December 8, 1994 |
Fissures within a new opposition party that might give Japan a two-party system rose to the surface Wednesday when talks to choose a leader by consensus collapsed. Instead, three candidates--former Prime Ministers Toshiki Kaifu and Tsutomu Hata, and Takashi Yonezawa, chairman of the middle-of-the-road Democratic Socialist Party--filed to run for leadership of the New Frontier Party in a vote that will be held today.
August 3, 1993
Japan's lower house of Parliament is to convene in special session Thursday to name a successor to outgoing Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa, whose long-ruling Liberal Democratic Party failed to win a majority in July 18 elections. Anti-corruption campaigner Morihiro Hosokawa, head of the center-right Japan New Party, is widely expected to become the first non-LDP prime minister for 38 years. He has the backing of an eight-party majority coalition.
July 24, 1993 |
Six of seven opposition parties that could form a coalition in Japan for the first time since 1948 reached apparent agreement Friday on political reform that would be the base of a non-Liberal Democrat government. Leaders of two key parties announced that they would demand acceptance of a new reform plan as the price of their support in a coalition.
June 23, 1993 |
Foreign Minister Kabun Muto came up with a new idea to help the beleaguered Liberal Democratic Party retain its 38-year grasp on government in Japan--but it wasn't a very diplomatic one.
July 18, 1993 |
With the ruling Liberal Democratic Party facing defeat in the powerful lower house of Parliament for the first time in 38 years, Japan's voters went to the polls today to choose between stability and change. In his final appeal to the voters Saturday, Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa insisted that Japan would be thrown into chaos by any coalition "dragged around by the Socialists."
July 17, 1993 |
Voters Sunday will have an opportunity like none before to carry out change in Japan in the most important election since World War II. An unprecedented political setting has emerged. By all political readings, a historical upset will occur. The new factors include: * Rebel conservative politicians have bolted the Liberal Democratic Party, slashing its holdings to 29 seats below a majority in the powerful lower house of Parliament, which elects the prime minister.