Liberal Democratic Party

LDP promotes conservative textbooks for young minds in school...
A civics textbook for junior high schools, published by Ikuhosha Publishing Inc., left, and that by Tokyo Shoseki Co. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
With the deadline looming for municipal boards of education to adopt school textbooks, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party has launched a campaign to encourage the selection of ...
Abe sends offering to Yasukuni Shrine; three Cabinet ministers...
Haruko Arimura, left, state minister for the empowerment of women, and Sanae Takaichi, minister for internal affairs and communication, visit Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on Aug. 15. (Photos by Takuya Isayama)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a monetary offering to Yasukuni Shrine, which enshrines anyone who died fighting for Japan in the modern era, on the 70th anniversary of the end...
Muto stands by tweet, fuels fire by saying antiwar students...
Takaya Muto (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A ruling party lawmaker who branded young people opposed to proposed security legislation as "selfish" has refused to rescind his comments and instead accused them of being...
EDITORIAL: Basic security questions remain unanswered, eroding...
Demonstrators hold placards that read, “We do not tolerate Abe's politics” at a protest in Fukuoka on July 18. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Upper House on July 27 started deliberating the package of government-drafted national security bills that recently cleared the Lower House.
Parody video critical of security legislation goes viral on YouTube
The captions in this clip from the Liberal Democratic Party's “Oshiete! Hige no Taicho” video say “peace and safety legislation” and “laws to protect the lives and peaceful life of the Japanese people.” (Taken from YouTube)
A parody mocking the Abe administration's national security legislation is winning the battle of drawing more online views than the ruling party’s animated video that...
Fear of jeers causes LDP to abandon street speeches on security...
Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Sadakazu Tanigaki makes a street speech in front of JR Shinjuku Station in Tokyo on June 7. (Tetsuro Takehana)
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party will scrap holding street speeches on unpopular new security legislation for several weeks because it fears its members being ridiculed or...
EDITORIAL: Japan’s postwar progress outrageously reversed
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, leaves the Lower House special committee just before the vote on the security bills on July 15. (Shogo Koshida)
The ruling coalition led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe railroaded a package of controversial security bills through a Lower House special committee on July 15.
Ruling parties to vote on security bills July 15
Citizens express their opposition to proposed security legislation in Kagoshima on July 12. (Yu Kamata)
Ignoring strident public opposition, the ruling parties intend to seek Lower House passage this week of a package of security bills that would significantly expand the overseas ...
POINT OF VIEW/ Eiji Oguma: Weakened LDP power base allows Abe to...
Toshinobu Nakasato, far right, in front of the Diet building in December with other Lower House members elected from Okinawa Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Many policy goals of the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, such as the push for national security legislation and nuclear energy, lack public support.
Critics fault ruling party's manga pitching constitutional change
In “Honobono Ikka no Kenpokaiseitte Nani?” (Mellow Family: What is constitutional revision?), the great-grandfather says: “This Constitution was handed to Japan by the General Headquarters of the Allied occupation forces after Japan’s defeat in World War II. So long as Japan holds on to this Constitution, Japan will remain a defeated nation.” (Provided by the LDP)
A comic book from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party that attempts to sell constitutional revisions is drawing criticism as it depicts a Constitution forced on Japan by its...
VOX POPULI: LDP lawmakers becoming hysterical over criticism
Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers listen to writer Naoki Hyakuta during a meeting at the party's headquarters in Tokyo on June 25. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The political impact of constitutional scholars’ assertion that government-proposed security legislation is unconstitutional is showing no signs of waning.
EDITORIAL: Lawmakers’ remarks about media underscore LDP’s...
Naoki Hyakuta delivers a speech at a meeting of young Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers at the party's headquarters in Tokyo on June 25. (Shinichi Iizuka)
The verbal attacks by young members of the Liberal Democratic Party against news media are so out of line that it is hard to believe the words really came out of the mouths of...
Girl group's anti-LDP lyrics cause Yamato city to pull support of...
Pop group Seifuku Kojo Iinkai sings “Da! Da! Datsugenpatsu” (Free from nuclear power plants) at a concert in Sendai in May. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
YAMATO, Kanagawa Prefecture--An all-girl pop group’s lyrics criticizing the ruling Liberal Democratic Party have hit a sour note with the Yamato municipal government.
Japan to ban drone flights by individuals in residential areas
A camera-equipped drone operated by Air Media Service, a company based in Fujieda, Shizuoka Prefecture (Provided by Air Media Service)
The government plans to ban individuals from operating drones in densely populated residential areas after a remote-controlled craft was found on the roof of the prime...
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.