Hatoyama stirs trouble with plan to visit Crimea

Mar 6, 2015

Hatoyama stirs trouble with plan to visit Crimea

Former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, who retired from politics in December 2012, never failed to draw public attention during his career. Now he’s at it again. Hatoyama reportedly plans to visit the Crimean Peninsula in Ukraine after a trip to Russia as early as ...

Feb 12, 2015

Abe sidesteps expanded SDF role in Diet policy speech

Delivering a key policy speech at the Diet, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reiterated his determination Thursday to push for economic reforms but avoided touching the most controversial issue expected at this year’s ordinary Diet session: security bills to expand the scope of Self-Defense Forces ...

Feb 6, 2015

Tokyo, Okinawa stuck in cold war over U.S. base

The central government and the Okinawa Prefectural Government are now in an apparent cold war. Despite repeated visits and requests from Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Ongata, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga have refused to meet the governor, who was elected ...