| Aug 25, 2011

DPJ-only poll, but of national import

The Democratic Party of Japan will hold a midterm presidential election Monday to pick a successor to Prime Minister Naoto Kan. Among the seven possible candidates, former Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara, who officially announced his candidacy Tuesday, is regarded as the frontrunner. A recent ...

Aug 24, 2011

Maehara, the favorite, declares candidacy

Former Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara declared his candidacy Tuesday for next week’s Democratic Party of Japan presidential election to pick the successor to Prime Minister Naoto Kan, who meanwhile spent the day bidding a premature farewell to his Cabinet. “We have to change the ...

Candidate Kaieda eases on Ozawa

Aug 20, 2011

Candidate Kaieda eases on Ozawa

Trade minister Banri Kaieda expressed his intention Friday to run for the Democratic Party of Japan presidency and succeed Prime Minister Naoto Kan, and hinted he may lift the suspension on former party leader Ichiro Ozawa, who will soon go on trial. With Kan ...

Aug 16, 2011

Cabinet gives Yasukuni a miss

More than 50 lawmakers of the ruling and opposition parties Monday marked the 66th anniversary of Japan’s surrender by visiting Tokyo’s contentious Yasukuni Shrine, which honors the nation’s war dead as well as Class-A war criminals. Considering in particular the sensitivities of other parts ...

Aug 12, 2011

DPJ shifts focus to Kan successor

As the Lower House passed a crucial bill authorizing bond-issuances Thursday, lawmakers in the ruling Democratic Party of Japan accelerated their hunt for a successor to Prime Minister Naoto Kan, with former Diet affairs chief Shinji Tarutoko the latest name floated in the Nagata-cho ...

Aug 11, 2011

Deal on bills looks to pave Kan's way out

Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s hoped-for exit by month’s end got new legs Wednesday, after a Lower House committee OK’d a key bond-issuance bill for passage later in the month and Democratic Party of Japan lawmakers began laying the groundwork for a race to elect ...

Lawmaker defends attempt to observe disputed Takeshima isles

Aug 4, 2011

Lawmaker defends attempt to observe disputed Takeshima isles

Three Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers who were denied entry by South Korea when they tried to visit an island near disputed territory in the Sea of Japan remain undeterred, although their actions ratcheted up diplomatic tension with Seoul. Team leader Yoshitaka Shindo said the ...

New law fails to ease organ demand

| Aug 2, 2011

New law fails to ease organ demand

A year has passed since the revised Organ Transplant Law took effect in July 2010. Now anyone, even children, can be organ donors if the next of kin consent. The changes have raised the number of donors but many patients are still waiting to ...

Jul 26, 2011

¥2 trillion reconstruction bill clears Diet

The Diet enacted Monday a ¥2 trillion second extra budget for fiscal 2011 to finance disaster relief and reconstruction since March 11, one of the three conditions laid down by Prime Minister Naoto Kan for his exit. The Liberal Democratic Party and New Komeito, ...