Eda relishing new role as Upper House president

Aug 11, 2007

Eda relishing new role as Upper House president

The Diet’s two chambers may come to different conclusions over various bills in upcoming sessions, but this can lead to more transparent debate, the new House of Councilors president hopes. “The upper and lower chambers of the Diet may conflict over various bills, but ...

Uniqlo fancies M&As as it outgrows home turf

Aug 4, 2007

Uniqlo fancies M&As as it outgrows home turf

Tadashi Yanai, chairman and CEO of Uniqlo Co. and its holding company, Fast Retailing Co., strongly believes a business must keep growing and changing to survive, and is now acting aggressively on this belief. Yanai, who turned his father’s small clothing store in Ube, ...

Mar 30, 2006

Change to allow foreign political funds

Running for office doesn’t come cheap. Politicians need money for posters, vans, venues for speeches and meals for volunteers. The problem for aspirants to office is that political donations are falling, and corporate money in particular is dwindling fast. “Companies give almost nothing, except ...

Frustrated bureaucrats pen reform ideas

Dec 10, 2005

Frustrated bureaucrats pen reform ideas

When Ichiro Asahina, a 32-year-old bureaucrat at the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, was studying at Harvard University between 2001 and 2003, he had time to think about what Kasumigaseki, Tokyo’s governmental hub, meant to him and to Japan. Hoping to help build ...

Nagano's champion of change

Sep 4, 2005

Nagano's champion of change

He is perhaps the most well-known governor in Japan, largely because he has been breaking with tradition ever since he took office in Nagano Prefecture in October 2000. After converting his private office into a glass-walled room to make his work as transparent as ...

Hashimoto urges Koizumi to diversify diplomacy

Jan 1, 2004

Hashimoto urges Koizumi to diversify diplomacy

Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi is sticking to his guns in supporting the United States, even on the contentious Iraq war. One predecessor, however, believes he should diversify more on the diplomatic front. Although giving high marks to Koizumi’s strong friendship with U.S. President George ...

Dec 25, 2003

Japan, Germany, France to train Iraq cops

Japan will help train fledgling Iraqi police forces jointly with Germany and France, particularly in the area of criminal investigations, and will dispatch a team of experts to Germany in January. According to the plan disclosed Wednesday by former Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto, the ...

Battle for power waged on voters' screens

Nov 5, 2003

Battle for power waged on voters' screens

The leader of the Democratic Party of Japan is fleetingly portrayed in a recent TV commercial as the stern-faced chairman of a fictitious Cabinet meeting, the scene accompanied by upbeat rock music. The commercial is apparently designed to convince voters of the DPJ’s governing ...