Posts Tagged ‘ Naoto Kan ’

Kim Jong Il: End of an era – and the start of… what?

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12/19/2011
North Korea missiles

The Dear Leader’s passing leaves many questions to be answered, including ones which are vital to Japan’s defense TOKYO (majirox news) – With so much Japanese printer’s ink having been expended on the threat posed to Japan by North Korea, the reports a few hours ago of the “Dear Leader,” Kim Jong Il’s, demise...
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Noda Cabinet gets voters’ support

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09/04/2011
Prime Minister Yasuhiko Noda

TOKYO (majirox news) — Prime Minister Yasuhiko Noda’s Cabinet has received significant support from voters, according to opinion polls released Sept. 4 by Japan’s major newspapers. The new Cabinet was approved by 65% of voters in a poll by the Yomiuri, 53% in an Asahi survey and 56% in a sample conducted by the...
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Japan only country with new leader speaking to UN each year

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09/02/2011
UN General Assembly

TOKYO (majirox news) — Of the roughly 40 national leaders to have addressed the United Nations General Assembly yearly over the past three years, Japan is the only one to have a different person speak each time, UN records show. And Japan is poised to extend its record if new Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda,...
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Kan to stand down as prime minister

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08/26/2011
Naoto Kan

TOKYO (majirox news) — Prime Minister Naoto Kan kept his word to stand down upon passage through the Diet of a series of bills related to recovery from the March 11 disasters when he resigned as leader of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) on Aug. 26. Kan’s replacement as DPJ president will...
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Maehara joins DPJ leadership race

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08/23/2011
Maehara joins DPJ leadership race

TOKYO (majirox news) — Former Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara announced that he will stand for leadership of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) Aug.23. Maehara leads most opinion polls as voters’ preferred choice to succeed outgoing Prime Minister Naoto Kan, who is expected to stand down by the end of the month. Maehara...
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Fukushima Evacuation Zone areas uninhabitable, PM to apologize

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08/21/2011
Japan extends evacuation areas around Fukushima plant

()TOKYO (majirox news) — Parts of the 20-kilometer (12.42 mile) Evacuation Zone around the radiation-leaking Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant are close to being declared uninhabitable and the ban on entering the area maintained, possibly for decades, according to the Yomiuri newspaper on Aug. 21. Prime Minister Naoto Kan is poised to explain the situation...
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LDP leaders unanimously veto Grand Coalition

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08/18/2011
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TOKYO (majirox news) — Executive members of the opposition Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) are unanimously opposed to forming a Grand Coalition with the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) once Prime Minister Naoto Kan has left office, it was learned Aug. 17. “A Grand Coalition is an exceptional case in exceptional times,” LDP President...
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DPJ squabbles over Grand Coalition proposal

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08/15/2011
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TOKYO (majirox news) — Ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) leaders jostling for position to take over leadership of the party continued Aug. 14 to push the idea of forming a Grand Coalition despite dissent from rank-and-file members and lukewarm response from opposition parties. Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda, a front-runner in the race to...
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PM contender urges Grand Coalition formation

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08/14/2011
Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda

TOKYO (majirox news) — Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda, a front-runner to replace Prime Minister Naoto Kan as president of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), Aug. 13 urged the formation of a national unity government to help recover from the March 11 disasters. “The ruling and opposition parties should have heart-to-heart discussions with...
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Thousands protest TEPCO for compensation

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08/13/2011
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TOKYO (majirox news) — Thousands of farmers demonstrated on Aug. 12 in Tokyo, seeking to put pressure on Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) to pay them compensation. The farmers’ products were affected by Japan’s nuclear crisis at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, following the earthquake and tsunami on March 11. TEPCO is the owner...
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