Rumours have constantly swirled around the life of Toru Hashimoto, the colourful mayor of Osaka and the founder of the nationalist Nippon Ishin no Kai, or the Japan Restoration Party (JRP).Sunday, 2 June, 2013, 7:36am
Nationalist former Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara, whose bid to buy the islands at the centre of the dispute with Beijing sparked months of tensions, secured a parliamentary seat as leader of Japan's third-largest party.
His rabble-rousing Japan Restoration Party won between 46 and 61 seats, NHK said, giving him weight enough to shout from the parliamentary sidelines.17 Dec 2012 - 5:57am
A new Japanese party that hopes to become a force to contend with the December general election called for more defence spending on Thursday to protect national interests.29 Nov 2012 - 5:11pm
Outspoken leaders from Japan’s two biggest cities formed a national political party on Saturday, seeking to become “a third force” to lure undecided voters and challenge the country’s two biggest parties.17 Nov 2012 - 8:49pm