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Powerful Japanese Lawmaker Forms Rival Political Party

AP | MARI YAMAGUCHI | Posted 07.11.2012 | World

TOKYO -- A powerful lawmaker who broke away from Japan's ruling party launched a new political group on Wednesday in a challenge to Prime Minister Yos...

Japan's Party Upheaval and Massive Public Dissent

Karel van Wolferen | Posted 09.04.2012 | World
Karel van Wolferen

An interesting new question asked by Japanese journalists who contact me these days is how large a visible public protest will be necessary to tip a political balance in other countries.

Mass Resignations Deal Harsh Blow To Japan's PM

AP | MARI YAMAGUCHI | Posted 09.01.2012 | World

TOKYO — A powerful politician and dozens of his followers quit Japan's ruling party on Monday and are likely to form their own rival bloc, deali...

The Significance of Ozawa's Acquittal

Karel van Wolferen | Posted 06.27.2012 | World
Karel van Wolferen

Political reporting from Japan, most of it based on how the status quo addicted mainstream Japanese newspapers interpret things, must be seen for what it is: a huge journalistic scandal.

Political Power Broker On Trial In Japan

AP | Posted 12.05.2011 | World

TOKYO — The behind-the-scenes power broker for Japan's ruling party has gone on trial in a political funding scandal related to a murky 2004 lan...

Top 5 Sports Stories

Len Berman | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Len Berman

Seattle's Ichiro becomes the first player to ever record 10 consecutive 200 hit seasons. Can you say Hall of Fame?

Top Japanese Lawmaker: Americans Are 'Simple-Minded'

AP | MARI YAMAGUCHI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TOKYO — A key figure in Japan's ruling party dubbed Americans "simple-minded" in a speech to fellow lawmakers Wednesday. It was not clear what ...

Will Okinawa's Voice Be Heard in Washington?

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Steve Clemons

Many Japanese feel throttled by their American ally and feel that they have less and less choice in the security relationship -- constrained both by regional realities and an overlord that doesn't understand their problems.

The 'Ozawa Girls': Politics Meets Porn In Japan

GlobalPost | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

NAGOYA, Japan -- When Kayoko Isogai got the call from high-ranking officials at the Democratic Party of Japan asking her to stand for a seat in the na...

Hatoyama's Hard Road for 2010

Devin Stewart | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Devin Stewart

Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama has paved an unnecessarily difficult path for himself and his Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) for 2010 as a crucial upper house election approaches this July.

Ichiro Ozawa: Japan Opposition Leader To Resign

Financial Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Japanese political heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa is to resign as president of the leading opposition Democratic party after failing to quell criticism spar...

Takanori Okubo Indicted In Political Donations Scandal

AP | MARI YAMAGUCHI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TOKYO — Prosecutors charged a top aide to Japan's opposition leader Tuesday in connection with a political donations scandal, but the lawmaker s...

In Japan, Your Blood Type Says It All

AP | By MARI YAMAGUCHI | Posted 02.04.2013 | World

TOKYO -- In Japan, "What's your type?" is much more than small talk; it can be a paramount question in everything from matchmaking to getting a job. ...