Lower House election

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...
Survey: 49% approve Abe's economic measures
The Asahi Shimbun
Forty-nine percent of voters approved Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s emergency economic measures centered on public works projects, compared with 29 percent who disapproved, an...
POINT OF VIEW/ Kensuke Takayasu: Abe should keep eye on social...
Kensuke Takayasu (Photo by Wataru Sawamura)
Judging by the surprisingly low voter turnout on Dec. 16, it seems that the Lower House election has failed to offer voters any real options to choose from.
INTERVIEW/ Eiji Oguma: Despite poll results, anti-nuke protests...
Eiji Oguma (Photo by Toshiyuki Matsumoto)
Every Friday night over the past summer, thousands of people gathered in front of the Prime Minister's Official Residence shouting slogans and banging on drums in calling on...
Former staffers of defeated DPJ lawmakers face bleak prospects
A female instructor from a job placement agency dedicated to politicians and staff shows a former aide to a Diet member how to present a business card in a seminar held in Tokyo’s Akasaka district on Dec. 19. (Soichiro Yamamoto)
With a wife and two young children to support and a 20-year mortgage to pay, an aide to a defeated Democratic Party of Japan lawmaker is now desperately seeking to hitch his...
ASAHI POLL: Voters mixed on Abe, LDP victory
The Asahi Shimbun
Although voters returned the Liberal Democratic Party to power in the Dec. 16 Lower House election, a large portion of respondents to a poll who welcomed the result also...
94-year-old election candidate stood to oppose swerve to right
Ryokichi Kawashima, 94, puts up his campaign poster for the Dec. 16 Lower House election in Hanyu, Saitama Prefecture, on Dec. 11. (Yumiko Baba)
A former infantryman who witnessed the horrors of World War II stood in the Dec. 16 Lower House election to defend Japan's pacifist Constitution.
INTERVIEW/ Takashi Mikuriya: Abe will have to act quickly on...
Takashi Mikuriya (Photo by Akira Kudochi)
Following the Liberal Democratic Party's landslide victory in the Lower House election on Dec. 16, incoming Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may succeed in passing his proposal to...
Lawyers want election results annulled over vote-value disparities
Lawyers hold a news conference on Dec. 17 in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward arguing that the Dec. 16 Lower House election should be annulled due to vote-value disparities. (Mari Endo)
A lawyers' group filed 27 suits on Dec. 17 with high courts and their branches in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka and 10 other cities demanding the Dec. 16 Lower House election...
UPDATE: Abe's LDP dominates election; Noda resigns after DPJ...
Liberal Democratic Party leader Shinzo Abe celebrates a victory by an LDP candidate along with Shigeru Ishiba, the party secretary-general, on Dec. 16 at LDP headquarters. (Tetsuji Asano)
The Liberal Democratic Party surged to power in the Dec. 16 Lower House election, gaining enough strength to help it ram through its policies in the Diet while leaving the...
Abe set to transform energy, foreign and monetary policies
LDP President Shinzo Abe at party headquarters Dec. 16, as party officials celebrate victory (Toshiyuki Hayashi)
Japan is expected to reverse course to scrap nuclear power, and take a stronger stand in international disputes under a government led by Shinzo Abe, whose Liberal Democratic...