National / Politics Nov 5, 2016

Farm minister may face a no-confidence motion Tuesday over TPP gaffes

The Democratic Party is considering submitting a no-confidence motion — possibly Tuesday — against the farm minister who made a series of gaffes related to parliamentary proceedings over whether to approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, political sources said Saturday. The minister, Yuji Yamamoto, has ...

Reader Mail Nov 6, 2011

Original sin of Futenma

When U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta came to Japan recently, the first thing he did was to urge Tokyo to move ahead with the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma from overcrowded Ginowan City to Henoko in the northern part of Okinawa ...

Reader Mail Jul 17, 2011

Expectations of special treatment

I was shocked upon reading Satoshi Sato's July 14 letter, " U.S. side of weapons exports," to realize that history is repeating itself. In the 1930s, it was the Japanese-formulated ABCD line (America, Britain, China, the Dutch) that was hemming Japan in. Now, thanks to ...