Onodera to review defense plans, up spending

| Dec 31, 2012

Onodera to review defense plans, up spending

by Ayako Mie

Amid China’s military rise and the continued threat from North Korea, new Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera has vowed to bolster Japan’s defensive capabilities by reviewing its strategies, increasing the defense budget and revising the guidelines in place with the United States. Onodera said in ...

Hata to go full throttle on Yanba Dam

| Jun 9, 2012

Hata to go full throttle on Yanba Dam

by Mizuho Aoki

New infrastructure minister Yuichiro Hata plans to pick up where his predecessor left off and to controversially proceed with the stop-start Yanba Dam project in Gunma Prefecture. “There is no change in policy” over the dam, Hata said during a group interview with media ...

Farm chief confirms classified papers leak

| Jun 8, 2012

Farm chief confirms classified papers leak

Classified ministry documents were leaked to the head of a Japanese export-promotion group who spoke often with a Chinese diplomat suspected of spying, according to new farm minister Akira Gunji. “I’ve heard that several kinds of documents were leaked” to the head of the ...