Abe’s gamble pays off as ruling bloc heads for two-thirds majority in Lower House

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition was all but certain of a resounding victory in Sunday’s general election, as early projections showed that it was likely to secure a two-thirds majority in the Lower House, raising Abe’s chances of achieving a historic third term and his longtime ambition of revising the pacifist Constitution. Early projections

Top opposition forces see contrasting fates after poll

Two opposition parties launched less than one month ago to challenge Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party met contrasting fates in Sunday’s general election. Yukio Edano’s Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDP) appeared on track to become the nation’s largest opposition party, exit polls showed, while Kibo no To (Party of Hope), led

Nadeshiko Japan beats Switzerland in friendly

NAGANO – Substitutes Emi Nakajima and Mina Tanaka were on target to give former women’s world champion Japan a 2-0 win at home to Switzerland in an international friendly on Sunday. Nakajima broke the deadlock midway through the second half in torrential rain at Nagano U Stadium before Tanaka rounded off the win with virtually

Taxpayer-funded drugs ‘too expensive for patients’

Image copyright iStock Taxpayer-funded medical research is producing medicines which are increasingly unaffordable for patients who need them, says a new report. Campaigners claim that the NHS spent more than £1bn on drugs developed from publically funded research in 2016. A government spokesperson said it wanted the UK to be a global leader in research

Spain urges Catalonia secessionists to obey Madrid

BARCELONA (Reuters) – The Spanish government has urged Catalonians to accept direct control from Madrid and ignore instructions from the restive region’s secessionist leadership once it has been removed from power. Sunday’s message came a day after Madrid resolved to take the unprecedented constitutional step of firing the Catalonia government, a last resort to thwart

Abe’s gamble pays off as ruling bloc poised to secure two-third majority of Lower House

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition was poised for a resounding victory in Sunday’s general election, as early projections showed that it was likely to secure a two-thirds majority in the Lower House, raising his chances of achieving a historic third term and his longtime ambition of revising the pacifist Constitution. Early projections based on

LDP heading for landslide victory

The projections suggest it will maintain well over a majority on its own in the Lower House, as it has for the past 5 years. Together with its coalition partner Komeito it may retain two-thirds of the house. The projected results would mean it’s unlikely that Abe’s leadership would be seriously challenged. He is expected

Strong typhoon drenching parts of Japan

The Meteorological Agency says Typhoon Lan was situated south of Japan and moving north-northeast at a speed of 45 kilometers per hour as of 7 PM, local time, on Sunday. Lan has a central atmospheric pressure of 945 hectopascals and winds of up to 162 kph near its center. The typhoon is expected to accelerate