Politics of Japan

Japan LDP and partner on track for big election win

Shinzo Abe, leader of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), during a campaign for the Lower House election in Sendai, northern Japan. Photo: EPA

Hawkish former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s opposition Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its smaller ally are on track for a resounding victory in Sunday’s election, winning more than 300 seats in parliament’s 480-member lower house, media surveys showed on Tuesday.

Tuesday, 11 December, 2012, 11:35am

Japan candidates hit streets in first vote since Fukushima disaster

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda delivers a campaign speech for the House of Representatives election in Fukushima prefecture on Tuesday. Photo: AFP

Candidates in Japan hit the streets on Tuesday at the start of a campaign for a parliamentary election that is expected to return the opposition Liberal Democrats to power.

4 Dec 2012 - 3:14pm

Japan's new Restoration Party seeks more defence spending

Former Tokyo Governor and Japan Restoration Party leader Shintaro Ishihara (left) delivers a speech, while Osaka Mayor and Japan Restoration Party co-leader Toru Hashimoto (right) looks on. Photo: AFP

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

Japan opposition party looks at permanent force for Diaoyu Islands

Shinzo Abe

Japan's main opposition Liberal Democratic Party said it would look at establishing a permanent presence on the uninhabited Tokyo-controlled Diaoyu Islands - known as the Senkakus in Japan - which are also claimed by China.

The LDP also promised a review of the self-imposed ban on defending allies, offering the possibility of Japanese troops returning fire if US forces were attacked.

22 Nov 2012 - 3:56am

Ex-Japanese PM Yukio Hatoyama to quit politics

Former Japanese prime minister Yukio Hatoyama

Former Japanese prime minister Yukio Hatoyama said yesterday he would retire from politics at next month's election and leave the party he founded and led to an historic election victory in 2009.

Hatoyama, whose wild-eyed expression contributed to Japan's press dubbing him "The Alien", met Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda to discuss his plans.

22 Nov 2012 - 3:56am

Japan's Noda, Abe gear up for election battle next month

Yoshihiko Noda bows as he takes his seat in Japan's lower house chamber yesterday. Photo: EPA

Japanese politicians yesterday drew their battle lines ahead of a December 16 election that is likely to return the long-dominant Liberal Democratic Party to power under a conservative former premier, raising concerns about the future of Tokyo's already chilly ties with Beijing.

17 Nov 2012 - 2:37am

Unpopular Noda ready to trigger election by January

Yoshihiko Noda raises his hand to answer a question at a Diet budget committee session yesterday. Photo: AFP

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda is expected to dissolve Japan's parliament as early as Friday, with an election possibly next month, in a move likely to unseat him from power.

Noda will call an election for as early as December 16 or as late as January 20, according to major news media, including the Nikkei business daily and the liberal-leaning Asahi newspaper.

14 Nov 2012 - 3:19am

Ex-DPJ chief Ichiro Ozawa acquitted in political funding scandal

Ichiro Ozawa

Japan's one-time political kingmaker Ichiro Ozawa has been cleared of misreporting political funds, ending a drawn-out legal battle for one of the country's most colourful politicians.

13 Nov 2012 - 2:38am

Briefs, November 9, 2012

Japanese parties in deal to fix 'fiscal cliff'

9 Nov 2012 - 3:20am

Political squabbles condemning Japan

A Japanese pedestrian reads a breaking edition newspaper announcing the resignation of Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara in Tokyo. Photo: EPA

It's hard these days to have much faith in Japan as the Rising Sun, a global economic power and Asia's industrial and technological powerhouse, as the country's political, bureaucratic and economic leaders squabble in a headlong rush to turn the country into an over-indebted third-world country.

3 Nov 2012 - 2:54am

Japanese PM in no rush to go to the polls

Japanese prime minister Yoshihiko Noda is in no hurry to call for elections. Photo: AP

Japan's prime minister, Yoshihiko Noda, made clear yesterday he was in no rush to go to the polls, speaking of the risk of a "political vacuum" in a speech likely to anger an opposition that has urged him to keep a promise to call an election soon.

30 Oct 2012 - 3:16am

Japanese minister Keishu Tanaka refuses to quit over yakuza claims

The justice minister, 74, was appointed this month. Photo: EPA

Japan's justice minister, appointed just 18 days ago, has admitted himself to hospital and appears set to resign after admitting that he played a ceremonial role in a yakuza wedding decades ago.

Both Kyodo News and public broadcaster NHK reported yesterday that Keishu Tanaka was going to quit.

20 Oct 2012 - 3:56am

Japanese PM plans huge stimulus package

Japan's Economy Minister Seiji Maehara. Photo: EPA

Japan's prime minister has instructed his ministers to plan for an economic stimulus reportedly worth up to ¥1 trillion (HK$98.3 billion) as an election hovers into view.

18 Oct 2012 - 3:31am

Minister with taste for tact ... and vinegar

Unlike several high-profile Japanese politicians, Satoshi Morimoto is not looking to pick a fight with China.

But the country's new defence minister, the first who is not even a serving member of parliament, should not be underestimated.

10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

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