Jan 12, 2013

Abe gives out info on his terms, via Facebook page

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has learned his lesson: Instead of giving short daily media interviews, he has launched a new Facebook page to provide information to the public on his terms while conveniently avoiding the kind of verbal missteps that plagued his recent predecessors ...

Child custody injustices hard to fix

Jan 4, 2013

Child custody injustices hard to fix

On May 6, 2010, Yasuyuki Watanabe, an internal affairs ministry bureaucrat, came home to find his wife and 2-year old daughter gone, along with their clothes. His wife had spirited away their daughter near the end of Golden Week, just days after he was ...

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 ...