Nov 11, 2010

Ministers unite against new trade barriers

YOKOHAMA — Foreign and trade ministers meeting in Yokohama on Wednesday agreed to fend off protectionism by extending an existing ban on new trade barriers among member states by at least three years, until 2013. The Pacific Rim ministers, meeting for two days ahead ...

Diet panels view Senkaku run-in video, fault trawler

Nov 2, 2010

Diet panels view Senkaku run-in video, fault trawler

Lawmakers who saw video footage Monday of the collisions between a Chinese trawler and two Japan Coast Guard cutters near the Senkaku Islands in early September said it proved the fishing boat rammed the Japanese vessels. The 7-minute video was shown to about 30 ...

Oct 27, 2010

Cabinet OKs ¥5.1 trillion extra budget

Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s Cabinet on Tuesday endorsed an extra budget for this fiscal year to fund a ¥5.1 trillion emergency stimulus package aimed at fighting deflation and the surging yen. The budget plan, which will be submitted to the Diet on Friday, includes ...

Eda urges stronger ties with China to handle disputes

Oct 25, 2010

Eda urges stronger ties with China to handle disputes

Fresh from a four-day trip to China that ended Thursday, Satsuki Eda, former president of the House of Councilors, said the Democratic Party of Japan needs to work harder to create stronger lines of communication with China to avoid future diplomatic spats with the ...

Sengoku's growing influence causes a stir

Oct 23, 2010

Sengoku's growing influence causes a stir

On the first day of the Lower House Budget Committee session last week, Nobuteru Ishihara, secretary general of the Liberal Democratic Party, chose to deride the growing power of Yoshito Sengoku, chief Cabinet secretary of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan. Ishihara had pressed ...

Keep companies, citizens safe, Kan tells Beijing

Oct 19, 2010

Keep companies, citizens safe, Kan tells Beijing

The demonstrations against Japan staged over the weekend in China were very unfortunate and both sides must exercise calm, Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Monday as the protests dragged on for a third consecutive day. “We have expressed our regret to Chinese authorities and ...

Oct 16, 2010

Ozawa sues government over indictment process

Democratic Party of Japan kingpin Ichiro Ozawa sued the government Friday, claiming a judicial panel’s move to indict him for falsifying political funds reports is illegal and invalid. Ozawa’s lawyer also filed for an injunction to stop the Tokyo District Court from selecting attorneys ...

Oct 9, 2010

Cabinet endorses ¥5 trillion stimulus

The Cabinet of Prime Minister Naoto Kan endorsed a ¥5.05 trillion stimulus package Friday aimed at propping up an economy hampered by deflation and the surging yen. The stimulus package is projected to add about 0.6 percent to economic output and create or retain ...

Oct 7, 2010

LDP pressures Kan for Ozawa Diet testimony

Prime Minister Naoto Kan should make every effort to persuade Democratic Party of Japan bigwig Ichiro Ozawa, who is facing indictment over alleged political funding improprieties, to give sworn testimony before the Diet, Liberal Democratic Party leader Sadakazu Tanigaki said Wednesday. Tanigaki also called ...

Oct 6, 2010

Panel's decision on Ozawa flawed: professor

The decision by an independent judicial panel to indict Democratic Party of Japan kingpin Ichiro Ozawa has crucial procedural flaws that could damage its credibility, Meiji University professor Nobuo Gohara said Tuesday. Gohara, a former prosecutor, said the matter comes down to whether the ...