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Oct 04 U.S. asks Tokyo to pay 1 billion yen for F-35 details (Japan Times)
 The United States has asked Tokyo to pay around �1 billion for information on the capabilities of the stealthy F-35, a leading candidate to replace Japan's aging fighter-jet fleet, sources said Saturday.
Oct 03 China wary of Hatoyama's 'East Asian community' (Japan Times)
 Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama's proposal to create an "East Asian community" along the lines of the European Union has effectively sparked a leadership race between Japan and China in shaping the future of one of the most quickly developing regions in the world. The East Asian community plan has drawn attention since Hatoyama floated it in a meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao in New York on Sept. 21, only five days after taking office and launching his Democratic Party of Japan-led government.
Oct 03 Japan to train former Taliban soldiers (UPI)
 Japan is highlighting its contribution to the international community by providing training to former Taliban soldiers, its foreign ministry announced Friday. The Japanese government says this will support reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan and serve as an alternative to the Maritime Self-Defense Forces refueling mission in the Indian Ocean.
Oct 03 U.S. to give Japan time to assess troop rejig deal: envoy (Reuters)
 The United States wants to give Japan's new government time to review a contentious agreement on rejigging U.S. troops in the country, but thinks an existing deal is the best solution, U.S. ambassador John Roos said on Friday. Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama's Democratic Party took office last month vowing to forge a more independent stance from its close security ally.
Oct 02 70% of Japanese back Hatoyama's CO 2 pledge: survey (Japan Times)
 Seventy percent of Japanese people support a midterm greenhouse gas reduction target of between 25 percent and 40 percent for developed countries, a survey on global warming conducted by a Danish government-backed organization says.
Oct 01 'Space alien' PM Hatoyama meets Wakata, man back from space (AP)
 Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama on Thursday met with Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata, who returned to Japan after completing his four-and-a-half-month stay at the International Space Station in late July. The two men traded jokes about the premier's nickname of "space alien" at the outset of their meeting at the prime minister's office in Tokyo.
Oct 01 Govt faces crucial test over budget funds (Yomiuri)
 Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama's administration is getting into full swing with regard to compiling its budget for fiscal 2010 after finalizing a basic policy toward that task Tuesday. The government has vowed to reduce wasteful spending while also incorporating some special-feature policies into the fiscal 2010 budget. This approach is designed to ensure politicians take the initiative in the budget-formulation process instead of relying on bureaucrats for their expertise.
Sep 30 Eda, 3 DPJ lawmakers pass nightclub fees as political activities costs (AP)
 Fund management bodies of House of Councillors President Satsuki Eda and three senior lawmakers of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan entered nightclub fees as costs for political activities in their annual political funds reports from 2003 to 2007, according to the funds reports.
Sep 30 Dam cancellation leaves local residents high and dry (Japan Times)
 Leading a new life without a dam is an idea that people in this small mountain town in Gunma Prefecture had never thought of before, and many appear unable to think of it even after land minister Seiji Maehara suggested it during his visit there last Wednesday. The visit only highlighted the gaping division between the new government's no-dam policy and residents waiting to get a fresh start alongside the almost 60-year-old Yamba Dam project.
Sep 29 N. Korea says abductions to be discussed with Japan: U.N. source (AP)
 North Korea's vice minister of foreign affairs, Pak Kil Yon, has said that pending issues with Japan including the abduction issue should be discussed with Japan bilaterally, a U.N. diplomatic source said Monday. The remark made in his talks with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon on Sunday indicates that Pyongyang is willing to resume bilateral talks with Japan.
Sep 29 Japan trusts in change (Asia Times)
 An unprecedented change in government has raised speculation about the direction of Japan's foreign policy. The August 30 legislative elections allowed the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) to take control of government for the first time from the long-ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). Japan's democracy is poised for change, but drastic revision of the Japan-US alliance is not in Japan's national interest, is not what the Japanese people voted for, and would seriously distract the new government from other priorities.
Sep 29 Early retirement for bureaucrats faces ax (Yomiuri)
 The government will ban the practice of encouraging early retirement for national civil servants who drop from the promotion race for top bureaucratic posts, the top government spokesman said Monday. Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirofumi Hirano blamed the early retirement system for fueling amakudari, a practice in which bureaucrats parachute into cushy, well-paid jobs after retiring from government offices earlier than the mandatory age of 60.
Sep 29 Japan, China to work together on creating 'East Asia community' (Japan Times)
 Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada and his Chinese counterpart, Yang Jiechi, agreed Monday that the two countries will work together toward the creation of an "East Asian community" for closer regional cooperation. Okada expressed the hope that the initiative will make the 21st century the "era of Asia."
Sep 28 Ex-finance minister takes helm of Japan's LDP (AFP)
 Japan's conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) chose former finance minister Sadakazu Tanigaki as its new leader Monday as it struggles to rebuild itself after last month's crushing election defeat. Tanigaki, 64 -- a known consensus builder and dove in foreign policy who has also held a number of other cabinet posts -- beat younger rivals Taro Kono and Yasutoshi Nishimura, both aged 46.
Sep 28 Ex-Finance Minister Sadakazu Tanigaki becomes new LDP head (Mainichi)
 Former Finance Minister Sadakazu Tanigaki was elected the new president of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) on Monday, as the party starts to recover from its devastating defeat in last month's general election. Tanigaki, 64, garnered 300 of 499 ballots cast in the LDP leadership race to elect the 24th party leader.
Sep 28 Govt 'to let couples use 2 surnames' (Yomiuri)
 The government intends to introduce a system that will give married couples the right to use separate surnames, according to government sources. The government reportedly plans to submit a bill to revise the Civil Code--which stipulates that married couples must have the same surname--to an ordinary session of the Diet next year, at the earliest. If the revision is realized, it would be the first major change to the law in the six decades since its inception.
Sep 27 Taiwan skipper accuses Japan of ramming boat (AFP)
 A Taiwanese skipper held in Japan for alleged illegal fishing accused the country of ramming his boat in disputed waters in the East China sea, reports here said Saturday. Wang Wei-hsin, who returned to Taiwan late Friday after his release on a fine of 300,000 yen (about 3,280 US), insisted that he did not enter Japanese waters, the reports said.
Sep 27 Japan's new PM wins praise on debut (AFP)
 Japan's new prime minister wound up his global debut this week, winning applause from world leaders for his ambitious target on climate change and assuring that US ties were solid. But analysts warned the honeymoon of Yukio Hatoyama's novice government may not last long as he must soon live up to the political consequences of his promises.
Sep 27 PM still cool to extension of MSDF fuel mission (Yomiuri)
 Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama "won't simply extend" the Maritime Self-Defense Force's refueling mission in the Indian Ocean when the law authorizing it expires in January, he said Friday evening in Pittsburgh. Hatoyama suggested Japan could instead help the Afghanistan by providing humanitarian support such as agricultural and vocational training to Afghans.
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