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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.
LDP panel targets TV station that aired criticism of Abe's office
Members of an LDP panel on communications strategy hear from TV executives seated at the table on the left. (Hikaru Uchida)
A ruling party committee summoned executives from two major TV stations April 17, but it was clear the members were targeting only TV Asahi over a program that drew the ire of...
EDITORIAL: LDP’s intervention in broadcasting unacceptable
Shigeaki Koga, a bureaucrat-turned commentator, talks about Japanese media and government during a news conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan on April 16. (The Asahi Shimbun)
TV programs whose appropriateness has been questioned certainly contained problems. But that doesn’t mean the powers that be should be allowed to casually take action that...
UPDATE: All 10 ruling coalition-backed incumbents re-elected in...
Incumbent Harumi Takahashi celebrates along with her supporters after being declared the winner of the Hokkaido governor election on April 12 in Sapporo. (Kotaro Ebara)
Incumbents triumphed in all 10 gubernatorial elections held nationwide on April 12, sending a sigh of relief through the ruling coalition of the Liberal Democratic Party and...
LDP targeted TV program on 'Abenomics' while calling for neutrality
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe campaigns in the December 2014 Lower House election. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The ruling party sent a letter to a TV station complaining about a news program's report on "Abenomics" after it called for neutrality in reporting during the run-up to the...
Tokyo hesitant to join AIIB, although some ruling lawmakers call...
The Asahi Shimbun
The government explained its hesitation in joining a China-led financial institution, citing its intent to use possible membership as a political bargaining chip, but some...
Operations in Strait of Hormuz to come under new defense guidelines
Defense Minister Gen Nakatani, right, meets with visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on April 8 at the Defense Ministry. (Pool)
Japan and the United States are using discussions on revisions to defense cooperation guidelines to address their respective domestic and security concerns.
LDP stealthily seeking to raise nuclear energy dependence
The Asahi Shimbun
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is pushing a policy of heightening Japan’s dependence on nuclear energy but has buried this stance under a calculation trick.
Lee Kuan Yew impressed by Japan's recovery, frustrated by its...
Lee Kuan Yew, the former prime minister of Singapore who is called the founding father of the city state, died on March 23. He was 91.
LDP panel urges caution over move to certify same-sex marriage
Shibuya Ward Mayor Toshitake Kuwahara explains a ward proposal to issue certificates recognizing same-sex relationships in February. (Akemi Harada)
Japan's conservative ruling party expressed wariness of moves by a local government in Tokyo to issue certificates recognizing same-sex marriages.
Japan, China agree to avoid provocations, resume political...
Sadakazu Tanigaki, secretary-general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, left, with Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, in Beijing on March 23 (Kazuki Uechi)
BEIJING--Japan and China agreed to bury the hatchet and resume exchanges of senior lawmakers, with the proviso that both sides avoid provocative behavior in this 70th...
COMMENTARY: With expanded global role, a bigger risk for SDF abroad
The Asahi Shimbun
In the 61 years they have been in existence, the Self-Defense Forces have operated based on an exclusively defense-oriented policy.
Ruling coalition agrees on 'direction' for national security...
Masahiko Komura, right, vice president of the Liberal Democratic Party, addresses a meeting of ruling coalition members on the framework for national security legislation. (Shinichi Iizuka)
The ruling coalition parties have cleared one of the many hurdles toward adopting a bolder security policy that would expand Self-Defense Forces’ missions abroad and allow...
Lawmakers form nonpartisan group to support LGBTs ahead of 2020...
Members of the LGBT community and its supporters parade through central Tokyo in April 2014 to raise awareness about the rights of sexual minorities. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
To avoid a repeat of the Russian anti-gay law controversy at last year's Sochi Games, lawmakers established a group on March 17 to rid Japan of discrimination against sexual...
LDP, DPJ differ over Shibuya Ward's same-sex certificate plan
Sadakazu Tanigaki, secretary-general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The No. 2 man in the ruling party expressed wariness over a Tokyo ward’s plan to certify same-sex relationships, but the main opposition party’s policy chief lauded it as a ...
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.