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 ...

Dec 3, 2010

Nakaima presses Kan to move U.S. Marine base out of Okinawa

Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima, who was re-elected Sunday, urged Prime Minister Naoto Kan Thursday to relocate the U.S. Marine base at Futenma outside the prefecture, rather than to the Henoko district of Nago as agreed upon by the U.S. and Japan in May. It ...

Nov 27, 2010

Stimulus budget wins Diet passage

The Diet late Friday enacted the supplementary budget to fund a ¥5.1 trillion stimulus package even though the opposition rejected the package in the Upper House. The decision in the more powerful Lower House, controlled by the ruling Democratic Party of Japan and its ...

Nov 25, 2010

Kan confers with Lee on North threat

Prime Minister Naoto Kan and his Seoul counterpart, Lee Myung Bak, agreed Wednesday their countries and the United States must work closely to confront any provocations by North Korea, which the previous day shelled a South Korean island in the Yellow Sea, causing four ...

Yanagida resigns over gaffe

Nov 23, 2010

Yanagida resigns over gaffe

Justice Minister Minoru Yanagida resigned Monday amid the fallout over his joking about his Diet duties, and after Prime Minister Naoto Kan effectively pressured him to step down. Yanagida’s exit, the first from Kan’s second Cabinet, which was formed in September, will hobble the ...

Yanagida prospects looking grimmer

Nov 20, 2010

Yanagida prospects looking grimmer

Pressure mounted Friday on Justice Minister Minoru Yanagida to resign over his remarks scoffing at his Diet duties, as members of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan-led administration gradually distanced themselves from him and the opposition camp pledged to slap him with censure motions. ...

Kindergartens, day care centers may merge

| Nov 17, 2010

Kindergartens, day care centers may merge

When it comes to finding a place to park the kiddies for the day, working parents generally have two options: kindergartens and day care facilities. Kindergartens take in children from age 3 and are open for about four hours. Day care centers provide up ...

Nov 16, 2010

LDP slams ruling bloc over leak

The Liberal Democratic Party on Monday submitted no-confidence motions in the Diet against two Cabinet ministers, holding them to blame for the leak of a sensitive video of collisions involving a Chinese trawler and two Japan Coast Guard cutters in September off the Senkaku ...

TPP signals commitment to Asia: Obama

Nov 14, 2010

TPP signals commitment to Asia: Obama

YOKOHAMA — The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement will give Washington a strong presence in Asia and an opportunity to increase trade, U.S. President Barack Obama said Saturday in Yokohama. “Agreements like this will benefit our economies and our people but they will also send a ...