July 21, 2013 |
TOKYO — Japanese voters dealt a runaway election victory Sunday to the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, in a strong sign of approval for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ambitious plan to revive the world's third-largest economy. Sunday's vote, for seats in the upper house of parliament, gives Abe's ruling bloc control of both chambers — and it provides Abe with a mandate unmatched by any Japanese leader in nearly a decade. How Abe uses that political power will help determine the long-term health of ...
December 20, 2012 |
Proponents of the Obama administration's " pivot ," or rebalance of attention and resources, toward Asia should be heartened by the results of Japan's parliamentary election. The Liberal Democratic Party's (LDP) landslide victory in the lower house Sunday augurs well for a reinvigorated relationship between the United States and Japan. The reasons are threefold. First, the LDP is experienced in U.S.-Japan alliance management, much more so than the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ)
July 19, 2013 |
SEOUL — After cycling through seven leaders in seven years — many who squandered their support months, if not weeks, into their terms — Japan is about to break free from its most vexing political pattern. It's on the verge of stability. Polls suggest that Sunday's parliamentary election will provide an overwhelming victory to the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), giving Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a chance to become Japan's most transformative leader since...
July 21, 2013 |
JAPANESE VOTERS gave Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) control of the upper house of parliament in an election Sunday, meaning that for the first time in six years the LDP will have control of both chambers of the Diet. The question is, how will Mr. Abe make use of this opportunity. The United States has a big stake in the answer. The LDP won control of the more powerful lower house in December, giving Mr. Abe a second chance at the premiership.
September 1, 2009 |
TOKYO, Aug. 31 -- Stiff, shy and very rich, Yukio Hatoyama cuts a curious figure for an opposition leader whose party laid waste Sunday to the most formidable political machine in the history of modern Japan . Hatoyama, 62, who soon will become prime minister, has perhaps the bluest political blood in the land. But he is hardly a natural politician. He has said that when he was studying for a doctorate in engineering at Stanford University, he spent many hours wondering what it was that made him avoid human...
December 16, 2012 |
TOKYO — Japan's voters on Sunday returned power to the Liberal Democratic Party, the colossus that until 2009 ran post-World War II Japan nearly without interruption and that now reinherits the major economic problems that no leader in Tokyo has been able to fix. Based on projections after the polls closed, the parliamentary election delivered an emphatic change. Public broadcaster NHK said the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) grabbed 294 spots in the 480-seat lower house, up from the 118 it had before.