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Lawmakers’ incomes hit 5-year high, fueled by Abenomics boost to ...
Lower House member Kunio Hatoyama (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The average income of Diet members in 2013 rose 2.75 million yen ($27,100) to 22.81 million yen, thanks partly to reaping the benefits of surging stock prices brought about by...
Shiomura seeks names of other sexist hecklers; perpetrator's...
Akihiro Suzuki apologizes at a news conference on June 23 for taunting Ayaka Shiomura, another Tokyo metropolitan assembly member. (Tatsuya Shimada)
A Tokyo assemblywoman targeted by sexist taunts said the case was far from over after she received an apology from one of her tormentors, whose office was pelted with raw eggs.
Japan unveils latest installment of 'Third Arrow' reforms
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a news conference in Tokyo on June 24 (Shogo Koshida/ The Asahi Shimbun)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe unveiled a package of measures on June 24 aimed to boost Japan's long-term economic growth, from phased-in corporate tax cuts to a bigger role for...
Tokyo assemblyman admits to sexist taunting; Shiomura says 'too...
Akihiro Suzuki, a Tokyo metropolitan assembly member, apologizes to his colleague Ayaka Shiomura at the assembly building in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward on June 23. (Yosuke Fukudome)
Pressed by the ruling party, a Tokyo assemblyman on June 23 belatedly admitted to sexually taunting a female colleague, but criticism continued to rage over the scandal that...
LDP’s Ishiba calls on assembly members to apologize for sexist...
Shigeru Ishiba (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is urging the Tokyo metropolitan assembly members who taunted a female colleague with sexist jeers to come forward and apologize.
MAJOR SECURITY SHIFT: LDP’s Gifu chapter blasts Abe’s rush to...
Takashi Nekota, a member of Gifu prefectural assembly and secretary-general of the Liberal Democratic Party's local chapter in the prefecture (Naoyuki Mori)
GIFU--The ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s local chapter in Gifu Prefecture has asked all 42 municipal assemblies in the prefecture to oppose Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s...
MAJOR SECURITY SHIFT: Abe increases pressure on New Komeito on...
From right, LDP Secretary-General Shigeru Ishiba, Vice President Masahiko Komura and New Komeito vice chief Kazuo Kitagawa attend a coalition meeting on national security June 6. (Sayuri Ide)
In a further attempt to press New Komeito, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made clear on June 6 he wants Cabinet approval for a constitutional reinterpretation concerning collective...
Abe vows to cut corporate tax in fiscal 2015
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks with Pope Francis in the Vatican on June 6. (Shogo Koshida)
ROME--Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged to reduce Japan’s corporate tax rate in fiscal 2015 despite opposition from within the ruling coalition and the Finance Ministry.
Proposal aims to lift 'noncombat zone' regulation on SDF activities
Ground Self-Defense Force members stand guard near Samawah, Iraq, in March 2004. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan's Self-Defense Forces would provide medical and logistics support to foreign troops in combat under a proposal aired June 3 to ease self-imposed restrictions on the role...
MAJOR SECURITY SHIFT: Ex-defense official criticizes Abe's stance...
Kyoji Yanagisawa (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A former Defense Ministry official lambasted the Abe administration's plan to reinterpret the Constitution to allow Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense to a...
MAJOR SECURITY SHIFT: Protesters oppose 'destroying' Constitution...
Protesters rally in opposition to the Abe administration’s move to allow Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense at a demonstration on May 20 outside the prime minister’s office in Tokyo. (Takaharu Yagi)
Hundreds of protesters rallied on May 20 in front of the prime minister's office against the Abe administration’s plan to allow the nation to exercise the right to collective ...
UPDATE: Abe pushes collective self-defense, vows to defend...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a news conference on May 15 (Hiroyuki Yamamoto)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made clear May 15 his government will lift Japan’s self-imposed ban on exercising the right to collective self-defense, saying the change will help...
Key LDP member: Defense debate misses real risk--fewer young people
LDP General Council Chairwoman Seiko Noda (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A prominent member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party says the current debate on the right to collective self-defense misses the mark: With a shrinking birthrate, Japan...
LDP executive: Deeper U.S. alliance good for region
Shigeru Ishiba, secretary-general of the Liberal Democratic Party (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
WASHINGTON--A top figure in Japan's ruling party said May 2 his nation's security alliance with the U.S. should be deepened to prevent conflicts from breaking out in the...
'Constitution Cafe' serves up heaping discussions of governance,...
Lawyer Keiko Ota, second from right, gives a quiz on the Constitution to participants in Tokyo's Toshima Ward. (Yuri Imamura)
On an April Sunday in Tokyo, a group of women in their 30s and 40s gather around built-in griddles at an "okonomiyaki" restaurant. Dessert is served, and then the latest...
LDP trumpets Lower House by-election victory despite record low...
The LDP's Masuo Kaneko, right, greets a voter after he won a Lower House by-election in Kagoshima on April 27. (Ryo Ikeda)
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is touting a Lower House by-election victory April 27 as a mandate from the public that voters trust the key policies of the Abe...
Scholars form ‘Save Constitutional Democracy’ to challenge...
Yasuhiro Okudaira, professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo, and other scholars of Save Constitutional Democracy Japan 2014, speak of a crisis facing democracy in Japan at a news conference on April 18 at the Diet members' office of the Lower House in Tokyo.  (Izumi Sakurai)
Concerned scholars have formed a group to protest the Abe government’s "aggressive campaign" to make it easier to amend the pacifist Constitution, vowing to "restore...
Japan to limit collective self-defense to its territory, high seas
The Asahi Shimbun
Japan plans to exercise the right to collective self-defense only in its territory and on the high seas, but it will refrain from specifying these restrictions in a Cabinet...
LDP seeks longer stays for foreign workers amid growing...
Chinese trainees pack frozen salmon at a seafood processing plant in Miyagi Prefecture in February. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The ruling party is set to call on the government to allow foreigners who receive on-the-job training in Japan to remain in the country for longer periods to help alleviate...
ANALYSIS: LDP desperate for rebound on local level before Tokyo...
Shigeru Ishiba, secretary-general of the Liberal Democratic Party, attends a news conference on Jan. 20, a day after the party’s candidate was defeated in the Nago mayoral election. (Shogo Koshida)
While Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s grip over Diet affairs shows no signs of weakening, his ruling party has been on a losing streak at the local level.