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 ...

Nov 1, 2005

DPJ backs revision of war-renouncing Article 9, with caveats

The Democratic Party of Japan endorsed on Monday its proposal for amending the war-renouncing Article 9 of the Constitution so it stipulates that the nation can exercise the right to “restrictive” self-defense. The DPJ proposal came a few days after the ruling Liberal Democratic ...

Oct 29, 2005

Nonpartisan panel established to study new war memorial

Senior lawmakers from the ruling coalition and the Democratic Party of Japan on Friday launched a nonpartisan panel to study the feasibility of establishing a new war memorial to bridge the rift between Japan and its neighbors over Yasukuni Shrine. The panel’s establishment comes ...

LDP expels postal rebel Norota

Oct 29, 2005

LDP expels postal rebel Norota

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Friday expelled former farm minister Hosei Norota and punished 49 other lawmakers for voting against Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s postal privatization bills in July. Norota’s expulsion came a week after the LDP kicked out nine other party rebels ...

Oct 29, 2005

LDP revises Article 9 in draft Constitution

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Friday endorsed a new draft Constitution featuring a rewritten version of war-renouncing Article 9 that would officially allow the nation to possess a military for self-defense. The draft was compiled by the LDP’s Constitution drafting committee. It was ...

Oct 22, 2005

LDP expels nine postal reform rebels

defied the party policy by voting against the postal privatization bills and formed new parties to interfere with LDP candidates. Their act was in violation of party discipline,” said Mayumi Moriyama, chairwoman of the 18-member Party Ethics Committee, which made the decision. “They have ...

Visiting Yasukuni is constitutional right: Koizumi

Oct 20, 2005

Visiting Yasukuni is constitutional right: Koizumi

Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on Wednesday rebuffed criticism of his recent Yasukuni Shrine trip, saying visiting the shrine is a right guaranteed by the Constitution. Koizumi made the comments during a one-on-one question period with Democratic Party of Japan leader Seiji Maehara before the ...