Behind the no-nuclear option

| Oct 30, 2012

Behind the no-nuclear option

The triple-meltdown crisis that began last year at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant jarred the public out of its complacent attitude toward nuclear power and every other assurance made by the government and Japan Inc. Suddenly, thousands of people were fleeing their homes ...

Aug 30, 2012

Censure motion against Noda OK'd

With the Sept. 8 end of the current Diet session nearing, political players in Nagata-cho engaged in a heated tit-for-tat battle Wednesday as the opposition-controlled Upper House passed a censure motion against Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda to try to push him into dissolving the ...

Revival eludes nation's birthrate

| Aug 28, 2012

Revival eludes nation's birthrate

It sounds like a broken record: Japan is beset by a low birthrate and an aging society. The nation certainly has a long “to do” list to finish before it can create an environment more conducive to raising children. Amid a surge in singles, ...

Seoul holding islets illegally, Noda charges

Aug 25, 2012

Seoul holding islets illegally, Noda charges

Japan escalated its verbal attacks on Seoul over the Takeshima territorial row Friday, with Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda calling South Korea’s control of the islets “illegal” and the Lower House adopting a resolution denouncing its president, Lee Myung Bak, the first such Diet action ...

Brother keeps Sadako memory alive

Aug 24, 2012

Brother keeps Sadako memory alive

Masahiro Sasaki was only 4 years old when the B-29 bomber Enola Gay dropped its atomic bomb on Hiroshima, wiping out the central part of the city on that sunny Aug. 6, 1945, morning. In just one moment, the “Little Boy” A-bomb turned the ...

Aug 23, 2012

Noda unswayed by talks with rally leaders

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda should listen to the voices of the people and abolish all atomic reactors as soon as possible, organizers of the weekly antinuclear rallies told the nation’s leader in a face-to-face meeting Wednesday. Noda met with the representatives at his office ...

Aug 21, 2012

China's gripe over tit-for-tat landing nixed

The government will not accept complaints lodged by China over the 10 Japanese nationalists who landed on the Senkaku Islands, Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura said Monday, while also trying to defuse bilateral strains by criticizing the unauthorized trip. Anti-Japan sentiment has once again ...

Tokyo seeks ICJ ruling on Takeshima

Aug 18, 2012

Tokyo seeks ICJ ruling on Takeshima

Tokyo will go all out to persuade Seoul to take a sovereignty row to the International Court of Justice after South Korean President Lee Myung Bak’s unprecedented visit to disputed islets in the Sea of Japan, government sources said Friday. Foreign Minister Koichiro Genba ...

| Aug 17, 2012

Tokyo, Beijing want tiff ended fast

Tokyo and Beijing are exchanging tough words over the arrest of 14 Hong Kong protesters and journalists who landed Wednesday on the disputed Senkaku Islands, repeating their harsh rhetoric over who owns the rocky outcroppings in the East China Sea. But diplomatic experts in ...

Aug 16, 2012

Two Cabinet ministers visit Yasukuni

Marking the 67th anniversary of the end of World War II, two Cabinet ministers on Wednesday paid what they said was a private visit to war-related Yasukuni Shrine, the first by such high-ranking politicians since the Democratic Party of Japan took power in 2009. ...