Okada's inconclusive visit irks Okinawans

Dec 7, 2009

Okada's inconclusive visit irks Okinawans

NAHA, Okinawa Pref. — Following a weekend visit to Okinawa by Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada that succeeded in upsetting local residents, it remains far from clear how the central government will settle the thorny issue of where to relocate Futenma air base. While Okada ...

Nov 18, 2009

Okada's Futenma-Kadena merger gambit fizzles

NAHA, Okinawa Pref. — Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada may have wanted a breakthrough on the thorny issue of where to relocate the Futenma airfield in Okinawa when he revived in late October the previously rejected idea of incorporating it into the nearby Kadena air ...

Oct 16, 2009

Helping Afghanistan easier said than done

Following Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada’s surprise visit to Kabul on Sunday, the government is stepping up efforts to work out measures that can benefit Afghan people on the ground. But this is turning out to be a difficult task because of the deteriorating security ...

Sep 1, 2009

No big shift seen in foreign policy

A dramatic shift in foreign policy is unlikely under a new administration led by the Democratic Party of Japan because it hopes to ensure continuity despite vowing greater independence from the United States. But foreign and security matters could easily emerge as flash points ...

Feb 4, 2009

Statute of limitations in slayings hit

With less than three years left before the statute of limitations runs out on the 1996 murder of his daughter, Kenji Kobayashi knew he would regret it if he allowed the clock to tick away without taking action. The 62-year-old Kobayashi, compelled to act ...

Multilingual Koyasan wins over foreigners

Jan 21, 2009

Multilingual Koyasan wins over foreigners

KOYA, Wakayama Pref. (Kyodo) In a dimly lit hall in the sacred Koyasan temple complex, a Swiss-born Buddhist priest joins other monks in reciting sutras in the early morning as foreign tourists watch the solemn 90-minute ceremony with intense interest. Kurt Genso, 57, whose ...

Apr 7, 2008

Domestic woes endanger Fukuda's hopes for big G8 splash

Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda over the weekend restated his resolve to demonstrate leadership on environmental and other issues at the Group of Eight summit in July, as he made his first visit to the main venue in Hokkaido. But the 71-year-old prime minister must ...

Feb 28, 2008

Seoul ties thawing but can always get cold

Despite an agreement here Monday between Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda and new South Korean President Lee Myung Bak to build a “new era” — indicating bilateral ties could get steadily back on track and even be raised to a higher level — the two ...

LDP facing crisis in conservative Ehime

| Jul 19, 2007

LDP facing crisis in conservative Ehime

Meeting earlier this month with mostly silver-haired voters in the rural town of Kumakogen, veteran lawmaker Katsutsugu Sekiya of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party was fighting for his political life. Here in Ehime Prefecture, a provincial Shikoku prefecture once deemed a bastion of LDP ...

Japan pop fads get Bahrainis' attention

Jun 20, 2007

Japan pop fads get Bahrainis' attention

Bahrain is not a country where it is common to encounter Japanese, but even here interest in “anime” has been encouraging young people to learn more about Japan, as well as to study the language. Because young people here depend largely on the Internet ...