October 07, 2015
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.
September 10, 2015
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...
September 08, 2015
An unchallenged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won re-election as president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and vowed to take his Abenomics package of economic reforms to the ...
August 28, 2015
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will likely be re-elected unopposed as president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party next month, sources said.
August 28, 2015
The ruling coalition has dropped plans to enact legislation during the current Diet session to crack down on “hate speech,” despite acknowledging that such discriminatory...
August 24, 2015
The process is under way for local governments to select textbooks that will be used in junior high schools from next spring.
August 21, 2015
Iwate Governor Takuya Tasso was re-elected by default for a third term on Aug. 20. He won the race unopposed after a prospective challenger withdrew.
August 19, 2015
At a study group convened in late June by young Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers close to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a lecturer made such statements as “the two Okinawan...
August 11, 2015
Women’s weekly magazines in Japan have long relied on a staple of showbiz news, health and beauty care tips and advice on managing household budgets to whet the appetites of...
August 06, 2015
August in Japan is always a solemn month as Hiroshima and Nagasaki hold ceremonies to remember the tens of thousands of people who perished in the 1945 atomic bombings.
August 05, 2015
Should Takaya Muto, a 36-year-old Lower House member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, be simply dismissed as just a young, immature legislator shooting off his mouth on...
August 04, 2015
A young ruling party lawmaker seems to yearn for the days when Japanese were willing to sacrifice their lives in the name of war.
August 04, 2015
Yosuke Isozaki’s controversial remarks about security legislation have become a major political issue, not simply because they were mouthed by a special adviser on national...
July 29, 2015
The revised Public Offices Election Law was enacted on July 28, clearing the way for the implementation of a “plus 10, minus 10” formula to reform the Upper House electoral ...
July 28, 2015
The Abe administration found itself battling a politically damaging brush fire of its own making even before deliberations began July 27 in the Upper House on contentious...
July 16, 2015
The forced vote on security legislation in a Lower House special committee on July 15 shows that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was determined to pass the bills, regardless of the...
July 11, 2015
Executives of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party issued a gag order to lawmakers in connection with a survey conducted by Tokyo Broadcasting System Television Inc. (TBS)...
July 10, 2015
Is the Liberal Democratic Party trying to suppress free discussion on political issues at school?
July 09, 2015
Governing and opposition lawmakers have found something they can agree on--the proposed New National Stadium planned for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics is way too expensive.
July 04, 2015
The Foreign Ministry criticized North Korea on July 3 for delaying the release of the report of its reinvestigation into the status of Japanese nationals abducted decades ago,...