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Dec 15, 2012

Japan’s LDP leads as candidates make last appeals for votes

TOKYO, Dec 15 (Reuters) – Japanese candidates made final
appeals on Saturday ahead of an election expected to restore the
conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to power and give
hawkish former premier Shinzo Abe a second shot at running the
world’s third biggest economy.

An LDP win on Sunday would usher in a government committed
to a firm stance in a territorial row with China, a pro-nuclear
energy policy despite last year’s Fukushima disaster and a
radical prescription for hyper-easy monetary policy and big
fiscal spending to beat deflation and tame a strong yen.

Dec 14, 2012

Shinzo Abe: comeback kid with conservative agenda

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Shinzo Abe may be thoroughly modern when it comes to pitching his policies on a widely followed Facebook page, but his conservative agenda for shedding the shackles of post-war pacifism is one that he learned at his grandfather’s knee.

The dapper, soft-spoken Abe first took office in 2006 as Japan’s youngest prime minister since World War Two. But he quit suddenly after a year plagued by scandals in his cabinet, public outrage at lost pension records and his Liberal Democratic Party’s big defeat in an election for parliament’s upper house.

Dec 14, 2012

Japan’s Shinzo Abe: comeback kid with conservative agenda

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Shinzo Abe may be thoroughly modern when it comes to pitching his policies on a widely followed Facebook page, but his conservative agenda for shedding the shackles of post-war pacifism is one that he learned at his grandfather’s knee.

The dapper, soft-spoken Abe first took office in 2006 as Japan’s youngest prime minister since World War Two. But he quit suddenly after a year plagued by scandals in his cabinet, public outrage at lost pension records and his Liberal Democratic Party’s big defeat in an election for parliament’s upper house.

Dec 14, 2012

Japan’s LDP set for big win in Sunday election: polls

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is on track for a stunning victory in Sunday’s election, returning to power with hawkish former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the helm, and possibly ending Japan’s political gridlock.

Opinion polls by the Asahi, Yomiuri and Nikkei newspapers on Friday forecast that the LDP was headed for a hefty majority in the powerful, 480-seat lower house of parliament.

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.

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