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 ...

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 ...