National | CABINET PROFILE Oct 8, 2004

Hosoda backs down on North threats

by Reiji Yoshida

Japan will not impose economic sanctions on North Korea as long as it remains committed to solving issues related to the abduction of Japanese nationals by Pyongyang agents, according to Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiroyuki Hosoda. But Hosoda, a key policy formulator in long-standing talks with ...

National | CABINET PROFILE Sep 11, 1997

Ex-convict picked to drive reform

by Yosuke Naito

Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto late Sept. 11 reshuffled his Cabinet, retaining three key ministers and giving in to pressure to appoint Koko Sato, a veteran politician convicted of bribery, to the new lineup comprising 20 Liberal Democratic Party members. Sato, as director general of the ...