LDP

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
The Asahi Shimbun
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...
Keidanren eyes resuming political donations after 5-year break
Sadayuki Sakakibara, chairman of Keidanren (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan's largest business lobby is set to call on member companies to resume making political donations after a five-year hiatus in hopes of engineering conditions for a better...
ANA to ground JAL in operating government's official aircraft
A Boeing 747-400 government plane at Haneda Airport in July (Shohei Sasagawa)
ANA Holdings Inc. will replace Japan Airlines Co. (JAL) as the operator of the government's aircraft fleet, possibly reflecting the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s frosty...
LDP headquarters reluctantly backing Nakaima in Okinawa election
Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Trapped in a corner, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party plans to back Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima in his re-election bid this autumn, even though the party does not like ...
Ex-LDP Secretary-General Koga slams drive to export weapons
Makoto Koga (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Former Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Makoto Koga criticized Japanese leaders for promoting exports of weapons, saying the push is unfathomable for a country that...
Sexist remarks represent the ‘typical thoughts’ of Japanese men
Criticism has finally emerged over sexist speech in Japan’s legislatures. Until now, nothing had been done about these despicable, seemingly unbearable remarks, despite the...
New nuclear watchdog commissioner received additional industry...
Satoru Tanaka, a professor of nuclear engineering at the University of Tokyo (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
An incoming commissioner of the Nuclear Regulation Authority received payments from the nuclear industry until last month, raising fresh doubts about his impartiality at the...
VOX POPULI: Public's words blow away Abe's arguments for security...
People from all walks of life protest at the prime minister’s office in Tokyo over the Cabinet’s approval to allow the nation to exercise its right to collective self-defense on July 1. (Hikaru Uchida)
“Kotodama no sakiwau kuni,” a classical name of Japan, means “a country blessed by the spirit of language.”
MAJOR SECURITY SHIFT: Cabinet opens door for SDF to use force...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at a news conference on July 1 after the Cabinet approved a document that changes the government's interpretation of the Constitution. (Shogo Koshida)
Despite huge protests around the country, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet on July 1 approved changes to Japan’s postwar security policy that could lead to the...
MAJOR SECURITY SHIFT: Cue sheet goes well beyond Cabinet document...
New Komeito vice head Kazuo Kitagawa, far left, and his LDP counterpart Masahiko Komura take part in discussions on June 27 on changing the government interpretation regarding the exercise of the right to collective self-defense. (Shogo Koshida)
When the Cabinet rubber-stamps a document to authorize a drastic change in the government interpretation on the issue of exercising the right to collective self-defense, it...
Audio analysis finds multiple hecklers in Tokyo assembly
Members of opposition parties protest in front of the Tokyo metropolitan assembly president over his handling of discussions on June 25, the final day of the assembly's regular session. (Tatsuya Shimada)
While the Tokyo metropolitan assembly is trying to put an end to the scandal over sexually harassing taunts at an assemblywoman by placing blame on a single heckler, a voice...