Nago mayor remains defiant over Futenma plan

Feb 13, 2014

Nago mayor remains defiant over Futenma plan

Susumu Inamine, mayor of Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, vowed Thursday to use every weapon in his arsenal to block the central government’s efforts to construct a replacement base in his city for the U.S. Futenma airfield. Inamine defeated a pro-base rival to win re-election last ...

NHK governors reveal rightist views

Feb 5, 2014

NHK governors reveal rightist views

A member of NHK’s board of governors has written an essay praising a right-wing activist who committed suicide in the Asa­hi Shim­bun building in 1993, raising questions about the public broadcaster’s political neutrality.

Momii's rise tests NHK's reputation

Feb 2, 2014

Momii's rise tests NHK's reputation

For millions of Japanese, and even Japan-watchers abroad, NHK is a trusted source of information: gray in tone perhaps, but neither black nor white on the issues. This assumption has been put to the test by new NHK Chairman Katsuto Momii, whose recent remarks ...

Jan 23, 2014

Abe not painting war with China scenario, Suga assures

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga on Thursday tried to play down the significance of overseas reports that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe compared the current tension between China and Japan to that of Britain and Germany right before World War I, saying Abe wasn’t stressing ...

Jan 23, 2014

Economy to be Abe's Diet focus, at least at first

This year’s 150-day regular Diet session will open Friday with a key policy speech by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expected to play to his strength — the economy — rather than his controversial diplomatic or national security policies. The administration and ruling parties say ...