Maehara raps Koizumi's policy toward U.S., Asia

Dec 18, 2005

Maehara raps Koizumi's policy toward U.S., Asia

Democratic Party of Japan leader Seiji Maehara said Saturday that Japan should place strong emphasis on its relations with other Asian countries, criticizing Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi for leaning too much on ties with the United States. Maehara made the comment in his speech ...

LDP, at 50, goes after Constitution

Nov 23, 2005

LDP, at 50, goes after Constitution

Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi pledged Tuesday to put the nation on a reform path to meet the challenge of a rapidly changing world, and to this end presented his party’s blueprint to amend the Constitution for the first time to bring the charter in ...

LDP at 50 still rules, Koizumi permitting

Nov 23, 2005

LDP at 50 still rules, Koizumi permitting

The Liberal Democratic Party celebrated its 50th anniversary Tuesday and vowed to press ahead with reforms. The party declared that it must steer structural reforms in the same way the nation undertook bold changes during the Meiji Restoration in the 19th century and after ...

Nakasone hits Koizumi populism, Yasukuni visits

Nov 23, 2005

Nakasone hits Koizumi populism, Yasukuni visits

Former Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone warned the half-century-old Liberal Democratic Party against “pandering” to populism and urged it to hammer out far-sighted policies. He also said Class-A war criminals should no longer be honored at Yasukuni Shrine, and believes prime ministers should refrain from ...

Nov 11, 2005

New Rengo leader wants to mend fence with DPJ

, said in an interview Wednesday with The Japan Times. “As long as (such discussions) are held, I’m not at all worried about our relationship with the DPJ,” he said. Takagi’s remarks came on the heels of recent comments by DPJ leader Seiji Maehara, ...

Nov 5, 2005

Tsushima named to head former Hashimoto faction

The Liberal Democratic Party faction once led by former Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto chose ex-health minister Yuji Tsushima on Friday as its new chief, ending a leadership vacuum that existed since July 2004 in the wake of a political donation scandal. The Lower House ...

Rookie Katayama named to high-ranking post

Nov 3, 2005

Rookie Katayama named to high-ranking post

Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on Wednesday named new lawmaker Satsuki Katayama as parliamentary secretary to the trade minister among his appointments of 22 senior vice ministers and 26 parliamentary secretaries. The appointment of the 46-year-old Katayama, a former Finance Ministry bureaucrat, follows the only ...

Nov 2, 2005

Conservatives fight secular war memorial

A nonpartisan group of 233 conservative lawmakers adopted a resolution Tuesday against establishing a secular memorial for the war dead. The Diet Members’ Committee of Japan Conference, headed by Takeo Hiranuma, a former trade minister, also expressed support for Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s annual ...

Nov 2, 2005

Suzuki gets manual, mocks ministry 'secrets'

House of Representatives member Muneo Suzuki said Tuesday he has received a copy of the so-called Muneo manual drafted by the Foreign Ministry to instruct its officials on how to deal with the lawmaker who once wielded enormous influence with the ministry. Responding to ...