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Monthly Archives: January 2017

Political Parties

Public Subsidies for National Political Parties SNA (Tokyo) — The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications has published the amounts of public subsidies that will be received in 2017 by the national political parties. These amounts derive from calculations based on the recent electoral performance

Democratic Party

Democratic Party Again Rejects Coalition Proposal SNA (Tokyo) — The renewed suggestion by Japan Communist Party Chair Kazuo Shii that four-party cooperation in elections logically entails discussion of a possible four-party coalition government was quickly batted down by both Democratic Party leader Renho as well

South Korea Relations

Tokyo-Seoul Relations Turn Ugly SNA (Tokyo) — The announcement by the Abe administration on January 5 that it would be withdrawing its ambassador from Seoul in order to protest a new Comfort Women memorial statue erected in front of the Japanese consulate in Pusan was

Nuclear Energy

SNA (Tokyo) — The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) may have breathed a sigh of relief when its fierce critic, Niigata Governor Hirohiko Izumida, abruptly announced last August that he would withdraw his bid for a fourth term in office. Governor Izumida had for several