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Former Kansai Electric Power executive reveals 18 years of secret...
Chimori Naito, a former vice president at Kansai Electric Power Co. (Tetsuro Takehana)
A former top official at Kansai Electric Power Co. has come forward to reveal a nearly 20-year history of doling out "top secret" huge donations to Japanese prime ministers,...
Second nominee for South Korea prime minister withdraws
Moon Chang-keuk (Provided by The Dong-A Ilbo)
SEOUL--The second nominee for South Korea's prime minister withdrew his name on June 24 over controversial comments he made about the country's troubled past with Japan in the...
South Korea's prime minister nominee withdraws
Newly-nominated South Korean Prime Minister Ahn Dai-hee leaves after a news conference about his resignation at the Government Complex in Seoul on May 28. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--South Korea's prime minster-nominee withdrew from consideration on May 28 following growing public criticism over his alleged ethical lapses.
Hosokawa weighs run for Tokyo governor
Former Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Morihiro Hosokawa is thinking of coming out of retirement to make a run for the post of governor of Tokyo. The election is set for Feb. 9.
INTERVIEW: Wife of prime minister tells Facebook strategy
Akie Abe, the wife of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, laughs during an interview at the prime minister's office in Tokyo on May 17. (Teruo Kashiyama)
Akie Abe, the wife of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, talks about how and why she uses Facebook and, in addition, her husband’s Facebook posts.
Abe returns as prime minister in special Diet session
Shinzo Abe at the Diet on Dec. 26 (Hiroyuki Yamamoto)
Shinzo Abe was chosen prime minister in a special Diet session on Dec. 26, marking his return to Japan’s top post on a conservative agenda and promises to jump-start the...
EDITORIAL: Dangerous mix of fiscal and monetary policies must be...
Incoming Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said the defining theme for his administration, to be inaugurated this week, will be pulling the Japanese economy out of deflation.
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...
ANALYSIS: Despite landslide win, Abe not assured of smooth sailing
Gridlock is expected to continue in the Diet as the Liberal Democratic Party and New Komeito do not currently control a majority of seats in the Upper House. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Despite the landslide victory on Dec. 16 by his Liberal Democratic Party, Shinzo Abe has not been given a blank check to govern in his second chance as prime minister due to...
LDP victory puts Abe in driver's seat to pick up where he left off
Shinzo Abe responds to questions on Dec. 16 as election results showed his Liberal Democratic Party was headed for a landslide victory. (Toshiyuki Hayashi)
The decisive victory in the Dec. 16 Lower House election for the Liberal Democratic Party places its leader, Shinzo Abe, 58, on the road back to becoming prime minister, five...
Noda to visit Beijing from Dec. 25
Yoshihiko Noda (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
At Beijing's request, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has rescheduled his visit to China for later in the month, sources said.
Non-support rate for Cabinet exceeds support rate
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, foreground center, poses for a camera along with his Cabinet members in his official residence in Tokyo on Sept. 2 when the Cabinet was launched. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The non-support rate for Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's Cabinet exceeded the support rate for the first time, as voters remain unsure what the administration wants to do, an...
Noda visits photo exhibition of abductee Yokota
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda bows his head at a photo exhibition of Megumi Yokota in the No. 2 Lower House members' building in Tokyo on Dec. 7. Seen in the background is Yokota's mother Sakie, left, and her father Shigeru. (Satoru Semba)
Yoshihiko Noda on Dec. 7 became the first incumbent prime minister to visit a photo exhibition of abductee Megumi Yokota that has been touring Japan and overseas since 2005.
As opposition rises, Noda orders tax-hike blueprint
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, center, attends a meeting of the government and the ruling party on reforming the social security systems on Dec. 5. (Satoru Semba)
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Dec. 5 ordered a blueprint for raising the consumption tax--but softened his tone on a deadline--as lawmakers started working behind the scenes ...
VOX POPULI: Papandreou pulls the plug
Greece's entry into the eurozone was approved by a summit of European Union leaders 11 years ago. A report in the vernacular Asahi Shimbun said this: "With Greece now a...
Startup of decontamination work draws a prime minister
Workers wash an outer wall and windows of a private house in the Onami district in Fukushima city on Oct. 18. (Jun Ueda)
FUKUSHIMA--Normally, workers washing down a home in the city's Onami district wouldn't attract much interest, but on Oct. 18, the event even drew Japan's prime minister to...
Commentary/ Can Noda overcome the challenges as Obuchi did?
Can he score on issues such as dealing with the United States, New Komeito, or implementing a consumption tax hike? (Illustration by I Kaku)
Many political pundits point out similarities between Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and the late former Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi.
VOX POPULI, VOX DEI: Japanese politicians should grow up
The politician Hayato Ikeda's (1899-1965) behavior and attitude changed after becoming prime minister. Before entering office, he was reputed to be bureaucratic and arrogant....
EDITORIAL: It is now up to Prime Minister Noda to act
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda delivered his policy speech before the Diet on Sept. 13. Overall, the inaugural address by the third Democratic Party of Japan prime minister was...
Political parody souvenirs change with the prime ministers
Souvenir distributor Mitsuo Takahashi holds up sweets themed around new Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, front, and his predecessor, Naoto Kan. (Louis Templado)
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda raised some eyebrows when he compared himself to a slimy, slithery, bottom-dwelling fish.