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. ...

May 11, 2011

Kan to give up executive salary

Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Tuesday he will give up his salary as premier until the Fukushima nuclear crisis is under control. The pay cut will start next month. He will still take his salary as a member of the Lower House. “I think ...

May 3, 2011

Protesters urge rethink of child radiation limit

Four antinuclear groups demanded Monday that the government withdraw its decision to set the annual radiation limit at 20 millisieverts for schoolchildren in Fukushima Prefecture, saying the standard poses a health risk. The four groups — Friends of the Earth Japan, Green Action, Fukuro ...

Evacuee mayor's community torn

Apr 29, 2011

Evacuee mayor's community torn

Katsutaka Idogawa, the 64-year-old mayor of Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, is standing at a crossroads. Whether evacuees in Saitama Prefecture from Futaba, where two of the six reactors at the troubled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant are located, will stay there or go back ...