National Dec 15, 1997

Election may mean end for Shinshinto

Staff writer A dark cloud hangs over Shinshinto in the runup to its presidential election Thursday. The election, which will be fought between incumbent Ichiro Ozawa and challenger Michihiko Kano, former head of the Management and Coordination Agency, will probably hasten the gradual decay of the ...

National Dec 12, 1997

Turmoil-filled Diet session concludes

Staff writer The 75-day extraordinary Diet session ended Friday after having enacted, among other important bills, a fiscal restraint law and a law to create a mandatory insurance system to provide nursing care for ailing elderly people. Turmoil lingered until the final day when a bill ...

National Oct 16, 1997

Neurologist speaks out as transplant law kicks in

Staff writerDoctors may be committing unforgivable crimes by performing organ transplants from brain-dead donors, a neurology expert warns.Tetsuo Furukawa, a neurology professor in the Department of Allied Health Sciences and Neurology at Tokyo Medical and Dental University, says it still has not been scientifically ...

National Sep 26, 1997

Extraordinary session to be stage for ethics debate

Staff writer The 75-day extraordinary Diet session that starts Sept. 29 might as well be 75 km of rocky detour for Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto, who will try to steer clear of ethics-related debris. Originally the session was to take up a bill to rebuild the ...

National Sep 11, 1997

Factional politics return to sway appointments

Staff writer Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto's reshuffled Cabinet is a mixture of hopes and disappointments. That is because Hashimoto succeeded in appointing some of the ministers on his list but failed to prevent factions within his Liberal Democratic Party from influencing the formation of his third ...

National Sep 8, 1997

Tough challenges await prime minister

Staff writer In contrast to the relative ease with which he managed to keep his post as head of the Liberal Democratic Party, Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto faces a number of challenges in his second term as head of state. He will need strong leadership and ...

National Sep 3, 1997

Stumbling blocks to administrative reform still remain

Staff Writer Although a blue-ribbon government panel on administrative reform released a preliminary report Sept. 3 on streamlining the bureaucracy, the panel still faces a lot of hard work before finalizing the report by November. The Administrative Reform Council, headed by Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto, is ...

National Aug 29, 1997

Blueprint for reform of health system is first step

and YOKO HANI Staff writers The Liberal Democratic Party and its two smaller non-Cabinet allies formally agreed upon a reform plan August 29 that is hoped will save the nation's financially troubled health insurance system. However, the reform plan is merely a blueprint and will need ...

National Aug 13, 1997

Parties and politicians jockey for power

Staff writer The sun is scorching and many people are relaxing on holiday, including Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto. But expectations of political turbulence in the month ahead may be disturbing the calm. Hashimoto interrupted his holiday to have a comprehensive physical checkup, apparently in preparation ...

National Aug 12, 1997

Administrative reform debate intensifies as 11th hour nears

Staff writer Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto's efforts to reform the nation's much-criticized, postwar administrative system will enter a crucial phase in a few weeks. Members of the Administrative Reform Council, including 13 leading intellectuals and prominent figures from the private sector, will pack a Tokyo hotel ...