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CABINET INTERVIEW

Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / CABINET INTERVIEW
Aug 23, 2017
Kono warns of 'loopholes' in North Korea sanctions, urges strict implementation
Newly appointed Foreign Minister Taro Kono on Tuesday advocated for the "strict and thorough" implementation of U.N. sanctions against North Korea to further squeeze the reclusive regime, saying "loopholes" undercutting their effect must be eliminated.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / CABINET INTERVIEW
Sep 2, 2016
Drop in budget request unrelated to base feud, new Okinawa affairs minister says
The Cabinet Office's decision to request a smaller budget for Okinawan development isn't due to the political tension with Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga, but because Tokyo has a tight budget and Naha still has funds leftover from last year, the new state minister in charge of Okinawa affairs said in a joint interview.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy / CABINET INTERVIEW
Aug 31, 2016
New regional revitalization minister defends Abenomics, denies policy mix has plateaued
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's newly appointed regional revitalization minister, Kozo Yamamoto, has argued that the leader's Abenomics economic policy mix has not plateaued but is merely returning to its original form, one that combines financial and fiscal measures.
Japan Times
JAPAN / CABINET INTERVIEW
Aug 23, 2016
New justice minister gearing up to tackle hate speech, discrimination
With the anti-hate speech law now on the books after its passage in May, new Justice Minister Katsutoshi Kaneda said Tuesday his ministry will accelerate efforts to eliminate discrimination against people because of their race or nationality.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / CABINET INTERVIEW
Aug 18, 2016
Hawkish education chief Matsuno to uphold government line on 'comfort women'
New education chief Hirokazu Matsuno claims he stands by the government's take on history, including the 'comfort women,' while Korean media call the suspected revisionist a hawk.
Japan Times
JAPAN / CABINET INTERVIEW
Aug 5, 2016
Japan's new environment minister pledges to build trust, contaminated waste storage facility in Fukushima
Newly appointed Environment Minister Koichi Yamamoto said Friday he will further efforts to build trust with people in Fukushima Prefecture to facilitate a stalled project to build a temporary nuclear storage facility.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / CABINET INTERVIEW
Aug 4, 2016
Japan's new defense chief dodges questions on Yasukuni, reverses position on nuclear weapons
Newly appointed Defense Minister Tomomi Inada on Thursday refused to clarify her position on sensitive historical issues, insisting she is "not in a position" to express her views on Japan's wars against China and the Allied powers in the 1930s and '40s.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy / CABINET INTERVIEW
Feb 18, 2016
New economic minister Ishihara believes recovery underway
Facing reporters in one of his first interviews since being named Economic and Fiscal Policy Minister, Nobuteru Ishihara said Wednesday the economy is making a steady recovery despite recent sharp falls in stock prices and the negative growth logged in the final three months of 2015.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / CABINET INTERVIEW
Oct 28, 2015
Okinawa affairs minister says Futenma, U.S. military issues outside her mandate
In the Oct. 7 Cabinet reshuffle, Aiko Shimajiri, an Upper House lawmaker elected from the prefecture, was tasked with the key portfolio of minister in charge of Okinawa issues. But in a Wednesday interview, she avoided discussing the top issue facing Tokyo and Okinawa: the controversial relocation of a U.S. base.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / CABINET INTERVIEW
Oct 24, 2015
New justice minister pledges tighter immigration control at airports amid an increase in tourists
Amid a surge in foreign tourists, newly appointed Justice Minister Mitsuhide Iwaki said Friday that tightening immigration control at airports is one of the ministry's most urgent priorities.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / CABINET INTERVIEW
Oct 23, 2015
Kono flags crackdown on expat 'welfare cheats'
The government considers toughening eligibility requirements for welfare benefits in a move that could affect a number of foreign residents.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / CABINET INTERVIEW
Oct 9, 2015
Returning economy chief Amari fires TPP warning shot across Clinton's bow
If Hillary Clinton becomes president and tries to renegotiate the hard-earned Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, it would disgrace the dignity of the United States, Japan's chief trade negotiator warned in an interview with The Japan Times and other media outlets Friday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / CABINET INTERVIEW
Oct 9, 2015
New environment chief vows to engage communities targeted for nuclear waste facility
Newly appointed Environment Minister Tamayo Marukawa says the ministry will continue to lobby Fukushima residents to back the construction of storage and disposal facilities for radioactive waste generated by the Fukushima nuclear crisis.
Japan Times
JAPAN / CABINET INTERVIEW
Oct 25, 2014
'No change' in atomic restart policy, says new industry minister
New industry minister Yoichi Miyazawa said Thursday he will try to persuade residents near the Sendai nuclear plant in Kagoshima Prefecture why its two reactors should no longer stand idle.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / CABINET INTERVIEW
Sep 17, 2014
Foreign Ministry officials to meet with abductees' families
Japan's newly appointed minister in charge of the abduction issue says the government will arrange a meeting on Friday with families of the victims, in response to their request for a direct explanation about the status of negotiations with North Korea.
Japan Times
JAPAN / CABINET INTERVIEW
Sep 12, 2014
Matsushima stays course on death penalty but targets rape
Newly appointed Justice Minister Midori Matsushima on Thursday backed the death penalty as a deterrent against crime and said she planned to stiffen the penalty for rape and bolster immigration staff.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / CABINET INTERVIEW
Sep 8, 2014
Eto pledges to move quickly on Futenma relocation
New Defense Minister Akinori Eto says he will make every effort to achieve the “earliest possible” relocation of the Futenma base to the proposed site further north on Okinawa Island.
Japan Times
JAPAN / CABINET INTERVIEW
Jan 19, 2013
Hague treaty not priority, past bill needs study: Tanigaki
Although the Liberal Democratic Party-led government is moving toward signing the Hague Convention on cross-border parental child abductions, the issue may not be a priority in the next ordinary Diet session, Justice Minister Sadakazu Tanigaki said.
JAPAN / CABINET INTERVIEW
Jan 13, 2013
Reform minister may target power monopolies
The government plans to set up a panel this month to review regulations that may be blocking industrial growth, especially in the fields of energy, environmental technology and medical care, said Tomomi Inada, state minister in charge of regulatory reform.
Japan Times
MULTIMEDIA / CABINET INTERVIEW
Jan 1, 2013
Next BOJ governor must share 'sense of crisis,' Amari says
Whoever is appointed Bank of Japan governor in April should be able to communicate well with the markets and share a keen sense of crisis with the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, new economic revitalization minister Akira Amari said.

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