Dec 25, 2010

Kan taps Tachiagare as an ally

Prime Minister Naoto Kan has unofficially asked Tachiagare Nippon (Sunrise Party of Japan), a minor opposition force, to join the ruling bloc, a Tachiagare Nippon executive said Friday. The move is an apparent attempt by Kan to gain as much support as possible to ...

Don between rock, DPJ hard place

| Dec 22, 2010

Don between rock, DPJ hard place

Democratic Party of Japan heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa is being driven into a corner over mounting calls, including from within the DPJ, to give sworn testimony in the Diet over his money scandal and may feel compelled to quit the party, a move his allies ...

Dec 18, 2010

Visas for medical stays set to double

The Justice Ministry said Friday it will allow foreigners who come to Japan for medical treatment to stay up to six months, double the current maximum, to meet growing demand for quality services here. The change will take effect in January. The Foreign Ministry ...

Kan will let stand ruling to open Isahaya floodgates

Dec 16, 2010

Kan will let stand ruling to open Isahaya floodgates

Reversing the government’s stance on a decades-old reclamation project, Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Wednesday he won’t appeal a court order to open two floodgates in the Isahaya Bay dike in Nagasaki Prefecture for five years. Kan, who attacked what he deemed was a ...

| Dec 15, 2010

Testimony at ethics panel not under oath

The Democratic Party of Japan’s internal rift is widening by the day on whether DPJ heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa should be summoned to give unsworn testimony before the Lower House Council on Political Ethics about the money scandal for which he faces indictment. The issue ...

Dec 14, 2010

Emboldened Ozawa blames Kan for poll

The fate of Prime Minister Naoto Kan was hanging in the balance Monday following a devastating defeat the previous day in a key local poll in Ibaraki Prefecture in which only six of 24 candidates fielded by the Democratic Party of Japan won. Sunday’s ...

Ozawa avoids Diet resolution to testify

Dec 14, 2010

Ozawa avoids Diet resolution to testify

Democratic Party of Japan executives failed Monday to agree to pursue a Diet resolution demanding that party heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa testify before the Lower House Ethics Panel over his political funds scandal. DPJ Secretary General Katsuya Okada instead told reporters he will once again ...

Dec 7, 2010

Kan won't rule out LDP option

Prime Minister Naoto Kan on Monday left open the possibility of a grand coalition with the opposition Liberal Democratic Party, although he added that the idea won’t easily be accepted without good reason. “I’m not saying a grand coalition is absolutely out of the ...

Kan seen at critical turning point

Dec 4, 2010

Kan seen at critical turning point

It was less than three months ago that Prime Minister Naoto Kan was flying high, defeating his political foe Ichiro Ozawa in the Democratic Party of Japan presidential election and enjoying a public support rate of better than 60 percent. But that support has ...

Sengoku backtracks on exit hint

Dec 4, 2010

Sengoku backtracks on exit hint

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshito Sengoku, considered the most influential politician in Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s administration, created a stir Friday when he hinted he may step down. The remark came at a sensitive time as calls have been rising in the Democratic Party of ...