Liberal Democratic Party

Security legislation set for Diet after getting green light from...
Members of the Ground Self-Defense Force enter their camp in Samawah, Iraq, in March 2004. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Controversial security legislation that would mark a sweeping shift in Japan's defense policy, including allowing its Self-Defense Forces to assist an ally under attack, was...
Sharp split persists among ruling bloc, opposition parties over...
Constitutional amendment advocates shout "banzai" at a symposium in Tokyo to mark Constitution Day on May 3. (Hikaru Uchida)
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and junior coalition partner Komeito remain divided over how to amend war-renouncing Article 9 of the Constitution, but the rift is even...
EDITORIAL: Say no to Abe administration’s high-handed move to...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe answers questions about the Constitution from an opposition lawmaker during a Lower House Budget Committee session in February 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
May 3, 1947, was a cold, windy day, and rain had been falling since the previous night.
LDP takes comic approach to changing Constitution
A manga was released April 28 by the Liberal Democratic Party’s Headquarters for the Promotion of Revision to the Constitution. (Hisashi Ishimatsu)
The Liberal Democratic Party is hoping a comic book will persuade the public of the need to revise the Constitution.
Former aides to Obuchi indicted over fund reports; case against...
The office of the Liberal Democratic Party's Gunma No. 5 constituency branch in Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture, which was headed by Kenichiro Orita, a former aide to Lower House member Yuko Obuchi (Yuji Endo)
Tokyo prosecutors on April 28 indicted two ex-aides to former trade minister Yuko Obuchi on charges of falsifying fund reports related to 100 million yen ($840,336) in hidden...
Prosecutors question Obuchi as fresh allegations surface over...
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Tokyo prosecutors have questioned former trade minister Yuko Obuchi over discrepancies in funding reports and suspicions of fictitious donations, sources said April 27.
EDITORIAL: Ruling LDP, Abe administration ratchet up pressure on...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe answers questions from Mizuho Fukushima, a lawmaker of the opposition Social Democratic Party, during an Upper House Budget Committee session on April 1. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party has recently been acting in an outrageous manner in dealing with dissenting opinions.
Hostage crisis a perfect opportunity for Abe to expand reach of...
Could Kenji Goto’s sickening execution by Islamic State have been avoided?
ASAHI POLL: Majority of voters against Abe's plan to expand...
Ground Self-Defense Force troops conduct a drill to rescue Japanese nationals at U-Tapao naval base in Thailand in February. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
More than 50 percent of voters oppose moves by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to expand the role of the Self-Defense Forces overseas, an Asahi Shimbun survey shows.
LDP lawmaker urges Abe to spread wartime slogan
Upper House member Junko Mihara (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A popular lawmaker in the ruling party has raised eyebrows with her call for Japan to promote the concept of “hakko ichiu,” a wartime slogan used to justify Japan's...
VOX POPULI: LDP’s constitutional amendment offerings not ripe...
Yosuke Isozaki (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker recently described the ruling camp’s approach to constitutional amendments in an odd way.
On silence of the electorate, voting and democracy in Japan
Author Satoshi Kamata recently wrote an article titled "Abe reveals true intentions after voting ends" for The Asahi Shimbun AJW.
EDITORIAL: Security legislation needs to include check on SDF...
LDP Vice President Masahiko Komura opens talks between the ruling party and Komeito on Feb. 20 in Tokyo's Nagatacho district. (Shinichi Iizuka)
The government is showing alarming signs of pursuing a radical and dangerous expansion of the Self-Defense Forces’ operations overseas through proposed new security...
Weak opposition played heavily into LDP's hands, voters say in...
Banri Kaieda announces his resignation as head of the Democratic Party of Japan at the party's headquarters in Tokyo on Dec. 15. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A lack of a viable opposition was the major factor behind the Liberal Democratic Party's decisive victory in the Dec. 14 Lower House election, according to three in four voters ...
Chinese, S. Korean newspapers warn LDP's victory could adversely...
Chinese newspapers on Dec. 15 carry stories detailing the Liberal Democratic Party’s landslide victory in the Dec. 14 Lower House election. (Nanae Kurashige)
Major newspapers in China and South Korea expressed concern a day after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party won a landslide victory in the Dec. 14...
INTERVIEW/ Kazuko Uemura: Worst thing is for politicians to ignore ...
Complaints and threats poured in after the Kunitachi municipal assembly in Tokyo adopted a statement on Sept. 19 calling on the Japanese government to enact a law banning hate...
Abe, LDP becoming prickly with media reporting on Lower House...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gives a speech in Oita on Nov. 28. (Hiroyuki Kikuchi)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the ruling Liberal Democratic Party are becoming increasingly hostile about what they perceive as negative reporting by media organizations and...
LDP sends paper to TV broadcasters calling for fairness in...
Televisions show coverage of the dissolution of the Lower House for a general election at an electrical  appliance store in Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture, on Nov. 21. (Mayuri Ito)
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party has sent fair-reporting "guidelines" to key Tokyo-based broadcasters urging that coverage of the Dec. 14 Lower House election, including...
Scandal-tainted former ministers seek mandates in election
Former industry minister Yuko Obuchi at a news conference in Maebashi on Nov. 21 (Nobuhiro Shirai)
Two female politicians who resigned from the Cabinet over money-related scandals asked for forgiveness from supporters as they announced their candidacies for the Dec. 14 Lower ...
Sources: Abe considering dissolving Diet by year-end after...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, talks with Finance Minister Taro Aso during a Diet session on Nov. 6. (Shogo Koshida)
Speculation is swirling that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may dissolve the Lower House for a snap election before year-end after deciding to postpone a proposed consumption tax...