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Ex-DP Leader Renhō to Join CDPJ (News)

Tokyo, Dec. 26 (Jiji Press)—Former Democratic Party leader Renhō applied Tuesday for membership in the major opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan after submitting a resignation letter to the DP the same day. At a press conference after making the membership request to CDPJ leader Edano Yukio, Renhō said she decided to join the new party because its policies are clear. "The DP …

Abe Cabinet’s Approval Rate Rises to 45.4%: Jiji Poll (News)

Tokyo, Nov. 17 (Jiji Press)—Public support for the cabinet of Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō rose 8.3 percentage points from October to 45.4% this month, outpacing its disapproval rate, which dropped 4.7 points to 37.1%, for the first time in two months, according to a Jiji Press opinion poll. The results, released on Friday, appear to reflect the public's positive response to the ruling Li…

Abe’s Election Ploy Pays OffOnoe Kimitoshi

The October 22 snap election for the House of Representatives was short on substance, but Prime Minister Abe Shinzō’s bid to catch the opposition off-balance paid off spectacularly, as an old challenger fractured and a new one fizzled. Veteran journalist Onoe Kimitoshi examines the political calculations and missteps behind the latest Liberal Democratic Party landslide and the challenges that lie ahead for the government.

Edano’s CDPJ Wins over Unaffiliated Voters in Japan General Election (News)

Tokyo, Oct. 23 (Jiji Press)—The Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan was the top pick for unaffiliated voters in proportional representation blocs in Sunday's House of Representatives election, Jiji Press exit polls showed. The CDPJ, a center-left party set up by former Chief Cabinet Secretary Edano Yukio and like-minded liberal defectors from the splintering Democratic Party just before th…

Turnout Put at 2nd-Lowest in Japan Lower House Election (News)

Tokyo, Oct. 23 (Jiji Press)—Voter turnout for single-seat constituencies in Sunday's election for the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of parliament, is projected at around 53.69%, the second-lowest in the post-World War II period, a Jiji Press estimate showed Monday. The figure is higher than the post war low of 52.66% marked in the previous Lower House election in 2014. The low …

Abe’s Ruling Bloc Scores Landslide Victory in Lower House (News)

Tokyo, Oct. 23 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō's Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner, Kōmeitō, scored a landslide victory in the crucial general election on Sunday, helping Abe to consolidate his grip on power nearly five years after returning to the nation's top office. In the closely watched election, the LDP and Kōmeitō won 313 seats in the House of Representat…

Abe’s Ruling Coalition Poised to Win Over 300 Seats (News)

Tokyo, Oct. 15 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō's ruling coalition is poised to win over 300 of the 465 seats in the House of Representatives in the October 22 general election, Jiji Press forecasts showed. Abe's Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner, Kōmeitō, may get as many as 310 lower house seats together, or two-thirds of the total, the level needed to propose c…

30% Planning to Vote for LDP in October 22 Election: Jiji Poll (News)

Tokyo, Oct. 13 (Jiji Press)—A Jiji Press survey found Friday that 30.7% of voters are planning to vote for Prime Minister Abe Shinzō's Liberal Democratic Party in the proportional representation blocs of the October 22 House of Representatives election. Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko's Party of Hope came second with support from 11.8%, according to the survey, conducted nationwide for four days th…

Credible Opposition to Japan’s Conservatives Beyond HopeKen Victor Leonard Hijino

Japanese politics is roiling on the surface again, with old parties splintering and new parties emerging at a breathless pace ahead of the 2017 snap general election. But it is doubtful if all of this turmoil will make any substantial difference for the dominance of the conservatives.

Dissolving the House of Representatives: A Powerful Political Tool

The Japanese constitution gives the prime minister the authority to dissolve the House of Representatives, the more powerful of Japan’s two Diet chambers. It is among the premier’s greatest political powers, seen as a means of bringing pivotal agenda issues to a public vote.

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