Councilors snub bill on vote gap fix
Japan Times -- Jun 22
In an act of protest, the opposition-controlled House of Councilors on Friday refused to vote on a bill to rectify the unconstitutional vote-value disparity in the House of Representatives and sent it back to the lower chamber.

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and junior coalition partner New Komeito, which hold a two-thirds majority in the Lower House, pledged to pass the bill again as early as Monday.

Five days before the end of the Diet session, the standoff between the ruling and opposition camps appeared to be devolving into another round of withering "power game" politics.

Although the ruling camp had pushed to put the bill to a vote Friday, the Upper House Steering Committee, controlled by the opposition, declined to vote, claiming there wasn't enough time for deliberation.

国会は、衆議院小選挙区の「0増5減」にともなう区割り法案の扱いをめぐって、与野党­の溝が埋まらず、21日の参議院本会議での採決が見送られた。
Feb 15
Record high temperatures for February were set in parts of central and western Japan on Sunday as warm air from the south moved in over the Japanese archipelago, pushing up temperatures and stoking strong winds across the country. (Japan Times)
Feb 15
Elbowing each other in the stampede to buy Valentine's Day chocolate for the men in their lives, Japanese women brought stores to a standstill on Saturday. (thehindu.com)
Feb 14
Strong wind gusts have grounded over 65 domestic flights in Japan, national media reported on Sunday. (sputniknews.com)
Feb 14
Shopping patterns of Chinese visitors to Japan, known for "explosive buying," or "bakugai" in Japanese, showed signs of change during this year's Chinese Lunar New Year holidays that ended on Saturday. (Jiji Press)
Feb 13
A newly-built, huge, eco-friendly vehicle transportation ship has been shown to media. (NHK)
Feb 15
The Japanese "boy" band KAT-TUN said Saturday they will cease group activities May 1, allowing the three members to focus on their solo careers for the time being. (Japan Today)
Feb 15
The Sagemon Girls are here to introduce their wonderful, little-known city to you. (Japan Today)
Feb 13
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Feb 13
The Kobe District Court on Friday sentenced the daughter-in-law of a woman, who is believed to have masterminded a series of murders in the western Japan city of Amagasaki, to 23 years in prison. (Japan Today)
Feb 13
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Feb 12
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Feb 12
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Feb 12
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Feb 12
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Feb 12
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