LDP

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...
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
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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...