Liberal Democratic Party

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...
EDITORIAL: Opposition parties need unity before realignment to...
Banri Kaieda, left, leader of the Democratic Party of Japan, with the new party secretary-general, Yukio Edano (The Asahi Shimbun)
With the halfway point to the end of the four-year terms of current Lower House members approaching, Japan’s opposition parties, collectedly called a “bunch of midgets,”...
Keidanren to resume political donations after 5-year suspension
Keidanren Chairman Sadayuki Sakakibara announces a new policy at a news conference in Tokyo on Sept. 8. (Masaru Komiyaji)
Keidanren (Japan Business Federation) has decided to resume political donations for the first time in five years, effectively providing the Abe administration with financial...
Putting more women in his Cabinet boosts Abe's approval rating
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe enters Liberal Democratic Party headquarters in Tokyo on Sept. 3, the day he reshuffled his Cabinet. (Nobuhiro Shirai)
The public approval rating for the Abe administration rose markedly after the prime minister reshuffled his Cabinet last week and appointed five women to the lineup.
LDP dismisses idea of using ‘hate speech’ restrictions against ...
Protesters opposed to the restart of idled nuclear reactors gather in front of the Diet building in Tokyo on Aug. 30. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party rejected the idea of using “hate speech” regulations to silence anti-nuclear protesters after the suggestion sparked befuddlement and...
Anti-nuclear protesters fear that restrictions on hate speech will ...
Protesters opposed to the restart of idled nuclear reactors gather in front of the Diet building in Tokyo on Aug. 30. (Wataru Sekita)
As anti-nuclear demonstrators rallied in front of the Diet building on Aug. 30, many were troubled by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s discussions on restricting hate...
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...
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...