Sep 3, 1999

Japan urged to see Taiwan as own entity

Staff writer TAIPEI — Japan should recognize that Taiwan currently exists as a separate political entity from China, and it should help persuade China that maintaining a friendly relationship with Taiwan will benefit both sides of the Taiwan Strait, a leading Taiwanese businessman said ...

Aug 31, 1999

LDP race unofficially under way

Staff writer The secretary of a veteran Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker recently received a phone call from Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi. It came immediately after her boss expressed his faction’s support for the prime minister in an interview with a major newspaper, and Obuchi ...

Aug 12, 1999

Lawmaker urges halt in cash flow to North Korea

Staff writer Japan should suspend remittances to North Korea as a strong warning to Pyongyang to not test-launch another ballistic missile, according to Shinzo Abe, a Lower House legislator of the Liberal Democratic Party. “Although what we really need is a stick-and-carrot approach, our ...

Jul 23, 1999

LDP may have to walk political tightrope

Staff writers New Komeito, the second-largest opposition party, is expected to formally decide to join the ruling bloc at its party convention today, paving the way for Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi’s Liberal Democratic Party to secure a broader and more stable power base for ...

Jul 22, 1999

No national consensus on national symbols

Staff writers Although the Lower House approved a bill Thursday to legally recognize the Hinomaru as the national flag and “Kimigayo” as the anthem, the government’s rush to ram the bill through the chamber has highlighted the divisions, rather than solidarity, of the populace ...

Jun 17, 1999

DPJ slumping in face of alliance

In sharp contrast to the governing Liberal Democratic Party, which is flexing more political muscle as it woos New Komeito to join the ruling coalition, the Democratic Party of Japan seems to be at a loss on how to find a way to shore ...

Jun 10, 1999

Analysis: Lofty administrative goals not attained by bills

It has been said that the two sets of administrative reform bills moving on to the Upper House will bring about Japan’s most sweeping reforms in 100 years and end the bureaucracy’s dominance over the administration. In truth, the bills’ effect will most likely ...

May 25, 1999

New Defense Role: Next step is to free up SDF

Staff writer Will the Self-Defense Forces be able to act swiftly in case of a terrorist attack or aggression by another country against Japan? Now that the bills to cover the updated Japan-U.S. defense cooperation guidelines have been approved by the Diet, some politicians ...

May 21, 1999

Prime minister's quarters to get update

Staff writer Former Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa remembers enjoying tea often in the courtyard of the Prime Minister’s Official Residence and serving espresso to important guests in his office when he was prime minister. But there were problems with the residence. “The prime minister’s ...

May 3, 1999

Kan's policy quest undeterred despite party's slump

Staff writer Democratic Party of Japan leader Naoto Kan is secretly called the “destroyer” among the nation’s business circles for his revisionist views and advocacy toward an overhaul of the nation’s political and administrative systems. “If the DPJ becomes the ruling power, it will ...