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, ...

Jul 16, 2011

¥2 trillion reconstruction budget submitted; July 22 passage seen

The government Friday submitted its second extra budget for the year, worth ¥2 trillion, to pay for disaster relief and reconstruction after the March 11 quake and tsunami in the Tohoku region. Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s Cabinet approved the supplementary budget, which won’t require ...

Sanitary conditions deteriorating in shelters as mercury rises: Hirano

Jul 15, 2011

Sanitary conditions deteriorating in shelters as mercury rises: Hirano

Worsening sanitary conditions and rising temperatures are now the most urgent problems facing thousands of Tohoku evacuees still living in shelters, reconstruction minister Tatsuo Hirano said Thursday. “I want to seek cooperation between the central and local governments to support survivors by asking them ...

Jul 14, 2011

Japan must ditch nuclear power: Kan

Japan should gradually become a society that does not have to rely on atomic power, Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Wednesday amid the continuing nuclear crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant. “I think that’s the direction our country should head toward,” Kan ...