Mekong states get ¥600 billion in ODA

Apr 22, 2012

Mekong states get ¥600 billion in ODA

Japan will provide ¥600 billion in official development assistance within three years to the Mekong region countries of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam to bolster their development, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda declared Saturday. Noda made the ODA announcement at the fourth annual Mekong-Japan ...

Apr 22, 2012

Japan to cancel 60% of Myanmar's debt

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda announced Saturday that Japan will resume yen loans to Myanmar and cancel about 60 percent of the debt and overdue charges it is owed to assist the country’s recent moves toward democracy. The announcement coincided with the first visit to ...

Noda leaps in with hint of buying Senkakus

Apr 19, 2012

Noda leaps in with hint of buying Senkakus

The central government will consider buying the disputed Senkaku Islands, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said Wednesday, adding fuel to a fire already lit by Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara. Noda’s statement came after Ishihara dropped his bombshell Monday in Washington by revealing that the Tokyo ...

LDP readies two censure motions

Apr 18, 2012

LDP readies two censure motions

It looks like Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and his ruling Democratic Party of Japan are in for a rough ride in the current Diet session. The Liberal Democratic Party said Tuesday it is ready to submit censure motions against two Cabinet ministers. LDP Secretary ...

Apr 17, 2012

Fujimura attempts to allay reactor restart fears

A day after trade minister Yukio Edano said the nation would experience a “momentary” suspension of nuclear power, Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura on Monday sought to allay concern the government was rushing to reactivate reactors at the Oi power plant in Fukui Prefecture. ...

Rocket failure an embarrassment for North

Apr 14, 2012

Rocket failure an embarrassment for North

North Korea on Friday defied warnings from the international community and launched a rocket — which then exploded about a minute after takeoff — scattering debris over the Yellow Sea off South Korea. The North’s three-stage rocket “was airborne for more than a minute ...

Apr 13, 2012

Fate of child abductions bill in Diet uncertain

The government finally submitted legislation to the Diet last month for joining the Hague Convention on international child abductions but its passage appears far from certain. Western allies have long pressured Japan to join the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International ...

Apr 13, 2012

SDF, leaders on 24-hour alert for North's rocket launch

Japan and its missile defense system remained on high alert Thursday as the first day of North Korea’s launch window for what is believed to be a long-range ballistic missile test passed without incident. North Korea said it will launch the rocket by sometime ...

Japan, U.K. agree on arms development

Apr 11, 2012

Japan, U.K. agree on arms development

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and British leader David Cameron agreed Tuesday in Tokyo to strengthen bilateral defense cooperation, including joint weapons development, in what will be the first such case since Japan eased its de facto ban on arms exports. It is also the ...

Apr 11, 2012

Conservative experts slam female Imperial branches

Female Imperial family members should not be allowed to retain their royal status upon marriage, conservative experts told a government panel Tuesday, saying such a system could eventually break the centuries-long paternal lineage of Imperial blood. Journalist Yoshiko Sakurai and Nihon University law professor ...