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Japan reacts to Obama's Nobel Peace Prize

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Taking up herewith Political Trend News by Media in Japan in last week.
Japanese Political Trend will be read via these News.
Interested in News titled "Japan reacts to Obama's Nobel Peace Prize (examiner.com)" and etc. 
Anyway I was surprised to hear Obama's Nobel Prize.
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Oct 11 Japan reacts to Obama's Nobel Peace Prize (examiner.com)
 "I'm truly happy," Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama commented to reporters about President Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize, "I want to congratulate him from the bottom of my heart." The sentiment expressed by the Prime Minister follows the general feeling in Japan about the surprising award decision.
Oct 11 Govt ponders delay in defense programs (Yomiuri)
 The government is considering postponing formulation of the next National Defense Program Outline and the midterm defense buildup program until the end of next year, tasks that initially had been planned for completion by the end of this year, sources said. The Prime Minister's Office and the Defense Ministry have been busy drafting the budget for next fiscal year.
Oct 11 Rengo, DPJ cozy up under new leadership (Yomiuri)
 The Japanese Trade Union Confederation (Rengo), the nation's largest labor organization, is cozying up to the Democratic Party of Japan as it seeks to have its wishes reflected in government policy.
Oct 10 Japan aims to confirm with China, S. Korea to work via 6-way talks (AP)
 Japan hopes to reaffirm Saturday with China and South Korea plans to seek a comprehensive solution to the North Korean nuclear, ballistic missile and abduction issues while keeping alive the stalled six-party denuclearization process. At a trilateral summit meeting in Beijing, Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama also plans to call on his Chinese and South Korean counterparts to begin concrete consultations to advance his "East Asian community" initiative, which is modeled on the European Union.
Oct 10 Govt plans to freeze 48 dam projects (Yomiuri)
 The government plans to temporarily freeze 48 out of 56 dam construction projects being carried out by the central government and the Japan Water Agency, Construction and Transport Minister Seiji Maehara said Friday. The eight dam projects that will not be frozen include those involving improvement work to existing dams.
Oct 10 Cabinet legal adviser to cease speaking in Diet (Yomiuri)
 Democratic Party of Japan Secretary General Ichiro Ozawa says he will stop the Cabinet Legislation Bureau's director general, who is responsible for providing the government's interpretation of the Constitution and laws, from replying to questions posed in the Diet. Ozawa's move comes as a part of the DPJ's Diet reform measures.
Oct 10 Has Ozawa's grip on DPJ power tightened? (Yomiuri)
 The Democratic Party of Japan has finally revamped its internal leadership framework after arduous negotiations following its resounding victory in the Aug. 30 House of Representatives election. The new party leadership comprises far more members of the House of Councillors than has previously been the case, and shows a clear concentration of decision-making power in the hands of DPJ Secretary General Ichiro Ozawa with a view to ensuring the party's victory in next summer's upper house election.
Oct 09 Taiwan-Japan ties advancing: president (etaiwannews.com)
 President Ma Ying-jeou hailed advancing Japan-Taiwan ties Thursday and expressed hope that a "special partnership" relationship can help further two-way ties on the back of the major breakthroughs achieved since his inauguration in May 2008. Ma made the remarks when receiving a delegation at the Presidential Office of dietmen from Japan's lower house led by Nakatsugawa Hirosato of the Democratic Party of Japan.
Oct 08 Haraguchi positive on granting foreigners local voting rights (AP)
 Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Kazuhiro Haraguchi showed a positive stance Thursday over a proposal to give voting rights to foreign nationals with permanent residency in gubernatorial, mayoral and local assembly elections in Japan. There are an estimated 400,000 Koreans with permanent residency status in Japan. South Korea has asked Japan to provide them with local voting rights.
Oct 08 Japan favours Australian inclusion in East Asia community (The Australian)
 Australia should belong to the "East Asia community" envisaged by the new Japanese government, Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada said yesterday. Whether or not the Hatoyama government's East Asian ideal encompasses Australia has been a matter of confusion in the administration's early weeks and still, "many people have many different ideas", Mr Okada said.
Oct 08 Obama to visit Japan, Singapore, China and South Korea (Reuters)
 U.S. President Barack Obama will travel to Japan, Singapore, China and South Korea in mid-November, the White House said on Wednesday. Obama will leave Washington on November 11 and go to Japan on November 12-13, where he will meet for a second time with Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama.
Oct 08 Govt to change power purchase system (Yomiuri)
 Japan's system of buying up all electricity generated by renewable energy sources has come into the spotlight as Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama made an international pledge that the nation would cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent from the 1990 level by 2020. Expectations are running high that implementation of the system will promote the use of renewable energy sources, including sunlight and wind, which produce no gas emissions.
Oct 07 Japan: US troop burden on Okinawa needs easing (AP)
 Japan's new foreign minister said Wednesday that he wants to review the deployment of U.S. troops in his country to ease the burden on the people of Okinawa and ensure that the American military presence in Japan endures. Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada also said Wednesday that North Korea and the possible creation of an East Asian community were likely to top the agenda at a summit this weekend among the leaders of Japan, China and South Korea.
Oct 07 Capitalism raises murder rate, says Shizuka Kamei, Japan's Finance Minister (Times Online)
 Shizuka Kamei, Japan's new Financial Services Minister, has launched an "astonishing", full-frontal assault on corporate Japan, in which he charged the country's largest companies with raising the national rate of family murders. The domestic murder rate has advanced in Japan, he said, "because companies have stopped treating humans the way they should be treated".
Oct 07 New Japan govt has problems with chain of command (Reuters)
 Japan's outspoken banking regulator, Shizuka Kamei, known for his anti-market rhetoric, is proving a serious thorn in the side of new Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama's government just three weeks after it took power. While Kamei may be an extreme case, Hatoyama's Democratic Party-led government could face similar, if less jarring, headaches as it introduces a new governing style that puts politicians in the driver's seat when it comes to making policy.
Oct 07 Hard road to banning donations from firms (Yomiuri)
 It will be no easy task for the Democratic Party of Japan to achieve its goal of banning political donations from corporations and other organizations, as indicated by its latest political funding report, which shows that such donations make up a considerable percentage of DPJ lawmakers' political funds. Political fund reports for 2008 submitted by Monday to the central and local governments showed that donations from companies and nonpolitical organizations accounted for an average of 10 percent of the political funds of DPJ members of the House of Representatives and 15 percent among Liberal Democratic Party members.
Oct 06 Political funds collected down in 2008, remain 30% below 1998 level (AP)
 Funds raised by political parties and groups across Japan in 2008 totaled 253.7 billion yen, down 11 percent from the previous year and 30 percent below the peak level in 1998, reflecting economic downturn and lack of a national election that triggers massive fundraising, government reports showed Monday. Expenditures dropped by 23 percent to 237.2 billion yen, equivalent to two-thirds of the peak figure in 1991, according to the reports on political funds submitted to central and local governments.
Oct 06 Politics meets porn in Japan (Global Post)
 Japanese reporters and political commentators have dubbed the DPJ's 26 new female Diet members, many of them young and attractive, the "Ozawa girls" after former party boss Ichiro Ozawa, mastermind of the campaign strategy. In addition to Isogai, the group includes a former sex-industry reporter who has appeared in a provocative photo spread and an erotic movie; a pretty former television reporter; and a 28-year-old activist who gained celebrity after leading a well-publicized legal battle against the government after contracting hepatitis C from a tainted blood transfusion.
Oct 06 Abnormalities found in Nakagawa's blood vessels (Yomiuri)
 A police autopsy has revealed several abnormalities in the cardiovascular system of former Finance Minister Shoichi Nakagawa, who was found dead at his home in Setagaya Ward, Tokyo, on Sunday morning, it has been learned. Traces of alcohol also were detected in his blood. Traces of vomit were found on the bed and various prescription medicines, including sleeping pills, were found at his home.
Oct 05 Support for Japan PM high but headaches ahead (Reuters)
 Support for Japan's new cabinet is riding high at 71 percent, but in one sign of possible trouble ahead, the same percentage of voters are unhappy with the prime minister's explanation of funding scandal, a survey showed on Monday. Hatoyama acknowledged in June that his aide had misreported some donations, but said the money came from his personal funds.
Oct 05 DPJ's deeds of decadence still lag LDP legacy (Tokyo Reporter)
 Following an article in the Mainichi Shimbun (Sep. 30) that detailed expense claims for adult entertainment by the offices of Democratic Party of Japan members, evening tabloid Nikkan Gendai (Oct. 2) finds that the DPJ has a lot of catching up to do in becoming Japan's premier perv party. The newspaper revealed that 5.82 million yen in taxpayers' money was used, and designated as being for "political purposes," between 2003 and 2007 by the offices of five senior members of the newly elected DPJ at various kyabakura and hostess bars.
Oct 04 Japan, the Middle Power (NewsWeek)
 Many in the United States are worried, fretting that Hatoyama's promotion of DPJ politicians over entrenched, pro-American bureaucrats and members of the outgoing LDP will mean a turning away from the United States. The reality, though, is that the new government wants an "equal" relationship with the U.S., in which Japan's leaders can make decisions on the basis of their own calculations of Japan's national interests instead of on the basis of U.S. expectations for the country.
Oct 04 Meet the new, young and female faces causing a stir in Japanese politics (telegraph.co.uk)
 One stripped down to her swimsuit for a magazine. Another confessed to having worked as a bar hostess - while a third shed her kimono and appeared topless in a gruesome horror film. The once sombre and ubiquitously grey-suited world of Japanese politics has been both shaken and stirred by the recent arrival of an armada of young female politicians with pasts as colourful as their wardrobes.
Oct 04 Ishihara blames Tokyo 2016 failure on politics (USA Today)
 Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara blamed his city's failure to win the right to host the 2016 Games on behind-the-scenes deals, saying Japanese sports officials must become more adept in dealing with the inner workings of the International Olympic Committee.
Oct 04 Japan's ex-finance minister Nakagawa found dead (AFP)
 Japan's former finance minister Shoichi Nakagawa, who was forced to resign over his apparently drunken behaviour at a meeting of world powers, has been found dead at his home, police and news reports said Sunday. Nakagawa, 56, was found dead in a bedroom at his home in Tokyo's residential distrct of Setagaya.
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.
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By J.S. on Oct 13, 2009
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