Japan’s Supreme Court ruled the election that propelled Prime Minister Shinzo Abe back to power last year was unconstitutional due to the excessive weight of votes cast in rural areas, news agency Kyodo reported.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s victory in a ruling party leadership race brings him closer to a decision on whether to call elections as he confronts a slowing economy and a territorial spat with China.
The bureaucracy that oversaw Japan’s postwar economic boom and a two-decade stagnation faces the biggest threat to its power since the U.S. occupation as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seeks to seize control of ministries’ most senior appointments.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s winning of the first bicameral majority for the ruling coalition in six years sets up an internal government battle as he seeks to revamp economic to defense policies.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s drive to revise Japan’s pacifist constitution for the first time risks alienating voters who support his economic agenda and dividing his coalition government before July elections.
Radiation spreading from Japan’s crippled Fukushima plant threatens to derail Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s efforts to revive nuclear power and deliver the lower energy prices needed to power his economic reforms.