Hata to go full throttle on Yanba Dam

| Jun 9, 2012

Hata to go full throttle on Yanba Dam

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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 outlets ...

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 Tokyo-based ...

Matsubara ready for results on abductions

| Jan 25, 2012

Matsubara ready for results on abductions

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Jin Matsubara, newly appointed minister in charge of the North Korean abduction issue, hopes to take advantage of the helm change in Pyongyang to resolve the dispute, which has raged for decades. The government officially lists 17 Japanese as being abducted, including five who were ...

Edano won't rush restarts

| Sep 17, 2011

Edano won't rush restarts

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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 understanding ...