Lower House election

Opposition parties seek unity, find disarray, ahead of election...
Kenji Eda, co-leader of the Japan Innovation Party, left, and Banri Kaieda, head of the Democratic Party of Japan (Photos by Satoru Semba and Shogo Koshida)
Opposition parties are trying--but struggling--to form a united front for the Lower House election campaign to focus voter attention away from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s...
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 ...
EDITORIAL: Voters can judge Abe’s stance toward Constitution,...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at a news conference on Nov. 21 after he dissolved the Lower House. (Shogo Koshida)
Prime Minister Shizo Abe on Nov. 21 dissolved the Lower House for a snap election on Dec. 14, with the official campaign period starting on Dec. 2.
VOX POPULI: Snap election a costly exercise in futility if real...
Voters listen to a prospective candidate in next month's Lower House election in Osaka on Nov. 21. (Tetsuro Takehana)
Dry leaves swirling in the wintry winds form a familiar urban backdrop when year-end Jumbo Takarakuji lottery tickets go on sale nationwide. This year, the tickets went on sale ...
Lower House dissolved for Dec. 14 snap election; campaigning opens ...
Lower House members throw their arms in the air at a plenary session on Nov. 21, in a longtime practice when the chamber is dissolved. (Shogo Koshida)
The Lower House was dissolved on Nov. 21 for a snap election, with the postponement of the consumption tax hike and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s "Abenomics" economic policy at ...
ASAHI POLL: Cabinet support rate falls below nonsupport rate after ...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announces his decision to postpone the consumption tax rate hike and dissolve the Lower House on Nov. 18. (Shogo Koshida)
Forty percent of voters do not support the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after he decided to dissolve the Lower House for a snap election, an Asahi Shimbun survey showed,...
EDITORIAL: Abe calls election after breaking promise on electoral...
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda in November 2012. Noda proposed dissolving the Lower House to call a general election if Shinzo Abe, then president of the opposition Liberal Democratic Party, agreed to a “painful” reduction in the number of Diet seats.  (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
In the Nov. 18 news conference to announce his decision to dissolve the Lower House for a snap election, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe repeatedly said he will “ask for a fresh...
VOX POPULI: Voters need to pierce the fog and take a clear look at ...
People in Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, watch the Nov. 18 televised news conference by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who announced his decision to dissolve the Lower House for a snap election. (Yusuke Miyata)
“Denka no hoto” translates literally as “treasured heirloom sword.” But not every such sword is a priceless masterpiece.
Lawyers file suit to stop December Lower House poll over...
Lawyers who are demanding that lawmakers correct vote-value disparities in national elections hold a news conference on Nov. 17 in Tokyo. (Satoru Semba)
A group of lawyers filed a lawsuit with the Tokyo District Court on Nov. 18 demanding that December's planned Lower House election be suspended because of existing vote-value...
Abe to delay consumption tax hike, dissolve Lower House on Nov. 21 ...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announces the postponement of the consumption tax hike and dissolution of the Lower House at a news conference at the prime minister’s office in Tokyo on Nov. 18. (Shogo Koshida)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Nov. 18 he will dissolve the Lower House on Nov. 21 to seek a voter mandate for his economic policies, including his decision to delay the...
Supreme Court: Lower House election held in 'state of...
Representatives of a lawyers group speak to reporters after the Supreme Court ruling on Nov. 20. (Yusaku Kanagawa)
The Supreme Court on Nov. 20 ruled that the Lower House election in December last year was held in “a state of unconstitutionality,” but it stopped short of invalidating...
Chief justice: Supreme Court to expedite rulings on vote value...
Supreme Court Chief Justice Hironobu Takesaki talks to reporters at a news conference held in Tokyo on April 26. (Soichiro Yamamoto)
The Supreme Court will make maximum efforts to expedite decisions on the vote value disparity between the most populous and least populous constituencies in the Dec. 16 Lower...
POINT OF VIEW/ Genichiro Takahashi: Trying to conquer Japan's...
Genichiro Takahashi (Photo by Hiroki Nishida)
I was watching a frankly dull documentary on YouTube when my vision suddenly blurred. God forbid, my eyes were tearing up!
Focus shifts to Supreme Court verdict on lawsuits about value of a ...
Lawyers for the plaintiffs celebrate the March 25 verdict in the Hiroshima High Court which ruled as invalid the results in two districts for December's Lower House election. (Tetsushi Yamamura)
The landmark rulings on March 25 and 26 that the results of the Dec. 16 Lower House election in some constituencies were invalid do not affect lawmakers for the time being. But ...
Another court rules Lower House vote 'invalid'
Shintaro Kagawa, a lawyer who filed suit over the constitutionality of the 2012 Lower House election, discusses the ruling by the Hiroshima High Court's Okayama branch on May 26 in Okayama. (Takuya Isayama)
OKAYAMA--For the second time in as many days, a high court has ruled that last year’s Lower House election results were invalid due to the unconstitutional disparity in the...
Universal Entertainment paid Hirotaka Ishihara's wife 18 million...
Hirotaka Ishihara (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A leading pachinko slot machine manufacturer paid at least 18 million yen ($187,520) to a business run by Diet member Hirotaka Ishihara's wife in hopes of securing political...
Dodgy details surface in election campaign of Ishihara’s son
The Asahi Shimbun
In a possible violation of election laws, employees of a scandal-ridden casino developer assisted in the Lower House campaign of a son of former Tokyo Governor Shintaro...
EDITORIAL: Court ruling on vote value disparity underscores...
Plaintiffs seeking to have the outcome of the Dec. 16 Lower House election nullified enter the Tokyo High Court on March 6 to hear its ruling. (Ryo Kato)
The Tokyo High Court’s March 6 ruling on the imbalance in the value of a vote in the December Lower House election was extremely orthodox in our view.
LDP boots anti-nuke advocates from environment panel
Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan's ruling party, while hardly a champion of environmental issues, is apparently rather touchy about any criticism of its policies in that area.
Poll: Lower House members, voters far apart over key defense issues
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledges to upgrade the status of Self-Defense Forces to that of a “national defense force” by amending the Constitution. (Collage by The Asahi Shimbun)
There is a wide gap between Lower House lawmakers elected in December and voters on the Constitution and the right to collective self-defense, according to a new survey...