Posts Tagged ‘ Shinzo Abe ’

Has the Prime Minister betrayed the Japanese people?

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11/22/2014
Has the Prime Minister betrayed the Japanese people?

Yukio Edano, the Secretary-general of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) asked this question at a press conference TOKYO (majirox news): The Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) arranged three conditions with the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), Shinzo Abe, before calling the election that swept the LDP to into power. These specific...
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Japan: The Mystery of the (Almost) Invisible Suicide

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06/30/2014
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Japanese media mysteriously go mum over dramatic incident TOKYO (majirox news) — On a Sunday afternoon, in the middle of Tokyo’s crowded Shinjuku district, a man sits on top of a bridge, pours a flammable liquid over himself and sets fire to it. He explains using a megaphone that he is doing this to...
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Thousands sign petition against Japan’s Secrecy Bill

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11/28/2013
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TOKYO (majirox news) — The Secrecy Bill introduced by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appears likely to be enacted, despite the opposition of nearly 4 out of 5 Japanese (77%). It has passed the lower house of the Japanese Diet (parliament), and with the help of the Japan Restoration Party (JRP) and Your Party, it...
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Update: Secrecy bill passes Japan’s lower house

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11/26/2013
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UPDATE Despite popular opposition, with thousands of Japanese taking to the streets, the bill was passed in the lower house as expected on November 26. It is expected to clear the upper house before December 6 and then become law. Some observers see parallels to a similar law enacted in 1925, at the start...
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Constitutional change could mean danger for Japan

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06/26/2013
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Opinion Japan’s Constitution is protection against arbitrary changes to the nature of society. Will it stay that way? TOKYO (majiroxnews) — The Japanese Constitution is an anomaly. Rather than being an expression of the will of the Japanese people or a ruling clique, it was the creation of a group of Americans working for...
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Abe wants to change Japan’s constitution

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12/22/2012
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A change of government in Japan could lead to a change in the country’s pacifist constitution, which was written by the American occupation authorities following the Second World War, and has basically remained unchanged since then. However, there are internal obstacles to be overcome should the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, Shinzo Abe,...
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LDP landslide is not support for the party

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12/17/2012
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OP/ED The raw figures, even crudely analyzed, do not necessarily point to a right-wing shift in Japan TOKYO (majirox news) – “Why,” many non-Japanese are wondering, “has the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) returned to power in such a dramatic way?” The answer does not lie in the party’s popularity. Some commentators noted the support...
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Party leaders clash over Japan’s economic and nuclear future

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12/01/2012
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A debate was held at the Japan National Press Club between the leaders of the different parties contesting next month’s parliamentary election. The main focus was on the leaders of the two major parties, the ruling Democratic Party of Japan and the opposition Liberal Democratic Party, but nine other smaller parties and groupings made...
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Japan Prime Minister dissolves parliament, calls for elections

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Japan’s Prime Minister, Yoshihiko Noda, has called a general election on December 16, slightly more than a year after taking office. This is part of a bargain made by Noda with the main opposition parties in exchange for support in passing legislation, including a deficit financing bill and electoral reforms, that Noda deems necessary...
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LDP candidates talk tough on China, economy

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09/16/2012
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Japan’s politics take on a new twist later this month. The once-invincible Liberal Democratic Party of Japan, LDP, now the largest opposition party, will meet to choose a new leader. The winner could end up as the next Prime Minister of Japan in the next few months, which makes for an interesting race. TOKYO...
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