TOKYO - The House of Councillors
postponed voting Friday on whether to approve the government nomination of Keio University professor Kazuhito Ikeo to the Bank of Japan's Policy Board, leaving the central bank's interest rate-setting body with a couple of vacancies for a while longer.
Hidehisa Otsuji, chairman of the governing Liberal Democratic Party's caucus in the House of Councillors
, was among the lawmakers, but no Cabinet ministers visited the shrine.
Abe's Liberal Democratic Party and its smaller partner, the New Komeito party, are almost certain to end years of opposition control of the House of Councillors
by winning over 70 of the 121 seats up for grabs, according to exit polls by Kyodo News.
TOKYO - Economic and fiscal policy minister Heizo Takenaka pledged Monday to continue to push ahead with structural reforms following his victory in Sunday's House of Councillors
The other members are Kinuko Ofuchi of House of Councillors
and Yuriko Takeyama and Yuiko Matsumoto, members of the lower house.
NAGOYA - Kuniko Tanioka, head of the opposition Green Wind party, said Monday she will step down as leader and retire from politics after losing her parliamentary seat in Sunday's House of Councillors
TOKYO - Stocks opened higher Monday on the Tokyo Stock Exchange despite the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's setback in Sunday's House of Councillors
election, as the market had expected such a result, brokers said.
Murakami, a fourth-term House of Councillors
member, assumed the top faction post in December.
The following is the number of seats held by political groups in the House of Representatives, the lower house of the Diet, and the House of Councillors
, the upper chamber, as of Wednesday, when a special parliamentary session following the Dec.
A former figure skater and pro wrestler began stumping for seats in the House of Councillors
on Thursday on the opposition Liberal League ticket, assembling in Tokyo's Asakusa district as official campaigning for the July 29 poll got under way.
The following is the number of seats held by political parties in the House of Representatives, the lower house of the Diet, and the House of Councillors
, the upper chamber, as of Monday, following Japan's general election the previous day.
It is the principle for authorities to resist sudden movements that are caused by unpredictable circumstances,'' Miyazawa told the House of Councillors
Financial Affairs Committee.