Tohoku teens share views of survival

Nov 10, 2011

Tohoku teens share views of survival

Asaka Yanada, a 15-year-old high school student from Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, ran as fast as she could toward a hill for 2 km, shepherding elementary school students, when the giant tsunami engulfed her hometown on March 11. That’s how she survived the biggest disaster ...

Nov 9, 2011

Tohoku recovery bond redemption put at 25 years

The Democratic Party of Japan yielded to the opposition camp Tuesday and agreed to redeem the bonds for financing the reconstruction of the Tohoku region in 25 years. The agreement came after the DPJ compromised on the redemption period, extending the government’s original plan ...

Noda takes flak in Diet over extra budget, free trade

Nov 1, 2011

Noda takes flak in Diet over extra budget, free trade

Opposition lawmakers lashed out at Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Monday over what they said is the administration’s unclear stance on whether to join free-trade talks, criticized components of the third extra budget for the Tohoku region reconstruction and called on him to dissolve ...

Bureaucrat housing perks draw fire

| Oct 18, 2011

Bureaucrat housing perks draw fire

As The Government Scrambles To Find Funds To Rebuild The Disaster-hit Tohoku Region, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda Hinted Monday The Government May Cancel A ¥10.5 Billion Project To Construct A State-owned Housing Complex For Civil Servants In Asaka, Saitama Prefecture, Amid An Opposition Uproar. ...

Sep 30, 2011

Eight prefectures eyed for radioactive dumps

The Environment Ministry has revealed a controversial plan to build temporary storage facilities for soil contaminated with radiation from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant in eight prefectures in the Tohoku and Kanto regions. The eight are Fukushima, Iwate, Miyagi, Tokyo, Chiba, Tochigi, Ibaraki ...

Sep 29, 2011

Noda eyes reduced media contact

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda hinted Wednesday that he may hold regular news conferences instead of standup interviews with the press, apparently reflecting caution in dealing with the media. Since he took office Sept. 2, Noda has been shunning daily encounters with the media in ...

Maehara speaks out for continued export of nuclear reactors

Sep 23, 2011

Maehara speaks out for continued export of nuclear reactors

Drawing on its technology and experience, Japan should continue to export nuclear reactors despite the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant, ruling party policy chief Seiji Maehara said Wednesday. “I think trust in the safety of Japanese nuclear power plants hasn’t wavered,” ...

Koshiishi still siding with Ozawa

Sep 17, 2011

Koshiishi still siding with Ozawa

Azuma Koshiishi, the new secretary general of the Democratic Party of Japan, said he still believes Ichiro Ozawa’s suspension should be lifted. “I have been claiming that no punishment is needed. I haven’t changed my mind,” Koshiishi, 75, told the Japan Times and other ...