Yoshihiko Noda

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.

Thursday, 29 August, 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

Outgoing Yoshihiko Noda a victim of events beyond his control

An election poster of Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda (right) is pasted on a Tokyo wall, next to that of a parliamentary candidate. Photo: AP

It is difficult not to feel a degree of sympathy for Yoshihiko Noda, who will be unceremoniously removed as Japan's prime minister in Sunday's general election, if the opinion polls are to be believed.

12 Dec 2012 - 2:20am

Who said it?

Leung Chun-ying

There is a big eruption of discontent … towards our chief executive because he is a cheat

Campaigner Jackie Hung Ling-yu on a protest march against Leung Chun-ying


I have no other life, and the truth is, it is a very sad, very grim life that I wouldn't wish on anyone

12 Dec 2012 - 2:41am

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.

11 Dec 2012 - 11:35am

Japan on alert as window opens for North Korean rocket launch

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda (far right) inspects a missile unit in Tokyo on Friday, ahead of North Korea's rocket launch window. Photo: Xinhua

Japan said on Monday it was on full alert over North Korea’s planned rocket launch as a 13-day lift-off window opened, despite moves from Pyongyang that could delay the move.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Despite flaws, democracy is here to stay

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, who is also leader of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), announces DPJ campaign pledges at the party's headquarters. Photo: AFP

Japan's post-war democracy has often been termed phoney, a charge arising from the long-maintained single-party rule by the Liberal Democratic Party.

4 Dec 2012 - 1:59am

Business Digest, December 1, 2012

UnionPay spreads its overseas expansion.

Euro-zone joblessness hits record 11.7pc

1 Dec 2012 - 3:07am

Japan suspends dubious reconstruction projects

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda (left) and Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura. Photo: EPA

Japan’s government has suspended 35 projects included in a budget for reconstruction from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami after criticism the spending was not directly related to recovery from the disasters.

28 Nov 2012 - 5:04pm

Hostages freed from Japan bank after police find captor sleeping

Japanese police raid the Zoshi branch of the Toyokawa Shinkin Bank to rescue hostages after a 12-hour standoff. Photo: AFP

Japanese police rescued four hostages from a bank yesterday and arrested the knife-wielding man who had held them captive for more than 12 hours while demanding the prime minister resign, officials said.

24 Nov 2012 - 3:11am

South Korea warns of Japan’s shift to the right

South Korea and Japan are disputing ownership of the islets called Dokdo in Korean and Takeshima in Japan. Photo: AP

South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-Hwan warned on Thursday of signs of a rightward shift in Japanese politics, including an increasingly aggressive stance on territorial issues.

Kim’s remarks followed last week’s decision by Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda to dissolve parliament and call a general election next month.

22 Nov 2012 - 3:24pm

Japanese media calls for stronger government to handle China, South Korea rows

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda called a snap election for December 16, but surveys indicate his his Democratic Party of Japan will be defeated. Photo: AFP

Japan needs a strong government to handle rows with China and South Korea as the world is losing patience with the county’s revolving door politics, a major daily said on Sunday.

19 Nov 2012 - 4:07pm

Asean summit unlikely to seal code of conduct with China

Cambodian paramilitary officers stand guard at Phnom Penh International Airport as the country hosts the 21st Asean summit.Photo: EPA

This week's gathering of regional leaders in Cambodia won't witness a breakdown in talks between foreign ministers over the South China Sea, as happened at their last meeting in July, but nor is it likely to see agreement on the issue.

18 Nov 2012 - 2:31am

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