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 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. ...

Moment of truth for kin of A-bomb decision

Aug 11, 2012

Moment of truth for kin of A-bomb decision

When the grandson of U.S. President Harry Truman, who ordered the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and a descendent of the only serviceman to fly on both bombing runs came face to face with some of the survivors, it was a moment of ...

Aug 10, 2012

Opposition vote to oust Noda fails

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and his Cabinet survived a no-confidence vote Thursday, bringing him one step closer to achieving his goal of doubling the consumption tax. Noda’s Democratic Party of Japan-Kokumin Shinto (People’s New Party) ruling bloc prevailed in the vote on the no-confidence ...

Noda snubs LDP call to set dissolution date

Aug 9, 2012

Noda snubs LDP call to set dissolution date

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda managed Wednesday to avoid being slapped with a double-punch no confidence vote and censure motion by the Liberal Democratic Party by promising to call for a snap election “soon.” Noda met with LDP President Sadakazu Tanigaki and New Komeito leader ...

Aug 8, 2012

LDP pulls threat, will vote on bill for tax hike

In an apparent about-face Tuesday, the Liberal Democratic Party agreed to vote in favor of the contentious tax hike and social security legislation in the Upper House on Wednesday. But at the same time, the conservative party threatened to up the pressure on Prime ...

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, ...