Shinzo Abe, the new president of the main opposition Liberal Democratic Party, launched his party leadership on Friday, looking to win power from the Democratic Party of Japan in the next general election.
A roster of key party posts proposed by Abe was approved at an extraordinary meeting of the LDP's General Council in the afternoon. The former prime minister returned to the top party job after a closely watched LDP leadership election Wednesday.
Masahiko Komura, 70, a former foreign minister, was appointed LDP vice president. The veteran politician, currently serving his 10th term in the Diet, has long cabinet experience. He was quick to express his support for Abe in the LDP leadership race.
This Monday, members of the seminal metal band X Japan were in Odaiba rubbing shoulders with the likes of Brad Pitt, Lady Gaga and AKB48′s Yuko Oshima. The catch? They were all made out of wax. (Japan Times )
The parents of a nightclub worker killed in an arson fire three years ago filed a suit in the Nagoya District Court on Monday seeking damages against top members of the Yamaguchi-gumi organized crime group. (Tokyo Reporter )
Kyodo News said Monday that it has dismissed Satoshi Kondo, 51, deputy chief of its general administration bureau and former personnel affairs division chief, for meeting individually with a female student searching for a job and doing an inappropriate act.
(Jiji Press )