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Dec 11, 2012

Japan’s Abe gets second chance at loosening limits on military

TOKYO (Reuters) – A likely win by Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democrats in this weekend’s election will give the ex-Japanese premier a second chance to achieve his goal of easing the limits of a pacifist constitution on the military to let Tokyo play a bigger global security role.

Surveys released on Tuesday showed the conservative Liberal Democratic Party and its ally are headed for a big victory in Sunday’s vote for parliament’s lower house, returning them to power after a three-year gap.

Dec 11, 2012

Analysis: Japan’s Abe gets second chance at loosening limits on military

TOKYO (Reuters) – A likely win by Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democrats in this weekend’s election will give the ex-Japanese premier a second chance to achieve his goal of easing the limits of a pacifist constitution on the military to let Tokyo play a bigger global security role.

Surveys released on Tuesday showed the conservative Liberal Democratic Party and its ally are headed for a big victory in Sunday’s vote for parliament’s lower house, returning them to power after a three-year gap.

Dec 6, 2012

Japan opposition LDP set to win solid election majority: polls

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) looks on course to win a surprisingly solid majority in a December 16 parliamentary election, media polls showed on Thursday, returning to power with a hawkish former premier at the helm.

Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who heads the LDP and would likely return to the top job if the party wins, is calling for radical monetary easing by the Bank of Japan (BOJ) to beat persistent deflation and a strong yen.

Dec 3, 2012

Narrowing LDP lead points to Japan post-election confusion

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s opposition Liberal Democratic Party’s lead has shrunk in the polls ahead of a December 16 election, suggesting the conservative party and its partner may need help to make up a majority and threatening more policy confusion for the world’s third-biggest economy.

Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s LDP is expected to win the biggest number of seats in parliament’s powerful lower house, putting Abe in pole position to form the next government, most likely with long-term LDP ally, the smaller New Komeito.

Dec 2, 2012

Nationalist strains echo on Japan campaign trail

TOKYO (Reuters) – Be careful what you wish for. U.S. officials have long urged Japan to loosen limits on its military, bear more of the burden of its own defence and play a more prominent global role.

Now, Japanese politicians gearing up for a December 16 parliamentary election are promising to do just that – but with a strain of strident nationalism that could give not only Asian neighbours but also Washington cause for concern.

Dec 2, 2012

Analysis: Nationalist strains echo on Japan campaign trail

TOKYO (Reuters) – Be careful what you wish for. U.S. officials have long urged Japan to loosen limits on its military, bear more of the burden of its own defense and play a more prominent global role.

Now, Japanese politicians gearing up for a December 16 parliamentary election are promising to do just that – but with a strain of strident nationalism that could give not only Asian neighbors but also Washington cause for concern.

Nov 27, 2012

Despite 2011 disaster, pro-nuclear party could win power in Japan

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese voters look likely to hand victory to a party that favours nuclear power in the first election since the March 2011 Fukushima radiation disaster – a result a baffled Greenpeace activist likens to one of the “wonders of the world”.

But even if the main opposition Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) wins the December 16 election, it will not reflect any groundswell of popular support for nuclear power.

Nov 27, 2012

Analysis: Despite 2011 disaster, pro-nuclear party could win power in Japan

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese voters look likely to hand victory to a party that favors nuclear power in the first election since the March 2011 Fukushima radiation disaster – a result a baffled Greenpeace activist likens to one of the “wonders of the world”.

But even if the main opposition Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) wins the December 16 election, it will not reflect any groundswell of popular support for nuclear power.

Nov 19, 2012

Japan politics could fragment further on road to 2-party system

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan ruling party lawmaker Mieko Nakabayashi isn’t just worried that her Democratic Party will lose power in next month’s election; she fears a comeback by rival conservative Liberal Democrats will spell a return to the prolonged one-party rule that critics blame for many of the country’s past policy ills.

Three years after the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) ended more than half a century of nearly non-stop Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) rule, surveys suggest disappointed voters will hand the LDP the most seats in a December 16 poll for parliament’s lower house. That would put LDP leader Shinzo Abe in pole position to form the next government and regain a job he quit in 2007.

Nov 18, 2012

Analysis: Japan politics could fragment further on road to two-party system

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan ruling party lawmaker Mieko Nakabayashi isn’t just worried that her Democratic Party will lose power in next month’s election; she fears a comeback by rival conservative Liberal Democrats will spell a return to the prolonged one-party rule that critics blame for many of the country’s past policy ills.

Three years after the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) ended more than half a century of nearly non-stop Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) rule, surveys suggest disappointed voters will hand the LDP the most seats in a December 16 poll for parliament’s lower house. That would put LDP leader Shinzo Abe in pole position to form the next government and regain a job he quit in 2007.

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