Tamogami — history again retold

| Nov 11, 2008

Tamogami — history again retold

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Ousted Air Self-Defense Force Chief of Staff Gen. Toshio Tamogami’s war essay justifying Japan’s aggression in China and colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula has stirred controversy both at home and abroad. More is in store as he is set to give unsworn testimony ...

| Oct 25, 2008

Lowdown on bank-aid bill

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The credit crunch brought about by the collapse of the U.S. housing market is spreading throughout the world and has begun choking off funding to small and midsize Japanese companies. Fearing the squeeze will accelerate bankruptcies of smaller firms, especially in rural regions, the ...

Aso's team digging for 'buried funds'

| Oct 23, 2008

Aso's team digging for 'buried funds'

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With Prime Minister Taro Aso’s government and ruling coalition lawmakers busy compiling a second economic stimulus package by the end of this month, the latest political catchphrase has become “Kasumigaseki maizokin,” or buried funds in the Kasumigaseki district, the seat of the central government. ...

| Jul 17, 2008

Isle row with Seoul a longtime affair

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Japan announced this week that a new supplementary education guideline will describe South Korea-controlled islets in the Sea of Japan, which Seoul calls the East Sea, as part of Japanese territory. The move enraged South Korea, which recalled its ambassador to Japan. Following are ...

Steady now: quick tips on quake preparation

| Jul 12, 2008

Steady now: quick tips on quake preparation

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Earthquakes are a fact of life in Japan. Only one month ago, a 7.2-magnitude temblor and a number of aftershocks struck the Tohoku region, killing 13 in Fukushima, Miyagi and Iwate prefectures and leaving 10 still listed as missing in Miyagi and Akita prefectures. ...

| Apr 8, 2008

Japan must put TICAD ball in play

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Japan held the first Tokyo International Conference on African Development in 1993 to get the international community to reengage with poverty-stricken Africa. Since then, Japan has hosted the TICAD meetings every five years. The fourth will be held in Yokohama in late May amid ...

Road taxes: Pork-barrel or necessity?

| Jan 30, 2008

Road taxes: Pork-barrel or necessity?

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The government submitted a tax reform bill to the Diet Jan. 23 that includes a clause to continue the provisional higher rates imposed on auto-related levies for another 10 years, drawing opposition from the Democratic Party of Japan, which wants the higher rates that ...

| Jan 3, 2008

G8 summit to showcase environment technologies

Known for its cool summers and snowy winters, Hokkaido, the venue of the Group of Eight summit in July, is blessed with a rich natural environment and vast landscapes. It is a popular destination for nature lovers and people looking for outdoor activities such ...