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Former DPJ prime ministers return to humble beginnings in reaching ...
Naoto Kan, a former DPJ prime minister, stands on an empty beer case while speaking to voters in Tokyo on Nov. 21. (Taichi Kobayashi)
Once leader of one of the most powerful nations in the world, former Prime Minister Naoto Kan is now just one of many politicians standing outside train stations around the...
Abe eyes dissolving Lower House, snap election may fall on Dec. 14
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shakes hands with Myanmar President Thein Sein in Naypyidaw on Nov. 12. (Makoto Igarashi)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has told senior officials of the ruling coalition that he may dissolve the Lower House for a snap election before year-end.
Final report on new defense cooperation guidelines delayed until...
Ground Self-Defense Force members and U.S. Marines participate in a joint drill in Hawaii in June. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The final report on new guidelines for Japan-U.S. defense cooperation will not be ready by the end of 2014, the initial deadline, as domestic political concerns pushed it to...
EDITORIAL: Politicians should lead the way in rejecting hate speech
Various anti-racism messages are displayed during last year's March on Tokyo for Freedom in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward on Sept. 22, 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
On Nov. 2, the middle day of three consecutive holidays, legions of demonstrators marched in Tokyo’s busy Shinjuku district, chanting, “The world doesn’t need hate speech....
EDITORIAL: Constitution needs higher priority on Diet agenda
A demonstrator holds a sign that reads “We refuse to accept discrimination and intolerance” to protest a hate speech rally in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
“Japanese people who conserve Article 9” of the Constitution was nominated for this year's Nobel Peace Prize. The Upper House Commission on the Constitution recently...
VOX POPULI: LDP cannot simply blow off latest scandals
A paper fan that Midori Matsushima distributed to her constituents is shown at the Lower House legal affairs committee on Oct. 15. (The Asahi Shimbun)
During election campaigns, it is customary for campaign staffers to hand out round pieces of cardboard that are colorfully printed with the candidates’ names, party...
DPJ considers image change by fielding more female candidates
Banri Kaieda, leader of the main opposition Democratic Party of Japan (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The main opposition Democratic Party of Japan is considering introducing a quota system to increase the number of its women candidates, in an effort to revamp its image.
LDP seeks harsh penalties for 'revenge porn' postings
The Asahi Shimbun
Former partners who upload sexually explicit images of their significant others will face prison time or a stiff fine, according to the outline of a bill by the ruling party...
Japan-U.S. defense cooperation to have global reach
Officials of Japan and the United States meet Oct. 8 at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo to approve the interim report on defense cooperation. (Jun Ueda)
Expanded Japan-U.S. defense cooperation on a global basis forms the core of an interim report on bilateral defense guidelines released Oct. 8 that was heavily colored by a...
Abe: No plan right now to replace Kono statement
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe responds to questions in the Lower House on Oct. 1. (Shogo Koshida)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stated he has no plans to issue a new statement to replace a landmark 1993 apology to former "comfort women" forced to provide sex to wartime Japanese ...
Ruling parties hoping to hobnob with Chinese Communist Party next...
Kazuo Kitagawa (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Ruling coalition lawmakers are working to improve the political atmosphere with China to set the stage for the first summit talks between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese...
EDITORIAL: LDP moderate Tanigaki can help rebuild Japan’s ties...
Sadakazu Tanigaki, former president of the Liberal Democratic Party, enters the party headquarters in Tokyo’s Naagatacho district on Sept. 3. (Satoru Sekiguchi)
Former Liberal Democratic Party President Sadakazu Tanigaki has become the ruling party’s new secretary-general.
Abe reshuffles Cabinet, LDP lineup with political stability, China ...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe names Sadakazu Tanigaki as secretary-general of the Liberal Democratic Party on Sept. 3. (Shogo Koshida)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s reshuffled Cabinet and new ruling party lineup reflect a desire to stabilize his political base, repair relations at home and abroad, and prepare...
LDP finally begins work to stamp out hate speech
A protester holds a placard that reads, “We refuse to allow discrimination and intolerance,” while a group of demonstrators calling for the ouster of foreigners march in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward in April 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A project team of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party met for the first time on Aug. 28 to discuss measures to deal with hate speech demonstrations in Japan.
Abe wears down biggest political rival Ishiba, convinces him to...
Ruling Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Shigeru Ishiba visits the prime minister’s office in Tokyo to meet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Aug. 29. (Shogo Koshida)
Ruling Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Shigeru Ishiba finally bowed to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s repeated requests to join his Cabinet on Aug. 29, apparently...
Keidanren eyes resuming political donations after 5-year break
Sadayuki Sakakibara, chairman of Keidanren (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan's largest business lobby is set to call on member companies to resume making political donations after a five-year hiatus in hopes of engineering conditions for a better...
ANA to ground JAL in operating government's official aircraft
A Boeing 747-400 government plane at Haneda Airport in July (Shohei Sasagawa)
ANA Holdings Inc. will replace Japan Airlines Co. (JAL) as the operator of the government's aircraft fleet, possibly reflecting the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s frosty...
LDP headquarters reluctantly backing Nakaima in Okinawa election
Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Trapped in a corner, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party plans to back Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima in his re-election bid this autumn, even though the party does not like ...
Ex-LDP Secretary-General Koga slams drive to export weapons
Makoto Koga (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Former Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Makoto Koga criticized Japanese leaders for promoting exports of weapons, saying the push is unfathomable for a country that...
Sexist remarks represent the ‘typical thoughts’ of Japanese men
Criticism has finally emerged over sexist speech in Japan’s legislatures. Until now, nothing had been done about these despicable, seemingly unbearable remarks, despite the...