National Topics

Jan 20, 2015

Hosono, Nagatsuma, Renho named as DPJ executives

The Democratic Party of Japan’s new president on Tuesday named Goshi Hosono as party policy chief and appointed Akira Nagatsuma and Renho as deputy presidents. Katsuya Okada’s appointment of prominent party figures presents an image of unity as the DPJ tries to regain public ...

EU welcomes more active Japanese security role

Jan 20, 2015

EU welcomes more active Japanese security role

European Union foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini on Monday welcomed Japan’s desire to play a greater role in regional and global security, calling the nation a “key” ally of the EU. Last week, the Cabinet requested the nation’s largest-ever defense budget, reflecting Prime Minister ...

In Israel, Abe says Japan is committed to Mideast peace

Jan 19, 2015

In Israel, Abe says Japan is committed to Mideast peace

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, said Monday their two countries will strengthen cooperation in countering cyberattacks and promote exchanges between defense officials. The leaders, meeting in Jerusalem for a second straight day, also reaffirmed close cooperation regarding peace and ...

DPJ faces unity test over national security

| Jan 19, 2015

DPJ faces unity test over national security

Following the Democratic Party of Japan’s election of veteran member Katsuya Okada as leader on Sunday, the fractured group faces a real test of unity over national security. The internal election revealed wide gaps among candidates over key policies, including coming to the aid ...

Jan 19, 2015

New DPJ head Okada to retain Edano as secretary-general

Katsuya Okada, the Democratic Party of Japan’s new leader, said Monday he will retain Yukio Edano as party secretary-general. “He is trustworthy and has a balanced mind,” Okada told reporters. He was speaking a day after winning the party’s presidential election in a runoff ...