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Nov 1, 2011

Vietnam reactor deal advances; Japan looks to accept caregivers

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and his Hanoi counterpart, Nguyen Tan Dung, agreed Monday to move ahead with plans to construct atomic reactors in Vietnam using Japanese technology, despite the rethink of the national energy policy amid the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Noda met with Dung ...

Nuclear fears reawaken mass anger

| Oct 12, 2011

Nuclear fears reawaken mass anger

Compared with the West, and recently the Middle East, which has been swept by civil uprisings, Japan is not commonly known for having large-scale demonstrations or violent antigovernment protests. But since March 11, when the Great East Japan Earthquake devastated the Tohoku region and ...

Sep 28, 2011

Noda, Aquino agree to counter China sea claims

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and Philippines President Benigno Aquino III agreed Tuesday in Tokyo to forge closer maritime security ties to resolve disputes with China in the South China Sea. China and the Philippines have experienced heightened tensions over the Spratly Islands, which are ...

Sep 22, 2011

SNS users to play role in Tohoku makeover

The Foreign Ministry is planning to invite prominent users of social networking sites to tour the devastated northeast as part of its efforts to rebuild Japan’s image overseas following the March disasters and nuclear crisis. Around 15 foreign bloggers and users of SNS sites ...

Japanese to swim to Taiwan to show thanks for quake aid

Sep 14, 2011

Japanese to swim to Taiwan to show thanks for quake aid

A group of Japanese will swim from Okinawa Prefecture to Taiwan in a gesture of gratitude for the island’s support in the wake of the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake, organizers of the event said Tuesday. The “Japan to Taiwan Ocean Swim Challenge ...

China, U.S. both high on strategic agenda: Genba

| Sep 6, 2011

China, U.S. both high on strategic agenda: Genba

While Japan’s alliance with the United States benefits the stability of the Asia-Pacific region, close ties with China will also be needed if Japan wants to reap the benefits of its neighbor’s booming economy, new Foreign Minister Koichiro Genba said Monday. During a group ...

| Sep 3, 2011

Foreign, defense picks disappoint analysts

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s choice of ministers for foreign diplomacy and security reflects an emphasis on fence-mending in his party rather than plans to address imminent diplomatic challenges, analysts said Friday. The appointment of Koichiro Genba as foreign minister and Yasuo Ichikawa as defense ...

Days of Ozawa's influence seen dwindling

Aug 31, 2011

Days of Ozawa's influence seen dwindling

Yoshihiko Noda’s victory against Banri Kaieda in the Democratic Party of Japan presidential runoff Monday dealt yet another blow to disgraced kingpin Ichiro Ozawa, who backed Kaieda in an apparent bid to boost his waning influence. Kaieda’s defeat and Noda’s subsequent installation as prime ...

Aug 30, 2011

Noda pro-U.S. but past remarks may haunt Asia ties

While Japan-U.S. relations will remain the cornerstone of the nation’s diplomacy under the leadership of Yoshihiko Noda, the Democratic Party of Japan’s newly elected president and the nation’s next prime minister, his past comments on war criminals could strain ties in Asia, analysts said ...

Aug 29, 2011

DPJ hopefuls make final poll pitches

The race for the Democratic Party of Japan presidency drew heated debate on the final day of campaigning Sunday as the five candidates took their best shots at convincing their peers why they should be the next prime minister. The five — former Foreign ...