JAPAN ELECTIONS

  • Shinzo Abe's coalition secures big Japan election win with record low turnout December 14, 2014

    Tokyo: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's coalition cruised to a big election win on Sunday, ensuring he will stick to reflationary economic policies and a muscular security stance, but record low turnout pointed to broad dissatisfaction with his performance. NHK public TV said Abe's Liberal Democratic Party and junior partner the...
  • Shinzo Abe's party takes lead in polls ahead of Japan election November 24, 2014

    Tokyo: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling party showed a strong lead in opinion polls released on Monday ahead of Japan's general election next month, despite a majority of respondents giving a thumbs down to his economic blitz. Japan's lower parliamentary chamber was dissolved on Friday ahead of the election that Abe...
  • Shinzo Abe set to call snap Japan poll, delay tax hike November 18, 2014

    Tokyo: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to call a snap election, and seek voters' endorsement for more economic reforms after Japan slipped into recession. Less than two years after he swept to power pledging to reinvigorate the country's flagging economy, Abe is expected to say more needs to be done...
  • Yukio Hatoyama elected PM of Japan September 16, 2009

    Tokyo: Onetime opposition leader Yukio Hatoyama was elected Japan's Prime Minister on Wednesday by Parliament, ushering in a sea change in Japanese politics. Both chambers of the Diet selected the 62yearold selfproclaimed reformer after his Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) won a landslide victory in August 30 parliamentary elections, trouncing the...
  • No honeymoon period for Japan's next leader August 31, 2009

    Tokyo: Japan's next leader, Yukio Hatoyama, began talks on Monday on forming a government to tackle challenges such as record unemployment and a fastageing society after voters gave his party a sweeping mandate for change. Sunday's historic election win by the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) breaks a deadlock in parliament...
  • Japan ruling party set to lose power after 54 years August 30, 2009

    Tokyo: Japan's opposition party won historic elections in an apparent landslide on Sunday, media projections said, sending the conservatives to defeat after 54 years of nearly unbroken rule amid widespread economic anxiety and desire for change. The leftofcenter Democratic Party of Japan was set to win 300 or more of the...