The victory of a Liberal Democratic Party candidate over one from the Democratic Party of Japan's junior coalition partner in a by-election Sunday is likely to reinforce the view within the ruling party that any dissolution of the lower house for a general election should be delayed as long as possible.
Kazuaki Miyaji, a former senior vice health, labor and welfare minister, prevailed over Takeshi Noma, a first-time national candidate from People's New Party, in the by-election for the House of Representatives seat for Kagoshima Constituency No. 3. The race, contested by four candidates, was widely seen as a precursor to the next lower house election.
The election, held to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Tadahiro Matsushita, former state minister for postal reform and financial services, may also grant the LDP and New Komeito, which also supported Miyaji, a mandate to steer the extraordinary Diet session that convened Monday.
China's television regulator has ordered a crackdown on dramas about the country's battles with Japan during and before World War Two and demanded they be more serious, state media said on Friday, following viewer complaints about ludicrous storylines. (Reuters )
Shukan Post (May 24) conveys the difficulties experienced by other parts of the adult-entertainment biz in servicing customers from the communist nation.
A deri heru (“delivery health”) call-girl tells the tabloid that she is often requested to arrive at major hotels in the Shinjuku and Ikebukuro entertainment areas of Tokyo by Chinese visitors. (Tokyo Reporter)
Police on Friday said that a real estate company employee was stabbed by an unknown assailant in the lobby of an office building near JR Akihabara station. The man is currently in a serious condition in hospital. (Japan Today )