Liberal Democratic Party

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.
POINT OF VIEW/ Eiji Oguma: Nuclear-free Japan is a reality, not a...
Eiji Oguma, center, attends an anti-nuclear power demonstration in Tokyo in December 2012. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
What country has made the most dramatic shift away from nuclear power since the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant? Many people answer "Germany." Yet while the ...
'Absurd' decision names prime minister as third-party overseer of...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe answers questions about the state secrets protection bill at the Lower House on Nov. 7. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The ruling coalition and an opposition party agreed that the prime minister would be the best “third party” to oversee designations of state secrets under a contentious...
State considers loaning TEPCO additional 3 trillion yen
TEPCO's company name plate at the utility's head office in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The government is weighing additional loans of 3 trillion yen ($30.2 billion) to the operator of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, sources said.
Former LDP chief Tanigaki silent this time on secrets protection...
Sadakazu Tanigaki (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Justice Minister Sadakazu Tanigaki, a staunch advocate of freedom of information during the Cold War, has remained mum on a government bill that critics say will compromise the ...
Diet begins debate on Abe’s controversial secrets protection bill
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe answers a question concerning the state secrets protection bill during a Lower House session Nov. 7. (Shogo Koshida)
Information related to the abductions of Japanese citizens by foreign agents and security arrangements around nuclear plants will be among the information to be kept secret...
Government considers additional funds for Fukushima measures,...
The Asahi Shimbun
The government is considering shouldering a larger financial burden in dealing with the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant accident, a mess the top government spokesman blamed on...
VOX POPULI: LDP's hubris like runaway car with no brakes
Citizens appeal to passers-by with a banner demanding that the state secrets protection bill be scrapped in Kushiro, Hokkaido, on Oct. 30. (Yoshihiko Yoshida)
Isao Kadota (1902-1984), an Asahi Shimbun reporter and a master prose writer of the Showa Era (1926-1989), once made this humorous observation: "I saw an advertisement while...
EDITORIAL: No-nukes road map needed before taxpayers made to pay...
Environment ministry officials inspect a temporary collection site of bags containing radioactive debris from decontamination work in Naraha, Fukushima Prefecture, in April. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party has thrashed out plans to deal with the consequences of the Fukushima nuclear disaster and take care of affected areas, but many questions...
Japan to weigh ending tariffs on about 40 percent of ‘sacred’...
Koya Nishikawa, chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party’s TPP committee, on Oct. 10 briefs the party’s member lawmakers at a meeting in Tokyo on talks for the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade arrangement that took place earlier this month on the Indonesian island of Bali. (Hikaru Uchida)
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and the government on Oct. 10 decided to start considering abolishing tariffs on about 220 food items, angering many LDP lawmakers for...
INTERVIEW: LDP’s Oshima says TEPCO breakup an option
Tadamori Oshima (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party will make proposals this month on how to handle the embattled operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, including the possible...
Koizumi's son says it's time to thoroughly discuss energy policy
Lower House member Shinjiro Koizumi is surrounded by residents at a temporary housing complex for those affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, on Oct. 4. (Ryutaro Abe)
NAGOYA--The lawmaker son of retired Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi is clearly sympathetic to his father's much-publicized call for a radical change in energy policy, putting...
Suddenly eloquent Abe exudes confidence as he seeks long tenure
Prime Minister Abe delivers his speech at the meeting of the International Olympic Committee in Buenos Aires on Sept. 7. (Teruo Kashiyama)
Tokyo’s chances to host the 2020 Summer Olympics grew dimmer with every report released about radioactive water leaks at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.
Japan pins hopes on 2020 Tokyo Olympics to buoy economy
A cake shop in the Takashimaya Shinjuku Store in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward shows off Olympic-themed cakes on Sept. 9. (Sayuri Ide)
Japanese business leaders and the ruling coalition are banking on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to put the nation’s economy firmly on a growth track after it has shown signs of...
Abe seeks Malaysia as an ally as Japan ends first round of TPP...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, meets with his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak on July 25 in Putrajaya, near Kuala Lumpur. (Teruo Kashiyama)
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Malaysian counterpart, Najib Razak, agreed to cooperate on protecting their nation’s current agricultural tariffs on ...
Abe takes calculated approach to policies, eyes 6-year rule to...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso, right, and Justice Minister Sadakazu Tanigaki at the Cabinet meeting on July 23 (Teruo Kashiyama)
Just hours before the Liberal Democratic Party erupted in euphoria for its overwhelming election victory, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s right-hand man gave a cautious warning...
LDP executive: Abandoning nuclear energy would cause 'intolerable...
Hiroyuki Hosoda (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Terminating nuclear energy now because of the Fukushima nuclear disaster would inflict unbearable suffering on future generations in Japan, an executive of the ruling Liberal...