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LDP eyes SPEED member Imai for a run in Upper House election
Eriko Imai (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is set to field pop sensation Eriko Imai of the mega-hit dance group SPEED in the Upper House election this summer, sources said Feb. 5.
Abe seeking supermajority in Upper House to propel constitutional...
The Asahi Shimbun
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has set his sights on obtaining a supermajority in this summer's Upper House election through a coalition to accomplish his long-held goal of amending ...
Abe sets low expectations for pivotal Upper House election
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe responds to a reporter's question at his first news conference for 2016 on Jan. 4. (Sayuri Ide)
In this summer's Upper House election that holds such high stakes, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is setting a low bar for the ruling coalition after the votes are counted.
Abe eying double election in summer to solidify grip on government
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
To ride his Cabinet's support rate, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering dissolving the Lower House to hold a snap election the same day as an Upper House election...
Ruling coalition agrees on exemptions for sales tax hike but fails ...
Sadakazu Tanigaki, left, secretary-general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, responds to questions from reporters regarding the agreement on exemptions for a scheduled consumption tax rate hike. Standing next to him is Yoshihisa Inoue, secretary-general of coalition partner Komeito. (Takuya Isayama)
Although agreeing to some food exemptions for a scheduled consumption tax rate hike in 2017, the ruling coalition on Dec. 12 failed to resolve major issues that will arise from ...
Opposition DPJ, JIP agree to consolidated Diet voting bloc
Democratic Party of Japan head Katsuya Okada, second from right, meets with Japan Innovation Party leader Yorihisa Matsuno, second from left, in the Diet on Dec. 7. (Shinichi Iizuka)
In a move toward cooperation in next summer's Upper House election, the opposition Democratic Party of Japan and Japan Innovation Party agreed on Dec. 7 to form a unified...
Government to hike public works spending in FY 2016 prior to Upper ...
The Asahi Shimbun
With pressure from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party to boost its standing with voters, the government will increase public works spending in fiscal 2016 ahead of next...
Asahi poll: 18% of LDP members want Ishiba as next prime minister, ...
Shigeru Ishiba, the minister in charge of revitalizing local economies, right, talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo in October. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Liberal Democratic Party heavyweight Shigeru Ishiba was the runaway choice of ruling party members in a telephone poll asking whom they supported as the next prime minister.
ASAHI POLL: Majority of LDP rank-and-file seek caution on...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, and other executives of the Liberal Democratic Party gather in Tokyo on Nov. 29 to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the ruling party. (Shinichi Iizuka)
Rank-and-file members of the ruling party largely disagree with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s drive to revise the Constitution and are wary of his policy-pushing methods, but...
LDP huge beneficiary of corporate donations
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, greets Sadayuki Sakakibara, chairman of Keidanren (Japan Business Federation), at a Keidanren gathering in Tokyo in June. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is rolling in cash, courtesy of being almost the sole beneficiary of political donations from companies and industrial or other...
VOX POPULI: Abe's consolidated power permits no diverse opinions...
Koko Sato, as chairman of the LDP General Council in June 1993, gives a news conference at the party headquarters in Tokyo. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Japanese idiom "sessa takuma suru" means to improve one's skills through sheer diligence and hard work, sometimes in friendly competition with one's rivals.
Domestic policy framework: Abe wants farmers on side for 2016
A rice farmer in Shimane Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade arrangement offers an unparalleled opportunity to convert Japanese agriculture into an internationally competitive sector, according to ...
EDITORIAL: Politicians ignoring key issue of redistribution in tax ...
Yoichi Miyazawa, chairman of the LDP Research Commission on the Tax System, right, and his Komeito counterpart, Tetsuo Saito, at a meeting of the ruling coalition council on tax system on Oct. 29. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its junior coalition partner, Komeito, are deeply at odds over the proposal to keep the consumption tax rate on foods and some other...
LDP calls for contentious ‘conspiracy' legislation to fight...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is flanked by LDP Secretary-General Sadakazu Tanigaki, left, and party Vice President Masahiko Komura in October. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Thrice thwarted in the past, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party is again pushing for enactment of a “conspiracy law” in the name of protecting Japanese lives following the ...
LDP to set up panel to review Tokyo war crimes verdicts and GHQ...
Class-A war criminals at the International Military Tribunal for the Far East hear the court's verdicts in the former Imperial Japanese Army ministry building in Tokyo's Ichigaya district on Nov. 11, 1948. The defendants are, from left to right: Hiroshi Oshima, Iwane Matsui, Hideki Tojo, and Takazumi Oka. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The ruling party said it will set up a panel reporting directly to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to examine the verdicts handed down by the Tokyo war crimes trial as well as Allied ...
EDITORIAL: Abe administration must refrain from interference in...
Yoshiharu Kawabata, chairman of the BPO Committee for the Investigation of Broadcasting Ethics, meets reporters in Tokyo on Nov. 6. (The Asahi Shimbun)
There must be no political interference in broadcast programs. The Abe administration needs to change its disrespectful attitude toward broadcast independence.
EDITORIAL: Abe administration's continued contempt of the...
Diet affairs chiefs of the opposition parties submit a request to convene an extraordinary Diet session to Lower House Speaker Tadamori Oshima, second from left, on Oct. 21. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The opposition parties’ call for an extraordinary session of the Diet, made in accordance with Article 53 of the Constitution, has been put on the back burner.
LDP to fire Constitution panel chief for picking expert who...
Hajime Funada (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The chief of the panel to promote constitutional revision will be sacked for handpicking a scholar who humiliated the government in what was supposed to be a defense of new...
Abe Cabinet gets 9 first-time members; main ministers retained
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe heads to a meeting at the headquarters of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Oct. 7. (Shinichi Iizuka)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appointed nine lawmakers to their first posts as Cabinet ministers in a reshuffle on Oct. 7 but retained most of the key figures of his administration.
LDP softens push to lower age for drinking, smoking
Beer and other alcoholic beverages are currently off-limits to those under 20. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party backpedaled on its proposal to lower the legal age for drinking and smoking from 20 to 18 after coming under fire from the Japan Medical...