LDP charter change will return Japan to pre-war authoritarianism, critics warn

Shinzo Abe casts shadow on portrait after attending meeting at LDP headquarters in Tokyo. Photo: Reuters

Some of the proposed changes to the constitution, introduced shortly after Imperial Japan was defeated in the second world war, are such an about-face that they indicate a desire to return to a time of authoritarian rulers and negligible internal dissent, critics of the plan say.

Friday, 22 February, 2013, 2:34am

Japan anti-nuclear vote melts away

About 3,000 people hold an anti-nuclear rally in Tokyo this month. Photo: AFP

Eight million people signed an internet petition demanding an end to nuclear power and hundreds of thousands joined public protests. Yet Japan handed an election landslide to the most pro-atomic option on offer.

11 Jun 2015 - 3:56pm

Japan's next leader Abe makes Obama-Bush gaffe after call

Japan’s incoming prime minister Shinzo Abe meets with business leaders in Tokyo on Tuesday. Photo: AFP

Japan’s presumptive premier Shinzo Abe got his US leaders mixed up on Tuesday, when he told business chiefs he had been speaking to “President Bush” after a phone call from Barack Obama.

The gaffe came in one of Abe’s first speaking engagements since his landslide victory in weekend polls that saw his Liberal Democratic Party returned to power.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Markets cheer Japan conservatives’ return to power

Shinzo Abe, the hawkish head of the Liberal Democratic Party, vowed to put Japan’s moribund economy back on track after years of deflation. Photo: Xinhua

Investors on Monday cheered after Japan’s conservatives swept back to power in national elections, with promises of a fix for the economy and tougher diplomacy in a territorial spat with China.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Japan votes in poll likely to eject ruling party

Voters fill out ballots at a polling station at a polling station in Tokyo on Sunday. Photo: Bloomberg

Voters in Japan went to the polls on Sunday in an election likely to return conservatives to power at a time of growing tension with China and as the nation seeks to arrest economic decline.

16 Dec 2012 - 4:45pm

Japanese voters set to restore LDP to power

At the outset of campaigning many thought a political "third force" could swing the election, but polls suggest the Liberal Democratic Party will dominate, with the incumbent DPJ the second-biggest force in the Diet. Photo: EPA

It appears a foregone conclusion that the Liberal Democratic Party will sweep back into power with ease in today's general election.

16 Dec 2012 - 4:42am