| Sep 3, 2011

Lineup competent but lacking buzz

The new ministers hand-picked Friday by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda lack the star power or celebrity status needed to reverse the Democratic Party of Japan’s dwindling popularity. But the lineup is well-balanced and was chosen carefully to ensure that the ruling party can heal ...

Noda taps Fujimura to be right-hand man

Sep 2, 2011

Noda taps Fujimura to be right-hand man

Newly appointed executives of the Democratic Party of Japan promised the leading opposition parties Thursday that they will uphold agreements to give up or scale back some of the key pledges the DPJ made before taking power, including the monthly child allowances. Prime Minister-elect ...

Sep 1, 2011

Noda's key first task: filling Edano's shoes

Prime Minister-elect Yoshihiko Noda is looking to form an administrative team that satisfies loyalists of disgraced Democratic Party of Japan kingpin Ichiro Ozawa and his own allies, and one main task will be picking a right-hand man to fill the shoes of Yukio Edano, ...

Aug 31, 2011

Noda takes over, starts key selections

Yoshihiko Noda became the nation’s 62nd prime minister Tuesday, tasked with leading the recovery from the March disaster. In the formal balloting in the Diet, Noda won 308 votes in the Lower House but failed to win a majority in the opposition-controlled Upper House ...

Noda victorious in race for prime minister

Aug 30, 2011

Noda victorious in race for prime minister

Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda won the Democratic Party of Japan presidency Monday and will replace Naoto Kan as prime minister, becoming the ruling party’s third leader since it swept to power in the historic 2009 general election. Noda, 54, a known fiscal hawk, is ...

Aug 26, 2011

Ban on beef shipments lifted

The government on Thursday lifted the last bans on shipments of beef cattle — from Iwate, Fukushima and Tochigi prefectures — suspended due to leaks of radioactive material from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. The government lifted the ban on beef cattle shipments ...

| 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 ...