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 ...

Kan plan set to end nuke goals

Jul 13, 2011

Kan plan set to end nuke goals

Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Tuesday the administration plans to propose a new energy policy “in the near future” and that the current goal of increasing dependency of nuclear power to 53 percent by 2030 needs to be abandoned. Local governments are hesitant to ...

Kaieda takes flak, vows to stay on

Jul 9, 2011

Kaieda takes flak, vows to stay on

Industry minister Banri Kaieda denied Friday he intends to resign anytime soon after he said he would “take responsibility” for the administration’s flip-flop on whether to fire up idled nuclear reactors. Responding during a Lower House plenary session to a question by a member ...

Kan under fire in wake of Matsumoto's resignation

Jul 7, 2011

Kan under fire in wake of Matsumoto's resignation

Prime Minister Naoto Kan accepted responsibility Wednesday for last week appointing Ryu Matsumoto as reconstruction minister, only to see him resign Tuesday after disparaging the disaster zone he was tasked to mend, but vowed to stay on as leader until his conditions for leaving ...

Reconstruction minister quits after week

Jul 6, 2011

Reconstruction minister quits after week

Ryu Matsumoto resigned Tuesday as reconstruction minister just a week into his stint after he drew flak for insulting two governors in the disaster-hit Tohoku region he was tasked to rebuild, and his exit drove Prime Minister Naoto Kan into a deeper political quagmire. ...

Matsumoto rips Tohoku governors

Jul 5, 2011

Matsumoto rips Tohoku governors

High-handed remarks by newly appointed Tohoku reconstruction minister Ryu Matsumoto rocked the political world Monday, inflaming the opposition and inflicting another headache upon the ailing Cabinet of Prime Minister Naoto Kan. Opposition lawmakers said they might call on Matsumoto to resign after he chastized ...

Jul 1, 2011

113 households identified as radioactive hot spots

The central government on Thursday designated 113 households in Date, Fukushima Prefecture, as areas with radioactive hot spots and recommends that the people living there evacuate despite being outside the no-entry zone around the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. The areas include 113 ...

Doubled sales tax by '16 gets nod

Jul 1, 2011

Doubled sales tax by '16 gets nod

Yielding to strong opposition from the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, the government of Prime Minister Naoto Kan, the DPJ president, approved a social security and tax reform plan Thursday that will enforce a 10 percent consumption tax “by the mid-2010s,” instead of its ...