Mar 15, 2011

Reactor fuel rods fully exposed

The radioactive fuel rods at the No. 2 reactor of the Fukushima No. 1 power station were fully exposed at one point Monday, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said, raising the possibility that it suffered a partial core meltdown. The utility operating the Fukushima plant ...

Mar 13, 2011

Rather than hoof it, stranded rush to buy bicycles

Bicycles sold like hotcakes at supermarkets and bike shops after Friday’s megaquake shut down train services in the Tokyo metropolitan area, attracting local residents — and people from farther afield — who wanted to cycle home instead of facing the prospect of walking for ...

Kan pledges full rescue response

Mar 12, 2011

Kan pledges full rescue response

Prime Minister Naoto Kan said the government is doing its utmost to ensure the public’s safety and minimize the damage, including dispatching the Self-Defense Forces for rescue operations, following the massive earthquake and tsunami that hit the Tohoku region Friday. “I ask the people ...

Mar 11, 2011

DPJ veteran signed petition to drop Takeshima claim

A senior Democratic Party of Japan member close to Prime Minister Naoto Kan signed a declaration last month that Tokyo should immediately give up its claim to sovereignty over the two South Korea-controlled islets, it was learned Thursday. Veteran lawmaker Ryuichi Doi resigned as ...

| Mar 8, 2011

DPJ loses potential successor to Kan

Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara’s abrupt resignation Sunday may have averted even more turmoil in the Diet, but his loss bodes ill for the Democratic Party of Japan because he was a leading candidate to succeed Prime Minister Naoto Kan. The resignation, prompted by illegal ...

Mar 4, 2011

DPJ member bolts, ties with Nagoya mayor

A rookie Lower House member resigned Thursday from the Democratic Party of Japan to join a small group led by Nagoya Mayor Takashi Kawamura, weakening the ruling DPJ’s power in the Lower House by yet another vote. Yuko Sato’s departure is another blow to ...

Mar 1, 2011

Budget near passage as DPJ abstentions loom

The Lower House was set to enact the fiscal 2011 budget early Tuesday morning, but the fate of related bills critical to financing the government’s massive debt remained up in the air with the divided Diet. The ¥92.4 trillion budget was set to clear ...

Feb 24, 2011

LDP putting recovery at risk, Kan says

Prime Minister Naoto Kan called again Wednesday for the opposition camp to support the budget and related bills in the Diet, saying failure to do so will put the economic recovery at risk. “While the economy is recovering, the most important issue for the ...

DPJ suspends Ozawa; Kan hints at election

Feb 23, 2011

DPJ suspends Ozawa; Kan hints at election

The Democratic Party of Japan’s key executive body opted Tuesday to suspend Ichiro Ozawa’s party membership pending the outcome of his trial, despite rising pressure from the indicted kingpin’s allies to withhold punishment. Besieged Prime Minister Naoto Kan, who is also the DPJ president, ...

Feb 19, 2011

DPJ revolt shows signs of growing

The rebellion against Naoto Kan is far from over and a few more lawmakers are likely to get on the bandwagon, a Democratic Party of Japan source said Friday, fueling speculation the uprising within the party could force the prime minister to step down. ...