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Elections in Japan

Liberal Democratic Party win in Japan elections may help rebuild China ties

The belief in Japan is that the Liberal Democratic Party will wrest power back from the ruling Democratic Party of Japan next month - a prospect Beijing is probably quite happy with.

Sunday, 18 November, 2012, 4:44am

Noda likely to call November poll

Embattled Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda is likely to call a snap election for November, ruling and opposition party members said yesterday, despite the likelihood that his party will suffer a drubbing.

24 Aug 2012 - 3:16am

Fading chance

When the Democratic Party of Japan came to power in 2009, ending the decades-long monopoly of the Liberal Democratic Party, there was a general expectation that the new ruling party would revitalise the nation with fresh ideas and policies. Unfortunately, that has not been the case.

21 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Japan needs a genuine two-party system now

Japan has changed course. Voters have turned overwhelmingly to the Democratic Party of Japan to give hope and bring change. Their decision came amid global economic turmoil and record unemployment. But prime minister-in-waiting Yukio Hatoyama has an equally important challenge: to help Japanese gain the political accountability and choice they have for so long been denied.

1 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Opportunity lost for change in Japan

Japan's troubles point squarely towards the need for change. Its economy is facing recession, its social services are faltering, ties with neighbours China and South Korea could be far better and there are divisions within the ruling Liberal Democratic Party preventing it from governing effectively.

23 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

The last rites

Japan calls itself a parliamentary democracy but, under the dominant rule of the Liberal Democratic Party for 99 per cent of the past 53 years, it has been mostly the former and a smidgen of the latter. That is about to change.

5 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

The man who would be PM

Rarely has the old cliche about a week being a long time in politics been more appropriate. In the space of seven days, the Democratic Party of Japan's president has gone from being a near certainty for prime minister after the next general election to the subject of speculation over whether a man who has a habit of causing his political parties to implode is fit for top office.

10 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Abe must respond to new political reality

After more than half a century of stagnation, Japan's democratic evolution has taken a step forward with the opposition decisively winning elections for the upper house of parliament.

31 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Opposition between a rock and a hard place

After a crushing defeat in last September's general election, fractious debate on its future direction and an embarrassing fiasco over a faked e-mail that has cost the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) president his job, the country's largest opposition party knows it cannot afford to make another mistake tomorrow.

6 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Women on top

The parliamentary election in Japan was full of thrilling drama. Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi set it in motion by unexpectedly dissolving the Diet. Then he sent 'assassin' candidates to defeat party rebels who opposed him, and handpicked dozens of new candidates, including many young people and women, shattering the stereotype of traditional Japanese politicians.

17 Sep 2005 - 12:00am