Kan not a quitter, wife assures

Jan 13, 2011

Kan not a quitter, wife assures

Prime Minister Naoto Kan will not step down despite his low public support rate, his wife and “adviser,” Nobuko, said Wednesday. “The public opinion poll is a kind of bullying. So quitting because he was criticized? I don’t want that to happen,” Nobuko Kan ...

Absence makes couple grow fonder

| Jan 11, 2011

Absence makes couple grow fonder

Long-distance relationships are no longer rare in today’s global village. But how long can a couple last without actually seeing each other? Fukuoka residents Naoko Yufu, 28, and 26-year-old Xie Guosong from China have been apart for about four of the five years of ...

Kan heaps more coals on Ozawa fire

Jan 5, 2011

Kan heaps more coals on Ozawa fire

Democratic Party of Japan heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa should decide his own course of action, Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Tuesday, indicating the DPJ don should consider resigning from both the ruling party and the Diet when he is indicted over his political money scandal. ...

Rengo head pushes for tax reform

Jan 5, 2011

Rengo head pushes for tax reform

The Democratic Party of Japan-led government should focus on reforming the tax and social welfare systems this year and work to improve job prospects for young people, Nobuaki Koga, president of the Japanese Trade Union Confederation (Rengo), recommends. “A consumption tax increase should be ...

The basics of being a lawmaker at the Diet

| Jan 4, 2011

The basics of being a lawmaker at the Diet

Diet members are often addressed as “sensei” (teacher) and seem to enjoy privileges ranging from high salaries and chauffeur-driven cars to free first-class flights and luxury “green car” seats in bullet trains. But what do they do every day? Are they always in Tokyo ...

Nov 27, 2010

Cabinet can't stray during drills: Kan

Prime Minister Naoto Kan instructed the Cabinet on Friday to stay in Tokyo from Saturday to Wednesday to be on the alert for North Korean provocations during a joint military exercise between the United States and South Korea. The drill, scheduled to start Sunday ...

Nov 19, 2010

Kan says he won't seek Yanagida's head over Diet gaffe

Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Thursday he has no plans to replace Justice Minister Minoru Yanagida over remarks disparaging his Diet duty despite mounting calls from the opposition camp that he step down. “I gave him a strong warning,” Kan told the Upper House ...

Nov 17, 2010

Funds for stimulus get Lower House OK

A ¥5.1 trillion supplementary budget for fiscal 2010 aimed mainly at financing an economic stimulus package cleared the Lower House on Tuesday. The bill will be sent Thursday to the Upper House. Although the Democratic Party of Japan-led ruling bloc does not hold an ...

Foreign media search for signs of future stance on TPP

Nov 14, 2010

Foreign media search for signs of future stance on TPP

YOKOHAMA — Foreign journalists who gathered Saturday in Yokohama to cover the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum summit are closely watching for indications of Japan’s future stance on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, with the government having deferred a decision amid strong opposition from lawmakers and ...

Transplants set to increase

| Nov 12, 2010

Transplants set to increase

Japan boasts highly skilled surgeons, universal health insurance coverage, well-equipped medical facilities — and few organ transplants. But this will change, experts say, now that the revised Organ Transplant Law is in effect. Before July, when the new law took effect, anyone 15 or ...