Posts Tagged ‘ Yoshihiko Noda ’

Party leaders clash over Japan’s economic and nuclear future

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12/01/2012
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A debate was held at the Japan National Press Club between the leaders of the different parties contesting next month’s parliamentary election. The main focus was on the leaders of the two major parties, the ruling Democratic Party of Japan and the opposition Liberal Democratic Party, but nine other smaller parties and groupings made...
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Japan Prime Minister dissolves parliament, calls for elections

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Japan’s Prime Minister, Yoshihiko Noda, has called a general election on December 16, slightly more than a year after taking office. This is part of a bargain made by Noda with the main opposition parties in exchange for support in passing legislation, including a deficit financing bill and electoral reforms, that Noda deems necessary...
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LDP candidates talk tough on China, economy

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09/16/2012
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Japan’s politics take on a new twist later this month. The once-invincible Liberal Democratic Party of Japan, LDP, now the largest opposition party, will meet to choose a new leader. The winner could end up as the next Prime Minister of Japan in the next few months, which makes for an interesting race. TOKYO...
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Japan anti-nuclear protestors battle Noda’s government on nuclear policy

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08/30/2012
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TOKYO (majirox news) — Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s Cabinet is swaying on its nuclear policy The administration is being pulled in two directions as it explores the future of nuclear energy in Japan. Noda asked his ministers on August 28 to examine the effects of a non-nuclear Japan in 2030. On the same day,...
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In a new move, Japan purchases Chinese national bonds

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03/24/2012
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TOKYO (majirox news) — Japan has been cleared for the first time to buy 10.3 billion dollars worth of Chinese government bonds. Unlike many other countries, China does not allow foreign investors to freely purchase its debt, but requires purchasers to be approved by Beijing. According to Japanese Finance Minister Jun Azumi, Japan had...
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Japan faces hard choices on Iran sanctions

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01/10/2012
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TOKYO (majirox news) — Japan has found itself in a tight spot as the United States and Europe try to coerce Japan to go along with the expected oil embargo against Iran. Japan relies on Iran for approximately 10 percent of its crude oil imports, and although Japan is looking for alternative supplies, going...
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Kim Jong Il: End of an era – and the start of… what?

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12/19/2011
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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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Minister says Fukushima cold shutdown faster than planned

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09/20/2011
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VIENNA (majirox news) — Nuclear Disaster Minister Goshi Hosono told the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) annual meeting Sept. 19 that a “cold shutdown” of the radiation oozing Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant would be achieved “within this year,” slightly ahead of schedule. Originally, plans suggested the shutdown would not be achieved until January next...
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Noda apologizes for gov’t response to Fukushima

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09/09/2011
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FUKUSHIMA (majirox news) — Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda apologized Sept. 8 for the national government’s inadequate response to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear crisis. Noda bowed deeply in apology before a meeting with Fukushima Gov. Yuhei Sato, telling him that a visit to the radiation-spewing plant earlier in the day had showed him the enormity...
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Noda considers China trip in October

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09/08/2011
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TOKYO (majirox news) — Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda is planning to visit China in early October for talks with Chinese President Hu Jintao, the government said Sept. 7. Noda spoke to Chinese Premier Wen Jinbao by phone on Sept. 6 and promised he would visit China at the soonest possible opportunity that was mutually...
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