The Machimura faction tries to untwist the Diet

The Machimura faction, which just gained a new member to solidify its position as the LDP's largest, has delivered a proposal to Prime Minister Fukuda that calls for the drafting of new rules for Diet management in light of the divided Diet. The proposal, according to Asahi, points to a "structural deficiency in the constitution," …

Continue reading The Machimura faction tries to untwist the Diet

2007: The Year That Was In Japanese Politics

A recent article in the Yomiuri Shimbun surveying the Japanese political situation as 2007 gives way to 2008 included a sidebar that compared the present day with the bakumatsu, the last days of the Tokugawa.Looking back over the events in political Japan over 2007, that comparison does not seem inappropriate. The picture that emerges is …

Continue reading 2007: The Year That Was In Japanese Politics

All signs point to stasis

Asahi published the results of a survey conducted with Tokyo University that looks at the policy positions of victorious LDP and DPJ candidates in the House of Councillors election. (The detailed study will be published in the October issue of Ronza.)Accompanied by one of those marvelously convoluted charts that Japanese newspapers seem to revel in …

Continue reading All signs point to stasis

Yatsu points fingers, but can the LDP change?

A panel convened by the LDP under the management of party election strategist Yatsu Yoshio has issued its final report on why the party lost in July.The report suggests that there was a "gap" between the priorities of the party and the people, which was expressed not just in the party's responses to the pensions …

Continue reading Yatsu points fingers, but can the LDP change?