Jan 15, 2011

Eda coy on executions; Edano diplomatic on China

Justice Minister Satsuki Eda, an opponent of capital punishment, remained noncommittal Friday about whether he will sign off on executions when a prisoner’s time to hang comes. The justice minister’s signature is needed to authorize each execution, and each person chosen for the post ...

Edano to replace Sengoku in new Cabinet

Jan 14, 2011

Edano to replace Sengoku in new Cabinet

CHIBA — Prime Minister Naoto Kan was rumored Thursday to have two key changes in mind for his looming Cabinet reshuffle, sources said. One will replace Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshito Sengoku with his Democratic Party of Japan’s deputy secretary general, Yukio Edano. The other ...

Jan 13, 2011

Kan to reveal new Cabinet lineup Friday

Prime Minister Naoto Kan is preparing to reshuffle his Cabinet and the ruling Democratic Party of Japan’s executive lineup Friday, DPJ sources said Wednesday. Kan hopes to have the Diet convene an ordinary session on Jan. 24, but it remains uncertain if the opposition ...

Jan 8, 2011

Online, Kan commiserates with short-lived predecessors

During a live Internet interview Friday, Prime Minister Naoto Kan lamented over little his tireless efforts are appreciated by the public. Kan is the first prime minister to appear in an online program live — an apparent effort to reach out to Internet users, ...

Sengoku thrust into reshuffle speculation spotlight

Jan 7, 2011

Sengoku thrust into reshuffle speculation spotlight

All eyes were fixed Thursday on the fate of Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshito Sengoku after Prime Minister Naoto Kan hinted that his right-hand man might have to leave the Cabinet to break an impasse with the opposition camp. Kan faces a dilemma. If he ...

Seniors' wisdom recorded

Jan 6, 2011

Seniors' wisdom recorded

Surrounded by record players and speakers that he designed and built on his own, Takeshi Teragaki, 86, a renowned sound system engineer, began to talk about how he first became intrigued by audio players. An interviewer set up a small digital video camera to ...

Sengoku tries to get opposition to back off

Jan 6, 2011

Sengoku tries to get opposition to back off

Opposition parties shouldn’t boycott Diet deliberations attended by two key ministers targeted by nonbinding censure motions in the Upper House in November, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshito Sengoku, one of those singled out, said Wednesday. “If they boycott Diet deliberations because of the censure motions ...

Even tougher year may lie ahead for Kan

Jan 1, 2011

Even tougher year may lie ahead for Kan

In the seven months Prime Minister Naoto Kan has been in office he has defeated Democratic Party of Japan heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa in the party’s presidential election, dealt with an aggressive and confrontational China over the Senkaku Islands row and repaired ties with the ...

Ozawa agrees to give unsworn testimony

Dec 29, 2010

Ozawa agrees to give unsworn testimony

Bending to Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s demands, former Democratic Party of Japan President Ichiro Ozawa said Tuesday he will appear before the Lower House ethics committee to explain his political money scandal. Ozawa’s acquiescence, which came a day after DPJ executives agreed to vote ...

Dec 28, 2010

Kan's bid to woo small party flops

The small opposition force Tachiagare Nippon (Sunrise Party of Japan) on Monday snubbed Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s overture to join the ruling bloc, undermining his administration’s latest attempt to get past the divided Diet. The offer to join the Democratic Party of Japan-led government ...