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Veteran lawmaker Asao to run in Your Party leadership race

A veteran lawmaker of Your Party said Wednesday he will run in the upcoming party leadership election after its chief resigned over a money scandal. “We must protect the party,” Keiichiro Asao, the party’s secretary-general, said at a press conference announcing his candidacy in the election to be held Friday. ...

Koizumi, Hosokawa to set up anti-nuclear forum

Apr 15, 2014

Koizumi, Hosokawa to set up anti-nuclear forum

Former Prime Ministers Junichiro Koizumi and Morihiro Hosokawa will establish an anti-nuclear power forum in May to promote research into renewable energy and support anti-nuclear candidates in elections, sources said Tuesday. The inaugural meeting will be held May 7, according to the sources. Hosokawa, ...

Apr 15, 2014

Obama to visit from April 23-25

U.S. President Barack Obama will visit Japan for three days from April 23 on the first leg of a weeklong Asian tour that will also take him to South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines, the White House said Monday. Obama will move on to ...

Apr 12, 2014

Sun, sand, summit: Abe plans euro-tour

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit six European countries between April 29 and May 8, government officials said. During the tour, Abe will meet with European leaders to discuss mainly the situation in Ukraine and measures to bolster Japan’s cooperation with the region, the ...

Apr 10, 2014

Japan, China navy chiefs set to meet for talks

The chief of the Maritime Self-Defense Force is expected to meet China’s top naval officer during a trip to attend an international symposium later this month, a Japanese government source has said. The meeting of Adm. Katsutoshi Kawano, the MSDF’s chief of staff, and ...

Apr 10, 2014

DPJ exec backs LDP's 'limited' collective defense plan

A Democratic Party of Japan official told reporters in Washington on Wednesday that the major opposition party should support the proposal on legalizing Japan’s “limited” use of the right to collective self-defense. DPJ Deputy Secretary-General Akihisa Nagashima was referring to the proposal made late ...