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Gov’t to implement security laws after Upper House election

(Tokyo Shimbun: January 4, 2016 – p. 3)    By Daisuke Yokoyama    The Abe administration has decided to put off tasking the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) with new missions that will become possible after the security laws go into force by the end of March or submitting proposals to expand cooperation with the U.S. for Diet approval until after the….Read more

  • 2016-01-04 15:00:00
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247 candidates plan to run in Upper House election

(Nikkei: January 1, 2016 – p. 2)    The number of candidates expected to run in this summer’s House of Councillors election, including single-seat electorates and proportional representation blocs, totaled 247 as of Dec. 31, 2015, according to a poll conducted by Nikkei. This figure represents an increase of about 80 from a poll conducted at the same time for….Read more

  • 2016-01-04 15:00:00
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Abe seeking to hold dual elections

(Facta: January 2016 – p. 84-87)    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s decision to convene the Diet on January 4 simply means that he has declared the House of Representatives will be dissolved on June 1 and the Diet will go into dual elections on July 10.    Why does he want to hold the Lower House race at the same….Read more

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Poll on Upper House elections: 54% “hope” ruling and opposition parties win equal share

(Tokyo Shimbun: January 3, 2016 – p. 2)    Nihon Yoron Chosakai [a nationwide public opinion polling organization made up of Kyodo News and a total of 38 media outlets from among its subscribers including the Tokyo Shimbun] conducted a face-to-face public opinion survey across the nation on Dec. 5–6, 2015, to probe public attitudes on this summer’s Upper House….Read more

  • 2016-01-04 15:00:00
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LDP chief eyes enacting TPP-related bills before Upper House election next summer

(Nikkei: December 23, 2015 – p. 4)    Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Secretary General Sadakazu Tanigaki commented on Diet deliberations on the TPP-related bills at a news conference on Dec. 22. He said: “These bills should be processed without fail before the House of Councillors election next summer.”    While delaying Diet’s ratification of the TPP agreement is conceivable in….Read more

  • 2015-12-28 15:00:00
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Five civic groups to form alliance against security laws in Upper House election

(Tokyo Shimbun: December 21, 2015 – p. 1)    Five civic groups opposing the security-related bills held a press conference on Dec. 20 in Tokyo to announce the formation of the “civic alliance calling for the abolishment of the security laws and recovery of constitutionalism,” which will support candidates running in the House of Councillors election next summer.    The….Read more

  • 2015-12-21 15:00:00
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Gov’t, Okinawa governor clash in Ginowan mayoral election

(Mainichi: December 20, 2015 – p. 3)    By Kota Takamoto, Junya Higuchi, Keiichi Sato    The government and Okinawa are engaged in fierce “preliminary skirmishes” in the run-up to the mayoral election in Ginowan City, which hosts the Futenma Air Station. The official campaign period for this election starts on Jan. 17 and voting is taking place on Jan.….Read more

  • 2015-12-21 15:00:00
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New SDF security duty to be delayed to after next Upper House election

(Nikkei: December 20, 2015 – p. 2)    The government has decided to put off tasking the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) to engage in operations to rush to the rescue of UN officials and other foreign troops under attack until after the House of Councillors election next summer even after the security laws take effect next March. Coordination has also started….Read more

  • 2015-12-21 15:00:00
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Abe speaks on China, ROK ties, election, TPP, WWII statement, more

(Sankei: December 15, 2015 – p. 5)    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gave a speech in Tokyo on Dec. 14 where he commented on the first Japan-China-ROK summit held in three years and six months and his first summit meeting with ROK President Park Geun-hye., “It is precisely when there are pending issues that dialogue between leaders is important,” he….Read more

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Komeito’s election cooperation follows its settlement over lower sales tax rate with LDP

(Mainichi: December 15, 2015 – p. 5)    The Komeito Party decided on Dec. 14 to endorse incumbent Ginowan Mayor Atsushi Sakima as a candidate backed by its prefectural chapter in the mayoral race for the Okinawa city hosting the U.S. Marine Corps Futenma airfield. The decision was made on the heels of a settlement reached on a lower tax….Read more

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