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 ...

Jun 29, 2011

Kan hints at playing nuclear energy card

Whether to promote nuclear power will be the most crucial issue in the next national election, Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Tuesday, rekindling speculation that he may want to dissolve the Lower House over energy policy. Kan made the comment during a meeting of ...

| Jun 29, 2011

Kan keeps foes on edge over resignation timetable

Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s announcement Monday that he would step down after the second extra budget and two key bills are passed may, at a glance, appear as though he finally clarified when he is leaving. But it still remains to be seen whether ...

DPJ tacks on 70 days to avert Diet recess

Jun 23, 2011

DPJ tacks on 70 days to avert Diet recess

The Diet session was extended by 70 days Wednesday, giving Prime Minister Naoto Kan and his Democratic Party of Japan some breathing room as they try to enact several key bills by the end of August. But the two main opposition parties, the Liberal ...

Jun 22, 2011

Diet session extension left to the last minute

The Nagata-cho political hub was in turmoil Tuesday as the ruling and opposition camps failed to come to an agreement on how long to extend the Diet session, which was slated to finish Wednesday. The Democratic Party of Japan was seeking to extend the ...

| Jun 12, 2011

Track record of coalition plans not always grand

Amid the chaos breaking out in Nagata-cho since Prime Minister Naoto Kan announced his intention to resign, the ruling Democratic Party of Japan is once again seeking to form a grand coalition with its long-time conservative foe, the Liberal Democratic Party. The LDP dominated ...

Besieged Kan marks milestone: one year

Jun 9, 2011

Besieged Kan marks milestone: one year

The first anniversary of Naoto Kan’s prime ministership arrived Wednesday amid a whirlwind of political maneuvering and speculation over when he would step down and whether the ruling and opposition parties can form a grand coalition. Even as the nation struggles in the aftermath ...