Liberal Democratic Party

SPEED's Imai dances to a different tune, seeks Upper House seat
Using sign language, Eriko Imai, a member of music group SPEED, says she will run in the Upper House election at the Liberal Democratic Party's headquarters in Tokyo on Feb. 9. (Hiroki Endo)
Eriko Imai, who gained fame and success for belting out tunes as a member of J-pop group SPEED, used sign language to announce her candidacy in the Upper House election this...
Abe makes clear his desire to amend pacifist Article 9
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a Diet session (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called for a long-term effort to rewrite war-renouncing Article 9 of the Constitution, saying Paragraph 2 has created the notion that the existence of ...
LDP lawmakers urge early removal of ‘comfort women’ statue
The “comfort women” statue in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers in the ruling coalition will submit a resolution to the Japanese government demanding it seek an early removal of the “comfort women”...
Senior LDP lawmaker retracts comments that ‘comfort women’...
Yoshitaka Sakurada, a former state minister of education (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Yoshitaka Sakurada, a former state minister of education, retracted his remarks that described wartime “comfort women” as “prostitutes by occupation” after coming under ...
VOX POPULI: Voters will decide whether Abe fails again at revision ...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe responds to a reporter's question at his first news conference for 2016 on Jan. 4. (Kazuhiro Nagashima)
In "Lectures on the Philosophy of History," Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831) said: "A political revolution is sanctioned in men's opinions when it repeats itself. Thus ...
VOX POPULI: Abe shows no sign of running out of breath in his...
Yoshitaka Shindo of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Deliberations began Jan. 8 in the Lower House Budget Committee. Watching a live broadcast on television, some people may have been taken aback when Yoshitaka Shindo of the...
Urgent resolution calls for national manga museum revival in the...
Meiji University is collecting manga and anime artifacts in preparation for the opening of the Tokyo International Manga Library on its campus in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward. (Yukiko Sazanami)
A bipartisan group of Diet members submitted an urgent resolution Dec. 18 calling for the immediate creation of a national manga, anime and video games museum to promote...
EDITORIAL: Hashimoto’s political theatrics fail to produce real...
Toru Hashimoto leaves the Osaka city office on Dec. 18 as his four-year term as mayor expired. (Masaki Yamamoto)
Toru Hashimoto's four-year term as mayor of the city of Osaka expired Dec. 18. Nearly eight years after he assumed the post of Osaka governor, Hashimoto is retreating from the...
Home food deliveries among items spared 10% tax levy
Yoichi Miyazawa of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, right, and his Komeito counterpart, Tetsuo Saito, head into a meeting Dec. 15 to finalize exemptions for food items under the new consumption tax rate. (Shinichi Iizuka)
The ruling coalition refined the fine print for food exemptions in line with a scheduled consumption tax rate hike in April 2017.
INSIGHT: May no 'Back to the Future' time machine send Japan to...
A Myanmar voter has his little finger dipped in special ink to prevent revoting in Yangon on Nov. 8. Citizens celebrated the nation's first general election after the end of the military rule in 2011 by showing their little fingers to one another. (Naoji Shibata)
My pager woke me up while I was taking a nap in the press room at Osaka’s Minami Police Station one day in September 1985.
No more cash for UNESCO, demand LDP lawmakers angry over Nanking...
Eriko Yamatani, former minister in charge of the North Korean abduction issue (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Several lawmakers of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party have demanded the government suspend funding to UNESCO to protest the registration of Beijing’s 1937 Nanking Massacre ...
Asahi poll: 18% of LDP members want Ishiba as next prime minister, ...
Shigeru Ishiba, the minister in charge of revitalizing local economies, right, talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo in October. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Liberal Democratic Party heavyweight Shigeru Ishiba was the runaway choice of ruling party members in a telephone poll asking whom they supported as the next prime minister.
Abe restates pledge to lead drive for constitutional revision
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the prime minister's office on Nov. 5 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reiterated his commitment to amending the nation's pacifist Constitution on Nov. 28, calling on his Liberal Democratic Party to return to its original ...
VOX POPULI: Abe's consolidated power permits no diverse opinions...
Koko Sato, as chairman of the LDP General Council in June 1993, gives a news conference at the party headquarters in Tokyo. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Japanese idiom "sessa takuma suru" means to improve one's skills through sheer diligence and hard work, sometimes in friendly competition with one's rivals.
VOX POPULI: ‘Conspiracy bill’ could see us all jailed in the...
Members of a citizen group opposing the conspiracy legislation stand silently "without blinking" near the Diet building in Tokyo in 2006. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
“What is the difference between a wink and a blink?” In May 2006, Nobuto Hosaka, who was a Lower House legislator at the time, asked this question during Diet deliberations.
VOX POPULI: Abe's 'emergency provision' for Constitution would set ...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The adage of "the hunter becomes the hunted" comes to mind every time I hear any argument in favor of adding a provision for "dealing with emergencies" to the Constitution.
Abe rejects watchdog’s criticism of government pressure on NHK
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Nov. 10 brushed aside criticism from a broadcasting watchdog that the government exerted pressure on Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK) and interfered...
Broadcasting watchdog blasts government, LDP for pressuring NHK
LDP lawmakers said the government should “punish” media companies critical of their policies by reducing their advertising revenue through pressure on their sponsors during a study meeting on June 25. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A third-party panel monitoring TV programming from an ethical standpoint criticized the government and the ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Nov. 6 for rebuking the Japan...
VOX POPULI: City's blacked-out envelopes symbolize constitutional...
The old Hino City business envelope that carries the "protect the Constitution" slogan, right, and the current one (Kosei Kito)
Whatever the intent may have been, what was done by the western Tokyo municipality of Hino seems to mirror the present state of our society.
Ruling bloc plans 2-day committee deliberation in forgoing fall...
Diet affairs chiefs of the opposition parties submit a request to convene an extraordinary Diet session to Lower House Speaker Tadamori Oshima, second from left, on Oct. 21. (Shinichi Iizuka)
The government and ruling coalition are moving to turn down the opposition camp’s request to convene an extraordinary Diet session, citing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s busy...