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Timeline for June 2016

Prime Minister Abe Shinzō postpones the consumption tax hike, Tokyo Governor Masuzoe Yōichi resigns, and campaigning begins for the House of Councillors election. Look back at the main stories of June 2016.

Money Scandal Topples Tokyo Governor Masuzoe

Tokyo Governor Masuzoe Yōichi announced his resignation on June 15, 2016, following a scandal concerning his use of political funds for private purposes. The resignation, submitted to the speaker of the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly, will become effective on June 21. The assembly, including members from the ruling coalition Liberal Democratic Party and Kōmeitō, had been expected to pass a vote …

Timeline for May 2016

US President Barack Obama visits Hiroshima, the Group of Seven summit is held in Mie Prefecture, and Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors enter a capital alliance. Look back on the major Japan news stories of May 2016.

Timeline for July 2014

The government reinterprets the Constitution, sanctions on North Korea are eased, and Typhoon Neoguri causes three deaths. Here are the key Japanese news stories for July 2014.

Timeline for February 2014

Japanese athletes experience success and disappointment in Sochi; a new governor defeats antinuclear candidates to win election in Tokyo; and record snowfall brings chaos to parts of Japan. Look back on the top Japanese news stories of February 2014.

Include Nuclear Power in Japan’s Basic Energy PlanShiraishi Takashi

Voters in Tokyo went to the polls on February 9 to elect a new governor. The victor was Masuzoe Yōichi, former minister of health, labor, and welfare, who had the full backing of the Liberal Democratic Party and of the New Kōmeitō, its coalition partner in the national government. The turnout was 46.14%. Masuzoe got 2,112,979 votes, 43.4% of the total. In distant second place was Utsunomiya Kenj…

An Uncertain Year Ahead Following the Leadership ElectionsMasuzoe Yōichi

Leadership elections for Japan’s two largest political parties took place in September 2012. While Prime Minister Noda Yoshihiko easily retained control of the governing Democratic Party of Japan, the contest was considerably more eventful for the opposition Liberal Democratic Party. The incumbent president, Tanigaki Sadakazu, withdrew from the competition, leaving a battle between five contenders…

Gearing Up for the General ElectionMasuzoe Yōichi

Setting aside their political differences, the Liberal Democratic Party, the New Kōmeitō Party, and the Democratic Party of Japan joined together to pass a bill in the Diet for a comprehensive reform of the taxation and social security systems. Leading up to this, Prime Minister Noda Yoshihiko promised LDP President Tanigaki Sadakazu(*1) that he would dissolve the Diet to hold a snap general ele…

The Stirrings of Political RealignmentMasuzoe Yōichi

The faction led by Ozawa Ichirō has quit the Democratic Party of Japan in opposition the consumption tax hike proposed by the government of Prime Minister Noda Yoshihiko. The Ozawa faction set up their own party on July 11, 2012, named the People’s Life First Party. This was followed by further defections among DPJ Diet members, pushing the party into danger of collapse. Even though Ozawa person…

Election System Produces “Policy-Free” PoliticiansMasuzoe Yōichi

The nature of an election system, needless to say, has a major impact on politics and political parties. The current system in place for elections to the House of Representatives in Japan combines single-seat constituencies and proportional representation, and has led to politics centered on two main political parties: the Democratic Party of Japan and the Liberal Democratic Party. House of Rep…

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