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 ...

Maeda eyes Eco-point plan to revive Tohoku

| Sep 13, 2011

Maeda eyes Eco-point plan to revive Tohoku

by Mizuho Aoki

New transport minister Takeshi Maeda says he wants to bring back the Housing Eco-point incentive system to achieve low-carbon, sustainable cities in the quake- and tsunami-hit Tohoku region. During an interview with The Japan Times and other media organizations Thursday, Maeda said he wants ...

Fujimura eyes review of national strategy

| Sep 10, 2011

Fujimura eyes review of national strategy

by Masami Ito

New Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura said Friday the government is planning to set up a panel to discuss a comprehensive national strategy, including the controversial right of collective self-defense and the ban on arms exports. “We are imagining a high-level panel to discuss ...