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Yoshihiko Noda

Markets cheer Japan conservatives’ return to power

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 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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

Euro-zone joblessness hits record 11.7pc

1 Dec 2012 - 3:07am

Japan suspends dubious reconstruction projects

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 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 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 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

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

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