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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.
ANALYSIS: As scandal widens, demands resurface for ban on...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe responds to a question during a Lower House session on March 3. (Shinichi Iizuka)
Cries of innocence again rang out as more political heavyweights were implicated in a funding scandal. But amid all the denials of wrongdoing, calls were renewed for clear-cut...
LDP's Nikai to visit China in bid to improve relations
Toshihiro Nikai, the Liberal Democratic Party's General Council chairman, meets South Korean President Park Geun-hye in the presidential Blue House in Seoul on Feb. 13. (Provided by Dong-A Ilbo)
In an attempt to mend ties, a ruling party executive plans to visit China with 3,000 Japanese people, including tourism and local government officials, more than double the...
VOX POPULI: The drumbeat for more aggressive defense posture grows ...
Armed Ground Self-Defense Force members escort Japanese nationals in Thailand during an evacuation drill at Utapao Royal Thai Navy Airfield in central Thailand on Feb. 15. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
According to "Utau Kokumin" (Singing Japanese), a book by Hiroshi Watanabe, a Meiji Era (1868-1912) report on music education for schoolchildren noted that people who were...
EDITORIAL: Ruling parties should not ramrod through unreasonable...
Masahiko Komura, vice president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, addresses members of his party and junior coalition partner Komeito at the beginning of a meeting on the overhaul of a package of legislation on security on Feb. 13. (Shinichi Iizuka)
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito, its junior coalition partner, have opened talks on national security legislation this month, the focus of the current Diet...
Komeito opposes plan to expand SDF protection beyond U.S. military
Ground Self-Defense Force helicopters land at Camp Kisarazu in Chiba Prefecture during a drill in January. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Junior coalition partner Komeito criticized the Abe government ahead of national security talks, saying its proposed role for the Self-Defense Forces exceeds the limit...
EDITORIAL: LDP taking path of least resistance to amending the...
Hajime Funada, chairman of LDP’s Headquarters for the Promotion of Revision to the Constitution, speaks during a session of Lower House Commission on the Constitution in April 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is starting to take serious political steps toward putting a constitutional amendment before voters in the near future.
Corporate tax rate to be cut by 3.29 points over 2 years
The Asahi Shimbun
Bowing to pressure from business circles, the ruling coalition approved an outline of tax revisions Dec. 30 that will cut the effective corporate tax rate by 3.29 percentage...
POLL: 84% of newly elected lawmakers favor constitutional revision
Opponents of amending the Constitution call for voters to cast their ballots in the Dec. 14 Lower House election in Tokyo on Dec. 8. (Keiichiro Inoue)
More than 80 percent of the newly elected Lower House members support amending the pacifist Constitution, according to a recent Asahi Shimbun poll.
UPDATE: Abe's ruling coalition captures two-thirds majority in...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gives an interview to the media as his Liberal Democratic Party heads for victory in the Dec. 14 Lower House election. (Shinichi Iizuka)
The ruling coalition led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe captured a two-thirds majority in the Dec. 14 Lower House election, giving his administration the power to push...
DPJ leader Kaieda to step down after being ousted from Lower House
Banri Kaieda, head of the opposition Democratic Party of Japan, has little to smile about as he responds to reporters' questions on Dec. 14. (Satoru Semba)
Opposition leader Banri Kaieda went down to defeat in the Dec. 14 Lower House election, even though his Democratic Party of Japan added 11 seats to its pre-election strength.
VOX POPULI: Abe win not a mandate, should not ignore opponent's...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe checks out an e-mail from his wife, Akie, while results of the Lower House election keep coming in at his Liberal Democratic Party’s headquarters in Tokyo’s Nagatacho on Dec. 14. (Shinichi Iizuka)
The winners in the Dec. 14 Lower House election, namely Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the ruling parties, chuckled to themselves about their overwhelming victory over...
UPDATE: Ruling coalition captures more than 300 seats in Lower...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe celebrates with LDP Secretary-General Sadakazu Tanigaki and other party executives as they receive reports of LDP victories in the Dec. 14 Lower House election. (Teruo Kashiyama)
The ruling coalition led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe secured more than 300 seats in the Dec. 14 Lower House election, according to partial returns and exit polls.