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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...
LDP, DPJ have one thing in common for election: Keeping manifestos ...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, and Banri Kaieda, leader of the Democratic Party of Japan (Asahi Shimbun file photos)
When the underdog Democratic Party of Japan was looking for an edge in the 2003 Lower House election, party leader Naoto Kan turned to the British political playbook and...
LDP platform boasts achievements, offers vague policy promises
Policy chief Tomomi Inada announces the campaign platform for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Nov. 25. (Nobuhiro Shirai)
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s campaign platform released on Nov. 25 highlighted the achievements of the Abe administration over the past two years but offered very...
Huge decrease expected in Lower House election candidates
Workers set up a poster board for the Dec. 14 Lower House election in Osaka's Tsurumi Ward on Nov. 24. (Toshiyuki Hayashi)
Cooperative efforts among opposition parties to avoid a repeat of their 2012 campaign disaster will likely lead to a drastic decrease in candidates running in the Dec. 14 Lower ...
ASAHI POLL: LDP en route for election win despite poor support for ...
Voters listen to a speech from an expected candidate in Osaka's Suminoe Ward on Nov. 21. (Tetsuro Takehana)
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is heading for victory in the Dec. 14 Lower House election, although less than half of voters support “Abenomics” and other key policies,...
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...