National Aug 27, 2014

Kono statement won't be replaced, Suga says

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga rejected on Tuesday a request from a ruling party colleague to issue a new document next year to replace a 1993 apology over women who were forced to work in Japanese wartime military brothels, ruling bloc lawmakers said. Suga was ...

National / Politics Aug 20, 2014

Cabinet may top record for women

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to have at least five female ministers in his Cabinet following a reshuffle that will take place in the first week of September, according to government and ruling party sources. Abe recently told his close aides that he wants to ...

LDP policy chief retracts Fukushima comments

National / Politics Jun 20, 2013

LDP policy chief retracts Fukushima comments

by Reiji Yoshida

Facing flak from both the opposition — and her own party — Sanae Takaichi, policy chief for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, retracted earlier remarks that no one was killed in the 2011 Fukushima meltdowns and that the government should restart reactors nationwide. Takaichi told ...

National Jun 19, 2013

Meltdowns haven't killed anyone: LDP bigwig

by Reiji Yoshida

Liberal Democratic Party policy chief Sanae Takaichi has created a stir by saying the 2011 Fukushima meltdowns didn't kill anyone and arguing the government should restart reactors nationwide given Japan's scarce energy resources. Delivering a speech in Kobe on Monday, Takaichi said the crisis at ...