Lower House election

Weak opposition played heavily into LDP's hands, voters say in...
Banri Kaieda announces his resignation as head of the Democratic Party of Japan at the party's headquarters in Tokyo on Dec. 15. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A lack of a viable opposition was the major factor behind the Liberal Democratic Party's decisive victory in the Dec. 14 Lower House election, according to three in four voters ...
EDITORIAL: Dismal voter turnout endangers representative democracy
Voters cast their ballots for the Lower House election in Saga on Dec. 14. (The Asahi Shimbun)
“Cool and detached” seemed to summarize the general attitude of voters throughout the Dec. 14 Lower House election campaign.
Lawyers upbeat after seeking to invalidate election results over...
Lawyers prepare to file a lawsuit demanding the results of the Dec. 14 Lower House election be annulled at the Tokyo High Court on Dec. 15. (Tatsuya Shimada)
Lawyers across Japan filed lawsuits to nullify the results of the Dec. 14 Lower House election on grounds a disparity in the value of votes made the poll unconstitutional.
Abe, Keidanren agree to seek salary increases to further push...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe makes a request for salary increases during a meeting with representatives of business and labor on Dec. 16. (Shogo Koshida)
Fresh off his election victory, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and representatives of the business world signed an agreement Dec. 16 to make efforts to raise salaries next year.
POLL: 84% of newly elected lawmakers favor constitutional revision
Opponents of amending the Constitution call for voters to cast their ballots in the Dec. 14 Lower House election in Tokyo on Dec. 8. (Keiichiro Inoue)
More than 80 percent of the newly elected Lower House members support amending the pacifist Constitution, according to a recent Asahi Shimbun poll.
VOX POPULI: Low voter turnout reflects lack of alternatives
A voter casts his ballot in Osaka’s Miyakojima Ward during the Lower House election on Dec. 14. The election’s voter turnout rate was 52.66 percent, a postwar record low. (The Asahi Shimbun)
In the early 1960s, urban neighborhoods in Japan still had plenty of vacant lots and open fields where children could play. Novelist Mari Akasaka makes an interesting...
INSIGHT: With landslide victory, Abe to push for constitutional...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shakes hands with Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Sadakazu Tanigaki at the party headquarters in Tokyo on Dec. 14. (Shinichi Iizuka)
While the ruling coalition primarily sought a mandate on “Abenomics” economic policies during campaigning, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe now plans to push for other issues,...
POINT OF VIEW/ Satoshi Kamata: Abe reveals true intentions after...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe heads to a meeting of executives of his Liberal Democratic Party on Dec. 15, one day after the LDP scored a decisive victory in the Lower House election. (Shinichi Iizuka)
A disturbingly low 52.66 percent of eligible voters turned out in the Dec. 14 Lower House election, the worst figure in the postwar period. It means that only about one in two...
Chinese, S. Korean newspapers warn LDP's victory could adversely...
Chinese newspapers on Dec. 15 carry stories detailing the Liberal Democratic Party’s landslide victory in the Dec. 14 Lower House election. (Nanae Kurashige)
Major newspapers in China and South Korea expressed concern a day after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party won a landslide victory in the Dec. 14...
UPDATE: Abe's ruling coalition captures two-thirds majority in...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gives an interview to the media as his Liberal Democratic Party heads for victory in the Dec. 14 Lower House election. (Shinichi Iizuka)
The ruling coalition led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe captured a two-thirds majority in the Dec. 14 Lower House election, giving his administration the power to push...
2014 CHOICE: LDP suffers crushing defeat in Okinawa, a blow to...
Seiken Akamine of the Japanese Communist Party, center, celebrates victory with a traditional Okinawan dance in Naha on Dec. 14. (Haruki Morishita)
Opposition candidates won in all of Okinawa's four single-seat constituencies in the Dec. 14 Lower House election, a sign of growing frustration among voters over the planned...
2014 CHOICE: Communist Party makes headway with surprising 21-seat ...
Japanese Communist Party Chairman Kazuo Shii places a flower over his name at the party’s headquarters in Tokyo on Dec. 14. (Naoko Kawamura)
While the Dec. 14 Lower House election dealt a major blow to most opposition forces, the Japanese Communist Party enjoyed significant gains, more than doubling its pre-election ...
DPJ leader Kaieda to step down after being ousted from Lower House
Banri Kaieda, head of the opposition Democratic Party of Japan, has little to smile about as he responds to reporters' questions on Dec. 14. (Satoru Semba)
Opposition leader Banri Kaieda went down to defeat in the Dec. 14 Lower House election, even though his Democratic Party of Japan added 11 seats to its pre-election strength.
EDITORIAL: With win, Abe's 'only way' should now turn to repairing ...
A veteran lathe worker at a factory in Tokyo’s Ota Ward is one of a large number of people across the nation who says Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic policies have yet to benefit a small business like his. (Noriyuki Shigemasa)
For Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the victory must have arrived just as he expected, nay more than he anticipated.
VOX POPULI: Abe win not a mandate, should not ignore opponent's...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe checks out an e-mail from his wife, Akie, while results of the Lower House election keep coming in at his Liberal Democratic Party’s headquarters in Tokyo’s Nagatacho on Dec. 14. (Shinichi Iizuka)
The winners in the Dec. 14 Lower House election, namely Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the ruling parties, chuckled to themselves about their overwhelming victory over...
UPDATE: Ruling coalition captures more than 300 seats in Lower...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe celebrates with LDP Secretary-General Sadakazu Tanigaki and other party executives as they receive reports of LDP victories in the Dec. 14 Lower House election. (Teruo Kashiyama)
The ruling coalition led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe secured more than 300 seats in the Dec. 14 Lower House election, according to partial returns and exit polls.
2014 CHOICE: Ruling coalition could maintain two-thirds majority...
The Asahi Shimbun
The ruling coalition led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe could maintain its two-thirds majority in the Lower House in the Dec. 14 election, exit polls showed.
EDITORIAL: Futenma issue should figure in voters' minds when going ...
New Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga speaks at his inaugural news conference in Naha on Dec. 10. (Koichi Ueda)
Takeshi Onaga, who won a landslide victory in last month’s Okinawa gubernatorial election, took office on Dec. 10. Onaga campaigned on a platform that opposed the central...
2014 CHOICE: Ruling, main opposition camp stay cool toward nuclear ...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gives a speech in Satsuma-Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, on Dec. 11. (Ryo Ikeda)
Although the public is strongly divided over the Abe administration's pro-nuclear stance, the main opposition camp along with the ruling party are avoiding turning it into a...
Statement tells ruling party to butt out of TV broadcast...
NHK Broadcasting Center in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Journalists and media researchers issued a statement Dec. 11 calling on the ruling party to stop trying to control content on TV programs.