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NAOTO KAN

Former Prime Minister Naoto Kan delivers a speech during an anti-government rally in Tokyo in October 2017.
JAPAN
Nov 5, 2023
Ex-Prime Minister Kan officially announces he will not run in next Lower House election
Kan named Musashino Mayor Reiko Matsushita as his successor in the Tokyo No. 18 constituency of the lower chamber of the Diet, Japan's parliament.
Former Prime Minister Naoto Kan celebrates on Oct. 23, 2017, after prevailing in a close race in a single-seat constituency in Tokyo in a general election the previous day, winning on the ticket of the then-newly created Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan.
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 3, 2023
With Naoto Kan's exit from the CDP, some see a generational shift
The exit of the former prime minister, a high-profile figure and political veteran from the CDP’s liberal wing, comes at a time of change for the party.
Constitutional Democratic Party member and former Prime Minister Naoto Kan delivers a speech during a rally in Tokyo in October 2017.
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 21, 2023
Ex-Prime Minister Naoto Kan won't run in next general election
The 14-term House of Representatives lawmaker said he is seeking to bring about a generational shift in politics.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 27, 2022
Ex-prime ministers Koizumi and Kan demand EU choose zero nuclear power path
Both Koizumi and Kan were proponents of nuclear power generation while in office, but they have become prominent antinuclear voices in Japan since the 2011 Fukushima disaster.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 19, 2021
Four vie to lead Japan's CDP after election disappointment
Whether or not to cooperate with the Japanese Communist Party will be a top issue for the next leader of the nation's top opposition party.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Oct 28, 2021
Affluent Tokyo suburb shows why Japan’s opposition can’t keep up
Voters have bad memories of when the CDP last ran the country nearly a decade ago, a three-year span that saw three different leaders and a devastating earthquake and tsunami.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Remembering 3/11
Mar 7, 2021
Ten years after Fukushima nuclear disaster, Japan finding path to renewable energy future
Almost immediately after the triple meltdown at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, the shift toward renewable energy sources began to accelerate.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / MEDIA MIX
Mar 21, 2020
Dramatizing the reality of a nuclear meltdown
As with many feature films based on real-life incidents, "Fukushima 50," which opened nationwide March 6 and depicts the actions of the men who struggled to contain the disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant following the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 2011, is a blend of factual exposition...
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JAPAN / Politics
Oct 6, 2017
Lawson, Rakuten join to test drone delivery system in disaster-hit Minamisoma
The new political party formed as a refuge for the liberal wing of the disintegrating main opposition Democratic Party has unveiled a list of 62 candidates that includes former Prime Minister Naoto Kan for the upcoming Lower House election.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / MEDIA MIX
Mar 11, 2017
The first missteps for Japan's first lady
On Feb. 27, Democratic Party lawmaker Kiyomi Tsujimoto submitted questions to the ruling Liberal Democratic Party about the activities of Akie Abe, the wife of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in regard to her relationship with Moritomo Gakuen, a controversial corporate body that wants to build an elementary...
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JAPAN
May 1, 2016
3/11 Prime Minister Kan recognized for efforts to phase-out nuclear power
Former Prime Minister Naoto Kan is honored by Germany for his efforts to phase-out atomic power in Japan after dealing with the March 2011 calamity that included the Fukushima disaster.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 28, 2016
Fukushima nuclear crisis far from over, Kan says
Former Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Tuesday the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant is not over five years since a massive earthquake and tsunami triggered the meltdowns.
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JAPAN
Sep 16, 2015
Former PM Naoto Kan says nuclear power makes little economic sense, must end
Although the first reactor in Japan to be fired up in two years went online last month, former Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Wednesday that Japan needs to seek a nuclear-free path.
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JAPAN / Politics
Dec 15, 2014
Kaieda quits as DPJ chief after humiliating ejection from Diet
Humiliated by the loss of his seat in the Lower House election, Banri Kaieda resigns as president of the Democratic Party of Japan.
JAPAN / Politics / DECISION 2014
Dec 15, 2014
Kan humbled, manages to get last seat in poll
After struggling throughout his campaign, ex-Prime Minister Naoto Kan, a former leader of the Democratic Party of Japan, won the last seat in Sunday's national election, which saw candidates vying for the 475 seats in the Lower House.Like the last election two years ago, Kan lost to his rival from the...
JAPAN
Aug 26, 2014
Kan seeks full disclosure of testimony on nuclear crisis
Former Prime Minister Naoto Kan called Tuesday for the full disclosure of testimony regarding the Fukushima nuclear crisis, including that of plant chief Masao Yoshida.
JAPAN / Politics
Aug 24, 2014
Former Prime Minister Kan urges Australia to stop exporting uranium
Former Prime Minister Naoto Kan has urged Australia to help wean the world off uranium instead of increasing its already considerable exports of the radioactive metal, local media reported over the weekend.
JAPAN
Mar 19, 2014
Former Prime Minister Naoto Kan tells Germans that Fukushima crisis unresolved
Former Prime Minister Naoto Kan told German lawmakers on Tuesday that the Fukushima nuclear crisis remains unresolved, while also criticizing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government for its push to restart reactors.
JAPAN
Feb 27, 2014
Decision not to indict Kan over 3/11 upheld
An independent judicial panel has upheld the Tokyo prosecutors' decision last September not to indict former Prime Minister Naoto Kan and five other people over the disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, panel sources said.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 15, 2013
Kan exhorts Taiwan to ditch nuclear power
Former Prime Minister Naoto Kan urges Taiwan to close all its reactors and explains how his experience with the Fukushima crisis changed his views on atomic energy.

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