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 ...

Aides' convictions bode ill for Ozawa

| Sep 28, 2011

Aides' convictions bode ill for Ozawa

The convictions Monday of Democratic Party of Japan ex-leader Ichiro Ozawa’s former aides for making false entries in his political funds records will inevitably impact the kingpin’s own trial that starts next month and weaken his clout in the ruling party, legal and political ...

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 ...

| Sep 3, 2011

Lineup competent but lacking buzz

The new ministers hand-picked Friday by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda lack the star power or celebrity status needed to reverse the Democratic Party of Japan’s dwindling popularity. But the lineup is well-balanced and was chosen carefully to ensure that the ruling party can heal ...

Noda taps Fujimura to be right-hand man

Sep 2, 2011

Noda taps Fujimura to be right-hand man

Newly appointed executives of the Democratic Party of Japan promised the leading opposition parties Thursday that they will uphold agreements to give up or scale back some of the key pledges the DPJ made before taking power, including the monthly child allowances. Prime Minister-elect ...

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, ...