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 ...

Oct 17, 2003

Japan and Mexico fail to strike FTA deal

Japan and Mexico threw in the towel Thursday, failing to strike a bilateral free-trade agreement after a four-day marathon of ministerial-level talks. The failure bodes ill for Japan, which hoped to use a Mexico FTA as a gateway to similar agreements with other countries. ...

Oct 5, 2003

Japan to offer $5 billion over four years to Iraq

The government is considering a plan to provide around $5 billion, or about 550 billion yen, to help reconstruct Iraq in the four years beginning in fiscal 2004, government sources said Saturday. The amount accounts for about 10 percent of the total cost of ...

Peacenik taps art world to parody war

Sep 24, 2003

Peacenik taps art world to parody war

Tetsuya Ozaki is trying to wage peace in a unique theater of war — the theater of the absurd. Ozaki, editor in chief of bilingual Web site Realtokyo, a source of information about art, music and various cultural events, is taking artistic aim at ...

Maverick Suginami mayor likes to stir things up

| Jul 17, 2003

Maverick Suginami mayor likes to stir things up

Until Hiroshi Yamada took control of Tokyo’s Suginami Ward in April 1999, local government activity proceeded at a predictably slow pace. Ward officials would never have dreamed of taking the initiative in introducing new policies ahead of other municipalities. “We had never considered being ...

Watanabe his own man -- but honors father's role

May 8, 2003

Watanabe his own man -- but honors father's role

Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker Yoshimi Watanabe is an exception to the rule when it comes to discussing his political roots. While many “nisei giin,” or second-generation Diet politicians, dislike being compared with their forebears and thus eschew the topic entirely, Watanabe proudly proclaims that ...

U.S. will welcome Japan input in Iraq: CSIS expert

Mar 30, 2003

U.S. will welcome Japan input in Iraq: CSIS expert

Postwar Iraq will need a heavy American military presence to maintain order, but Japan can also play an important role in providing humanitarian assistance and helping international organizations’ efforts to rebuild the country, according to a senior member of a Washington-based think tank. “Many ...

Mar 27, 2003

Yeltsin to soak up Japan culture

Former Russian President Boris Yeltsin will make a weeklong visit to Japan beginning Monday, and he is likely to boast his improved health while here by eating well and taking in a hot spring resort. Government officials said Wednesday that Yeltsin will arrive aboard ...