group comments
Kazuhiko Taketomi, left, editor in chief of The Okinawa Times, and Yoshikazu Shiohira, editor in chief of The Ryukyu Shimpo, speak before the Japan National Press Club on July 2. (Kengo Hiyoshi)
The top editors at two Okinawa newspapers said the “arrogant” comments made at a meeting of ruling Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers were “baseless slander that cannot...
One lone voice in LDP opposes security legislation
LDP Lower House member Seiichiro Murakami (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Seiichiro Murakami is like a single dove in a sky filled with squawking hawks.
Disciplined LDP lawmaker once again calls for punishing media
Hideo Onishi attends the June 30 Lower House plenary session. (Shinichi Iizuka)
In another potential headache for the ruling party, a lawmaker said he felt there was nothing wrong with his comment about punishing media organizations, despite being told to...
Media groups protest LDP study group comments; Abe expresses...
The front pages of major Japanese daily newspapers carry articles about comments made at an LDP study group calling for pressure against media organizations. (Kengo Hiyoshi)
Media associations on June 29 issued protest statements while Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed “regret” over a ruling party study group meeting that called for punishing ...
VOX POPULI: LDP lawmakers becoming hysterical over criticism
Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers listen to writer Naoki Hyakuta during a meeting at the party's headquarters in Tokyo on June 25. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The political impact of constitutional scholars’ assertion that government-proposed security legislation is unconstitutional is showing no signs of waning.
Broadcast officials express anger at LDP study group call for...
Thousands of protesters hold up signs expressing their opinion on security legislation now before the Diet at a demonstration held on June 27 in Tokyo's Shibuya district. (Tetsuro Takehana)
Disciplinary action taken against an official in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party could not quell anger in the broadcasting sector, which was threatened with the pulling of...
LDP to dismiss division leader amid uproar over study group session
Minoru Kihara, director of the Liberal Democratic Party's Youth Division (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party decided to dismiss Minoru Kihara as director of the party’s Youth Division after comments made at a study group he heads sparked outrage...
Pro-Abe lawmakers offer plan to 'punish' media; Hyakuta wants...
Naoki Hyakuta delivers a speech at a meeting of young Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers at the party's headquarters in Tokyo on June 25. (Shinichi Iizuka)
Young ruling party lawmakers and a best-selling novelist close to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lambasted the two leading dailies in Okinawa Prefecture for opposing the...
Girl group's anti-LDP lyrics cause Yamato city to pull support of...
Pop group Seifuku Kojo Iinkai sings “Da! Da! Datsugenpatsu” (Free from nuclear power plants) at a concert in Sendai in May. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
YAMATO, Kanagawa Prefecture--An all-girl pop group’s lyrics criticizing the ruling Liberal Democratic Party have hit a sour note with the Yamato municipal government.
Constitutional law scholars lash out at government criticism,...
Yasuo Hasebe, left, Waseda University professor, and Setsu Kobayashi, professor emeritus at Keio University, attend a news conference in Tokyo on June 15. (Tetsuro Takehana)
Two constitutional law scholars rebutted government arguments against their conclusion that security legislation before the Diet is unconstitutional, with one saying the Abe...
LDP executive, protesters get in shouting match over security bills
Protesters yell at Sadakazu Tanigaki, secretary-general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, as he tries to explain security legislation in front of Shinjuku Station in Tokyo on June 7. (Tetsuro Takehana)
A crowd in downtown Tokyo shouted, “Go home,” at the ruling party’s No. 2 man as he tried to explain proposed security legislation that would widen the overseas...
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...
Opposition parties attack LDP as controversial security bills...
Chiefs of the Diet affairs committees of the ruling parties and the opposition bloc discuss the proceedings of the proposed security legislation at a meeting on May 15. (Shinichi Iizuka)
The opposition bloc has wasted no time in launching a wave of attacks against the ruling Liberal Democratic Party over the controversial package of security bills submitted to...
INSIGHT: Conditions for exercising right to collective...
Kazuo Kitagawa, left, deputy head of Komeito, and Masahiko Komura, vice president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, meet with reporters after the two parties agreed to national security-related legislation on May 11. (Shinichi Iizuka)
A key bill that allows Japanese military forces to exercise the right to collective self-defense contains such vague wording that it is open to all sorts of interpretations.
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 ...
High school students treated to political debate on Constitution
Senior high school students listen to lawmakers debate over the move to revise Japan's pacifist Constitution in a meeting held in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward on May 1. (Orie Yoshihama)
Dozens of high school students descended on Tokyo's political nerve center for a lesson in the dog-eat-dog world of politics.
Japan's ruling party gears up to revise pacifist Constitution
Former Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone delivers a speech during the annual meeting on Japan's Constitution reform in Tokyo on May 1. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Japan's conservative ruling party is gearing up for a new push to achieve its long-sought goal of revising the country's U.S.-drafted postwar Constitution. Its first challenge: ...
EDITORIAL: Security legislation riddled with loopholes
A meeting of ruling coalition members on the national security legislation held on April 17 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its junior coalition partner, Komeito, reached agreement April 21 on the last pending issue concerning the planned national security...
EDITORIAL: Ruling LDP, Abe administration ratchet up pressure on...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe answers questions from Mizuho Fukushima, a lawmaker of the opposition Social Democratic Party, during an Upper House Budget Committee session on April 1. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party has recently been acting in an outrageous manner in dealing with dissenting opinions.