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Abe a shoo-in for re-election as LDP president
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will likely be re-elected unopposed as president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party next month, sources said.
Party bickering shelves plan for law against 'hate speech'
Activists on the left hold up signs, including one reading, “Go home racists,” in Sapporo in July to counter demonstrators calling for a severing of diplomatic relations with South Korea. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
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...
EDITORIAL: LDP should not meddle in school textbook selection...
The Yokohama municipal board of education meets to decide on the selection of history and civics textbooks for junior high schools on Aug. 5. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The process is under way for local governments to select textbooks that will be used in junior high schools from next spring.
EDITORIAL: LDP shirked responsibility by failing to field...
Iwate Governor Takuya Tasso, center, celebrates his re-election by default for a third term on Aug. 20 in Morioka, Iwate Prefecture. (The Asahi Shimbun)
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.
Okinawa's 'wealth with pride' to end economic dependence on...
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...
Women's magazines feature security bills, reflecting readers'...
Women’s magazines feature the national security bills the Abe administration is pushing, reflecting readers’ anxiety about the proposed legislation. (Sayuri Ide)
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...
Atomic bombing has not stifled talk by politicians about arming...
Yasuhiro Nakasone, far left, then secretary-general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, attends a party meeting in April 1975 to discuss signing the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. Other participants from far right are: Kiichi Miyazawa, then foreign minister, Raizo Matsuno, LDP policy chief, and Hirokichi Nadao, chairman of the LDP General Council. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
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.
VOX POPULI: Lawmaker snarling at personal freedom is not a lone...
Members of the Students Emergency Action for Liberal Democracy-s (SEALDs), an activist group consisting largely of university students, and other protesters against the security legislation rally in front of the Diet building on July 31. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
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...
LDP lawmaker calls students protesting security legislation...
Takaya Muto (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A young ruling party lawmaker seems to yearn for the days when Japanese were willing to sacrifice their lives in the name of war.
EDITORIAL: Isozaki’s views reflect the cowboy mind-set of Abe &...
Yosuke Isozaki, special adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, apologizes on Aug. 3 at a session of the Upper House special committee on security legislation. (Shinichi Iizuka)
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...
EDITORIAL: Common sense lacking in Upper House electoral reform
Opposing the proposed revisions to the Public Offices Election Law, some Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers leave the Upper House plenary session on July 24 before the bill was voted upon. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
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 ...
Abe's special adviser under fire for remarks on Constitution,...
Yosuke Isozaki, special adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in charge of national security (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
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...
INSIGHT: Abe never faltered in his crusade for new security...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe heads toward his office on July 16. (Shinichi Iizuka)
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...
LDP issues gag order to lawmakers on TV survey
LDP Secretary-General Sadakazu Tanigaki responds to questions from reporters. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
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)...
EDITORIAL: LDP should keep its intimidation out of schools
Students discuss the national security legislation in a class at Yanai High School in Yanai, Yamaguchi Prefecture, on June 24. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Is the Liberal Democratic Party trying to suppress free discussion on political issues at school?
Lawmakers lay into colossal price tag for Olympic stadium
An artist's rendition of the planned New National Stadium (Provided by the Japan Sports Council)
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.
Pyongyang drags heels on release of report on Japanese abductees
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, (Asahi Shimbun file photo) and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (Korea News Service)
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,...
Okinawa editors, FCCJ lambaste LDP study group comments
Kazuhiko Taketomi, left, editor in chief of The Okinawa Times, and Yoshikazu Shiohira, editor in chief of The Ryukyu Shimpo, speak before the Japan National Press Club on July 2. (Kengo Hiyoshi)
The top editors at two Okinawa newspapers said the “arrogant” comments made at a meeting of ruling Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers were “baseless slander that cannot...
One lone voice in LDP opposes security legislation
LDP Lower House member Seiichiro Murakami (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Seiichiro Murakami is like a single dove in a sky filled with squawking hawks.
Disciplined LDP lawmaker once again calls for punishing media
Hideo Onishi attends the June 30 Lower House plenary session. (Shinichi Iizuka)
In another potential headache for the ruling party, a lawmaker said he felt there was nothing wrong with his comment about punishing media organizations, despite being told to...