3 hrs ago
The Japan Times
Eda gambit viable, just for subsidy?
Cresting criticism of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over his use of strong-arm tactics to pass the contentious state secrets bill gives ex-Your Party Secretary-General Kenji Eda the momentum to build a new opposition party by year's end.
9 hrs ago
Delay in Pacific trade pact hurts US shift to Asia
The failure to finalize a landmark trans-Pacific trade pact this year as planned has dealt a blow to President Barack Obama's policy shift to Asia.
10 hrs ago
The Irrawaddy Newsmagazine
Japan's Defense Plans Focus on China and Islands Dispute
Japan will set up a new amphibious military unit and deploy unarmed surveillance drones in its southwest, where it faces a row with China over disputed islands, according to drafts of the nation's latest defense plans seen on Wednesday.
Tue Dec 10, 2013
Asia News Network
TOKYO: Abe in a new avatar
Seldom does anyone get a second shot at becoming prime minister, especially after failing miserably the first time.
Green Left Weekly
TPP's corporate power grab clearer, but opposition building
The usual boilerplate announcements that "significant progress" was achieved in the just-concluded round of Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations cannot hide that public opposition is growing.
Abe Cabinet approval rating drops to 55% December 10, 2013 The...
The approval rating of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet fell nine percentage points to 55 percent, the lowest since its launch in December in 2012, according to a nationwide opinion poll recently conducted by The Yomiuri Shimbun.
The Japan Times
Eda stirs opposition shake-up
Man of the hour: Former Your Party Secretary-General Kenji Eda speaks at the launch of a policy study group as Goshi Hosono of the Democratic Party of Japan and Yorihisa Matsuno of Nippon Ishin no Kai look on.
Mon Dec 09, 2013
The China Post
Japan PM Abe's ratings slide after state secrets act
Support for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe slid in opinion polls after his ruling coalition steamrolled through parliament a tough secrecy act that critics fear could muzzle media and allow officials to hide misdeeds.
Sun Dec 08, 2013
Naples Daily News
GOP starts a tough struggle to win back Asian American voters
Not long ago, the Republican National Committee did something out of the ordinary: The party issued a formal statement marking Diwali, an important Hindu holiday.
Japanese Fukushima disaster and civil liberties news update
"TOKYO, Dec. 5 - A special Diet committee on Thursday approved a controversial state secrecy bill , with the ruling Liberal Democratic Party coalition coming one step closer to having the bill enacted in the Upper House on Friday.
Sat Dec 07, 2013
The Japan Times
Ozawa top fund raiser in 2012
Ichiro Ozawa, leader of the minor opposition force Seikatsu no To , raised more political funds than any other Diet member in 2012, reclaiming the top spot for the first time in two years, official data showed Saturday.
Fri Dec 06, 2013
Japan parliament approves contentious secrets law
Japan's opposition Democratic Party of Japan lawmakers leave the upper house in their protest against a state secrets law before voting at Parliament in Tokyo Friday night, Dec. 6, 2013.
Thu Dec 05, 2013
Japanese Reactionaries Accused of Moving to Distort History Textbooks
The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan recently decided to reset the standard of screening textbooks of social subjects for primary, middle and high schools.
West Elsdon vet recalls squadron duty
Edward Bencik remembers all so well his active duty in World War II. However, not much has been written or spoken about the Second Emergency Rescue Squadron, the Army Air Corps unit he was a member of.
Passing the TPP: Not so fast
A rebellion is breaking out in the Democratic Party, but it's not like the 1960s when the party was torn apart over the Vietnam War and civil rights for blacks.
Japan's upper house panel passes controversial secrecy bill, eyeing final vote Friday
A special Diet committee on Thursday approved a controversial state secrecy bill, with the ruling Liberal Democratic Party coalition coming one step closer to having the bill enacted in the Upper House on Friday.
Tue Dec 03, 2013
The New Zealand Herald
Living with diasaster: Jolt that shook Japan and the world
Japan was changed forever by the devastating triple tragedy that unfolded on March 11, 2011, bringing an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis.
The Japan Times
Fast-tracked secrecy bill riles opposition
The ruling coalition on Tuesday evening forced through a vote to hold a public hearing on the highly decried state secrets bill Wednesday afternoon without giving opposition lawmakers a chance to speak at the Upper House special committee on national security.
Biden: China's air zone unacceptable
US Vice President Joe Biden has told Japanese lawmakers that the US and Japan will work closely in dealing with China's newly declared air defense identification zone in the East China Sea.
Mon Dec 02, 2013
WSJV-TV South Bend
St. Joseph County Democratic Party delays decision on Vote Centers
The party says there's simply not enough time to properly change the system, then inform voters of where they'd vote before the May 6th Primaries.