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Tokyo Governor

Tokyo Governor Koike Upstages the Opposition SNA (Tokyo) — Additional signs are emerging that Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike is not only besting the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, but that she is becoming so dominant in the capital city so as to nearly eliminate the political

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

Conspiracy Bill

The Return of the Conspiracy Bill SNA (Tokyo) — According to a leak from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has decided to introduce a new version of the Conspiracy Bill to the ordinary Diet session now scheduled to open on January

Democratic Party

Renho Signals Eagerness to Betray Current Political Allies SNA (Tokyo) — In her New Year’s press conference held in Ise city, Mie Prefecture, Democratic Party leader Renho announced her desire to form a political alliance with the popular, rightwing governor of Tokyo, Yuriko Koike, while

My Number System

My Number System Expected to Become More Pervasive in 2017 SNA (Tokyo) — Since its official launch a year ago, the unpopular My Number system has been making only halting progress in becoming part of Japan residents’ daily lives. The 12-digit identification number was initially

North Korea Relations

Kim Jong-Un Wishes You a New Year of Terror SNA (Tokyo) — North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, as he has done for five consecutive years, held a televised address on New Year’s Day. This time, however, he made a claim that hit the global headlines: