Sep 1, 2011

Noda's key first task: filling Edano's shoes

Prime Minister-elect Yoshihiko Noda is looking to form an administrative team that satisfies loyalists of disgraced Democratic Party of Japan kingpin Ichiro Ozawa and his own allies, and one main task will be picking a right-hand man to fill the shoes of Yukio Edano, ...

Aug 31, 2011

Noda takes over, starts key selections

Yoshihiko Noda became the nation’s 62nd prime minister Tuesday, tasked with leading the recovery from the March disaster. In the formal balloting in the Diet, Noda won 308 votes in the Lower House but failed to win a majority in the opposition-controlled Upper House ...

Noda victorious in race for prime minister

Aug 30, 2011

Noda victorious in race for prime minister

Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda won the Democratic Party of Japan presidency Monday and will replace Naoto Kan as prime minister, becoming the ruling party’s third leader since it swept to power in the historic 2009 general election. Noda, 54, a known fiscal hawk, is ...

Aug 26, 2011

Ban on beef shipments lifted

The government on Thursday lifted the last bans on shipments of beef cattle — from Iwate, Fukushima and Tochigi prefectures — suspended due to leaks of radioactive material from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. The government lifted the ban on beef cattle shipments ...

| Aug 25, 2011

DPJ-only poll, but of national import

The Democratic Party of Japan will hold a midterm presidential election Monday to pick a successor to Prime Minister Naoto Kan. Among the seven possible candidates, former Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara, who officially announced his candidacy Tuesday, is regarded as the frontrunner. A recent ...

Candidate Kaieda eases on Ozawa

Aug 20, 2011

Candidate Kaieda eases on Ozawa

Trade minister Banri Kaieda expressed his intention Friday to run for the Democratic Party of Japan presidency and succeed Prime Minister Naoto Kan, and hinted he may lift the suspension on former party leader Ichiro Ozawa, who will soon go on trial. With Kan ...

Aug 16, 2011

Cabinet gives Yasukuni a miss

More than 50 lawmakers of the ruling and opposition parties Monday marked the 66th anniversary of Japan’s surrender by visiting Tokyo’s contentious Yasukuni Shrine, which honors the nation’s war dead as well as Class-A war criminals. Considering in particular the sensitivities of other parts ...

Aug 11, 2011

Deal on bills looks to pave Kan's way out

Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s hoped-for exit by month’s end got new legs Wednesday, after a Lower House committee OK’d a key bond-issuance bill for passage later in the month and Democratic Party of Japan lawmakers began laying the groundwork for a race to elect ...

Lawmaker defends attempt to observe disputed Takeshima isles

Aug 4, 2011

Lawmaker defends attempt to observe disputed Takeshima isles

Three Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers who were denied entry by South Korea when they tried to visit an island near disputed territory in the Sea of Japan remain undeterred, although their actions ratcheted up diplomatic tension with Seoul. Team leader Yoshitaka Shindo said the ...