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Embattled Your Party head under pressure to resign

Apr 5, 2014

Embattled Your Party head under pressure to resign

Your Party leader Yoshimi Watanabe is increasingly under pressure to step down from the top party post over ¥800 million in loans he borrowed from Yoshiaki Yoshida, chairman of cosmetics maker DHC Corp., shortly before national elections in 2010 and 2012. Keiichiro Asao, secretary-general ...

Apr 4, 2014

Lower House stamps nuclear pacts with Turkey, UAE

The House of Representatives on Friday approved bilateral pacts that authorize the export of Japanese nuclear power plants to Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. The Lower House approved the pacts by majority votes, backed by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and junior partner ...

Apr 4, 2014

Seoul blasts textbook plan

South Korea on Friday criticized a move by Japan to include the government’s territorial claims to two tiny South Korean-held islands in elementary school textbooks. “Our government strongly criticizes the Japanese government’s approval of elementary textbooks that stepped up the level of provocation over ...

Apr 1, 2014

Japan starts compiling minutes of Cabinet meetings

The government began compiling the minutes of Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting in preparation of making them public for the first time. The minutes of each meeting, with date, place, the name of the participants and their statements, will be put on the website of the ...