Retired Hatoyama still on Futenma quest

Jan 1, 2013

Retired Hatoyama still on Futenma quest

Yukio Hatoyama dashed the hopes of the people of Okinawa when, as prime minister, he failed to deliver on his promise to move U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma out of the prefecture. But now he wants a chance at redemption and to prove ...

Rightwing minister seeks to radically revamp education system

Dec 30, 2012

Rightwing minister seeks to radically revamp education system

Conservative education minister Hakubun Shimomura said he wants to fundamentally change Japan’s postwar school system to teach children about the nation’s historical traditions and culture. Shimomura played a key role in drafting the Liberal Democratic Party’s rightwing policy platform for the Dec. 16 general ...

Dec 28, 2012

Abe Cabinet signals big changes ahead

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet got down to work Thursday dismantling various policies of the previous administration, including the zero-nuclear target, and musing on a review of the 1993 Kono Statement, an apology for the coercion of women into sexual slavery during the war. ...

DPJ test ends as Noda's team quietly bows out

Dec 27, 2012

DPJ test ends as Noda's team quietly bows out

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and his Cabinet resigned en masse Wednesday morning, quietly closing the door on the Democratic Party of Japan’s first attempt to lead the nation and making way for the old Liberal Democratic Party’s return to power. During a Cabinet meeting ...

Kaieda takes DPJ helm; Ozawa overture hinted

Dec 26, 2012

Kaieda takes DPJ helm; Ozawa overture hinted

The Democratic Party of Japan picked former trade minister Banri Kaieda as its new president Tuesday, a sign that the party may seek to join hands with Ichiro Ozawa, a former DPJ leader who left the party earlier this year, for the upcoming Upper ...

LDP returns with all its old baggage

| Dec 25, 2012

LDP returns with all its old baggage

They’re baaaack. After warming the opposition bench for more than three years, the Liberal Democratic Party has returned to power, hungrier and more eager than ever to rule. True, the LDP has a long history and vast experience as the ruling party. But times ...

Dec 20, 2012

Still smarting, DPJ struggles to regroup

The chaotic aftermath of its crushing defeat in the Lower House election continued Wednesday to affect the Democratic Party of Japan as it was suddenly forced to change its plans and postpone a presidential election. Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda announced his intention to step ...

Postelection Cabinet holds 'wake'

Dec 19, 2012

Postelection Cabinet holds 'wake'

Through rain or shine or even after Sunday’s humiliating drubbing, the government must go on, so Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and his ministers Tuesday morning held their first Cabinet meeting since the election, a gloomy gathering participants likened to a wake. After an unprecedented ...