Dec 10, 2015

Ex-Prime Minister Koizumi slams Abe's 'forceful' approach

Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has criticized incumbent Shinzo Abe’s political stance, calling it “forceful” in an interview with a monthly magazine that hit newsstands Thursday. “He always gets things done forcefully,” Koizumi argued. “He appears to be in a rush.” Referring to the ...

Ex-PMs visit Hakodate to stop nuke plant

Oct 29, 2015

Ex-PMs visit Hakodate to stop nuke plant

Former prime ministers Junichiro Koizumi and Morihiro Hosokawa on Thursday visited the northern Japanese city of Hakodate in response to it filing a lawsuit to suspend the construction of a nearby nuclear power plant. The two former prime ministers, who have become stern anti-nuclear ...

Mar 29, 2015

Focus: Japan's long wait to address U.S. Congress

Washington honors its closest friends by inviting their leaders to address a joint meeting of Congress. But until Thursday, when House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner invited Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, no Japanese leader had been invited. That’s striking considering the tight Japan-U.S. alliance ...

Oct 22, 2014

Ex-PM Koizumi raps Abe's aim to revive nuclear power

Junichiro Koizumi, known as a firm opponent of nuclear power following the 2011 Fukushima triple meltdown, on Wednesday criticized Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s policy to revive the country’s fleet of idled nuclear reactors. “The government says Japan has the world’s toughest safety standards for ...

Ex-prime ministers call for nuclear-free Japan at rock festival

Sep 30, 2014

Ex-prime ministers call for nuclear-free Japan at rock festival

Two former prime ministers who have become anti-nuclear campaigners in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima disaster joined a rock festival in Tokyo that brought together musicians opposed to atomic energy. “We must create a country where nuclear power generation is zero,” Junichiro Koizumi ...

Ex-leaders revive no-nukes crusade

May 7, 2014

Ex-leaders revive no-nukes crusade

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Three months after his defeat in the Tokyo gubernatorial race, former Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa has teamed up once again with fellow ex-Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to renew their effort to abolish nuclear power, even as the central government takes steps to revive it. ...