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 ...

Jun 4, 2011

Aid group calls for more vaccines

The head of a Geneva-based aid group on funding vaccinations in developing countries urged Japan on Friday to make larger financial contributions to saving children’s lives in disease-stricken parts of the world. Helen Evans, interim CEO of the Global Alliance for Vaccination and Immunization, ...

No-confidence vote set for Kan Cabinet

Jun 2, 2011

No-confidence vote set for Kan Cabinet

The Liberal Democratic Party, New Komeito and Tachiagare Nippon (Sunrise Party of Japan) submitted a binding no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Naoto Kan on Wednesday evening, shaking the administration to the core as discontented members of the Democratic Party of Japan, including Cabinet appointees, ...

Cleanup effort enters new phase

Jun 1, 2011

Cleanup effort enters new phase

Since the Golden Week holidays in early May, fewer volunteers have gone to the Tohoku region to help it clean up from the devastation caused by the March 11 quake and tsunami. The American Chamber of Commerce hopes to rectify this deficit by dispatching ...

May 31, 2011

Raise sales tax in stages, advisers tell Kan reform council

The consumption tax should be raised in stages to prevent adverse fluctuations in the economy, a report compiled by government advisers said Monday. The report was submitted to the Council for Intensive Discussion on Social Security Reform headed by Prime Minister Naoto Kan and ...

Fujifilm helps salvage photos in disaster zone

May 27, 2011

Fujifilm helps salvage photos in disaster zone

A few days after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, Fujifilm Corp. in Tokyo began to receive sporadic but desperate phone calls from survivors in the Tohoku region. They wanted to know how to clean photos covered with mud and seawater. When the enormous ...

Success mixed when it comes to planning for disasters

| May 24, 2011

Success mixed when it comes to planning for disasters

Many claim the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami of March 11 exceeded all expectations. Breakwaters and seawalls that were built along the coastal areas of the Tohoku region were destroyed by the waves, unable to prevent them from swallowing up houses, factories and schools. ...