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Young voters shying away from LDP

Young voters appear to be distancing themselves from the ruling party, according to data from exit polls jointly conducted by The Yomiuri Shimbun and Nippon TV networks in lower and upper house elections over the past 10 years.   Among people aged 18-29 who voted in this year’s House of Councillors election, 32% voted for the Liberal Democratic Party, compared….Read more

  • August 16, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 4:15 p.m.
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Editorial: Kishida should express message of peace in his own words

On Aug. 15, the first commemoration of the end of World War II since Prime Minister Fumio Kishida took office, two members of his Cabinet visited Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo.   Sanae Takaichi, minister in charge of economic security, and Kenya Akiba, reconstruction minister, paid their respects at the Shinto shrine. Two days earlier, Yasutoshi Nishimura, minister of economy, trade….Read more

  • August 16, 2022
  • , The Asahi Shimbun
  • English Press

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Editorial: Redesign renewable energy policy from scratch 

The introduction of renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power is at a crossroads. Under the current feed-in tariff (FiT) system that began in 2012, solar power generation has increased substantially, which has recently prompted electric power companies to suspend their contracts for the purchase of solar power.    Concerns about power shortages have yet to be resolved….Read more

  • October 27, 2014
  • , Nikkei , p.2
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Discussions on space industry inadequate in basic space policy review .

By Shogo Matsuda    The review of the Basic Plan on Space Policy governing space development and use has reached a critical stage. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered in September the drafting of a new plan to replace the plan adopted in January 2013. Work on this is picking up momentum with the aim of releasing a draft in early….Read more

  • October 28, 2014
  • , Nikkei , p.16
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Motegi presents Sakima with endorsement letter

On Aug. 16, Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Motegi Toshimitsu visited Naha City and presented former Ginowan Mayor Sakima Atsushi with a endorsement letter for the Okinawa gubernatorial election (campaign period to start on Aug. 25; election to be held on Sept. 11). Incumbent Tamaki Denny and former Lower House member Shimoji Mikio have also announced their candidacy.

  • August 17, 2022
  • , Yomiuri , p. 4
  • JMH Translation

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Cheap Canadian LNG to be exported to Japan 

A plan to export Canadian liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Japan may begin within this year. Canadian LNG is comparatively cheap, which may help Japan reduce procurement costs. This move follows on the heels of a plan to begin exporting American LNG to Japan in two years. Benefits of “the shale gas revolution” ongoing in North America are about to….Read more

  • October 28, 2014
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p.7
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Political fund problems involving cabinet ministers 

  • October 29, 2014
  • , Yomiuri
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Views calling for Diet dissolution within year emerging in LDP 

Views calling for an early dissolution of the House of Representatives for a snap election are emerging in the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). Even after the resignation of two female cabinet ministers, the Abe administration has enjoyed high public support rates of around 50% in opinion polls conducted by major press companies. Under the circumstances, some LDP members are calling….Read more

  • October 29, 2014
  • , Yomiuri
  • JMH Summary

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Editorial: Eradication of discrimination and disparity is crucial to women’s empowerment 

The first step toward changing the workplace for women has been taken as women have filed complaints calling for the elimination of discrimination and disparity against them. On Oct. 21, a female assistant manager in the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare filed a lawsuit seeking an apology and compensation from the government for denying her promotion. On October 23,….Read more

  • September 28, 2014
  • , Akahata
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Tokyo rally to protest discrimination, hate speech 

By Chiaki Ueda    Citizens who have been protesting hate speech against Korean residents in Japan will hold a march in Shinjuku, Tokyo on Nov. 2 titled “Tokyo No Hate 2014” to call for the eradication of discrimination. Although hate speech is no longer as rampant as it used to be, it still happens in various locations nationwide.    Toshiki….Read more

  • October 29, 2014
  • , Tokyo Shimbun
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