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  • Japanese royals pay respects to King Bhumibol

    JAPAN, 2017/03/06 Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Sunday paid their respects to the memory of King Bhumibol Adulyadej during the last leg of a week-long trip that as well took them to Vietnam. Next wrapping up their trip to Vietnam, the emperor and empress flew to Thailand, where the royal family has traditionally maintained close relations with the Japanese imperial family.
  • Security and the meaning of Japan’s constitution

    JAPAN, 2016/11/24 A fundamental revision of Japan’s pacifist constitution has become possible for the initial time since it was promulgated in 1947. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe presently has the opportunity to pursue his long-held desire for constitutional revision next the coalition led by the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) won the 2016 upper home election. Alongside its junior coalition partner Komeito and two conservative micro parties, Initiatives from Japan and The Party for Japanese Kokoro, the LDP presently holds a two-thirds majority in both houses of the Diet.
  • What the Osaka elections mean for national politics in Japan

    JAPAN, 2015/12/03 It is rather exceptional in Japan that both the governor of a prefecture and the mayor of a city within that prefecture represent a regional political party.The results of the November 2015 ‘double election’ for the Osaka Prefectural governor and Osaka City mayor are in. The regional Osaka Ishin no Kai candidates won both positions with huge margins, defeating their rivals — including those supported by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and other national political parties. Incumbent governor Ichiro Matsui returned to his four-year term as governor and newcomer and former parliamentarian Hirofumi Yoshimura won the mayoral election. Yoshimura restored the founder of the Osaka Ishin no Kai, Toru Hashimoto, who before as well served as governor of Osaka prefecture. Hashimoto is by no means a conventional Japanese politician. Japanese politicians normally come from a political family, start their political career as a secretary to an established politician or enter politics next retiring as a high-ranking bureaucrat endorsed by a major political party.