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 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 ...