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 ...

Edano won't rush restarts

| Sep 17, 2011

Edano won't rush restarts

by Kazuaki Nagata

Newly appointed trade and industry minister Yukio Edano said he won’t set a time frame for deciding whether to restart halted nuclear reactors currently undergoing stress tests. “Rather than setting a time frame, we need to go through a careful process to gain the ...

Hosono to reshape nuclear policy

| Sep 13, 2011

Hosono to reshape nuclear policy

by Setsuko Kamiya

New Environment Minister Goshi Hosono has vowed to reduce Japan’s reliance on nuclear power but has said that halted reactors that pass stringent safety tests may be restarted if the nation’s energy needs are not being met. The 40-year-old Hosono, who is doubling as ...