Noda forges on as temperatures rise

Aug 7, 2012

Noda forges on as temperatures rise

Tokyo is in the dead of summer and if anything, things are only getting hotter in the political hub of Nagata-cho. Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s woes continue as he tries to fend off foes threatening to hit him with either no-confidence or censure motions, ...

Hiroshima honors A-bomb dead; protesters chant

Aug 7, 2012

Hiroshima honors A-bomb dead; protesters chant

Inside Hiroshima’s Peace Park, tens of thousands of survivors, relatives, government officials and diplomats observed the 67th anniversary Monday of the city’s atomic bombing, while just outside others marked the occasion by loudly protesting the decision to reactivate two nuclear reactors. About 50,000 people, ...

Aug 7, 2012

Noda hints abolition a theoretical energy option

As nationwide outrage mounts over the decision to allow two nuclear reactor restarts in Oi, Fukui Prefecture, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said Monday that he will look into the challenges Japan would face if it someday ends its reliance on atomic power. But at ...

Aug 4, 2012

Noda to meet protesters, to hear from both sides of nuclear divide

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said Friday he plans to meet soon with organizers of the huge antinuclear protests staged weekly outside his office to hear their views against restarting idled reactors. The demonstrations, held Fridays to demand the government stop efforts to reactivate reactors, ...

Ozawa vows new party will dethrone Noda's DPJ

Aug 2, 2012

Ozawa vows new party will dethrone Noda's DPJ

Ichiro Ozawa vowed Wednesday to devote himself to expanding the support network for his new party to knock the ruling Democratic Party of Japan off its throne in the next Lower House general election. His new party, Kokumin no Seikatsu ga Daiichi (People’s Life ...

Koshiishi scrambles to avoid DPJ split

Jun 29, 2012

Koshiishi scrambles to avoid DPJ split

Hoping to head off a possible breakaway from the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, DPJ Secretary General Azuma Koshiishi met Thursday with Ichiro Ozawa, appealing to the party kingpin to stand behind Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and shore up unity. Ozawa had threatened to ...

Jun 28, 2012

LDP ups ante as Noda weighs Ozawa's fate

After more than 70 lawmakers from the Democratic Party of Japan rejected or abstained from voting on the contentious bill to hike the sales tax, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and other DPJ executives began internal discussions Wednesday on how to punish the dissenters, mainly ...

| Jun 27, 2012

More hurdles in store for Noda

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda managed to get the Lower House to pass the contentious tax hike bill, but his troubles are far from over, as demonstrated by the no votes cast by the Democratic Party of Japan’s kingpin, Ichiro Ozawa, and more than 50 ...

Cremation finds favor even with royal clan

| Jun 26, 2012

Cremation finds favor even with royal clan

Cremation has been the norm for dealing with the deceased in modern-day Japan — where communities are crowded and land is scarce. One major exception has been emperors and empresses, who have been ceremoniously buried. But that may change. Recently, Emperor Akihito and Empress ...

Ozawa, allies to vote against tax hike bill

Jun 22, 2012

Ozawa, allies to vote against tax hike bill

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and his ruling Democratic Party of Japan said Thursday they have abandoned attempts to pass the tax hike bill Friday, but an internal rift looms as Ichiro Ozawa officially declared his intention to vote against the legislation. Also on Thursday, ...