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 ...

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. ...

Nov 19, 2010

Kan says he won't seek Yanagida's head over Diet gaffe

Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Thursday he has no plans to replace Justice Minister Minoru Yanagida over remarks disparaging his Diet duty despite mounting calls from the opposition camp that he step down. “I gave him a strong warning,” Kan told the Upper House ...