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JAPANESE TREND / Political Trend (8) / Political Trend (10)

Taking up herewith Japanese Political Trend News by Media in last week.
Political Trend in Japan will be read via these News.
Interested in the News titled "Japan reacts to Obama's Nobel Peace Prize" and etc.
Regarding Obama's Nobel Peace Prize, however it's only a "Starting Point and/or First Step to Peace World" for Obama, I'm sure.
Anyway I hope his Political Leadership in USA and in the World.
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Oct 17 Accused embezzler admits LDP tie (Japan Times)
 A former senior official at a government-authorized welfare association indicted for embezzlement has told prosecutors he provided some ¥1.2 million to a former Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker from its slush fund, investigative sources said Friday.
Oct 17 DPJ's nighttime dalliances deemed dubious (Tokyo Reporter)
 Following last month's revelations in the Mainichi Shimbun that offices of Democratic Party of Japan members spent large sums in adult entertainment clubs, weekly tabloid Flash (Oct. 20) reports on whether the establishments were indeed suitable meeting locations, as was later claimed by the politicians.
Oct 16 New govt off to smooth start, but signs of potential strife appearing (Yomiuri)
 Thursday marked one month since the launch of Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama's administration. Though the new government has enjoyed a relatively smooth start without major incident, potential sources of conflict already have started surfacing. Since becoming prime minister, Hatoyama has made three overseas trips, meeting with the leaders of the United States, Denmark, China and South Korea.
Oct 15 Japan's Afghan strategy (Asahi)
 During his recent visit to Afghanistan, Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada conveyed to Afghan President Hamid Karzai the Japanese government's intent to supply vocational training for former fighters in the Taliban, the violent anti-government force in that nation, and other new forms of aid. Nearly eight years have passed since the Taliban regime was ousted during the war waged following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States.
Oct 15 Japan official tells U.S. it will halt refueling mission in Jan. (AP)
 Japanese Parliamentary Defense Secretary Akihisa Nagashima said Wednesday he has notified the White House and Defense Department that Tokyo will halt, in January, its refueling mission in the Indian Ocean in support of U.S.-led antiterrorism operations in and around Afghanistan. The refueling mission, in place since 2001, was briefly halted in November 2007 after a temporary law authorizing it expired. The operations resumed after a new law was enacted in January 2008 and were extended to January 2010 after an amendment last December.
Oct 15 Working out new Afghan measures not easy task for Japan (Kyodo)
 Following Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada's surprise visit to Afghanistan on Sunday, the Japanese government is stepping up its efforts to work out measures that can benefit the lives of the people in the conflict-ravaged country. But enhancing assistance is apparently not an easy task, with Japan's presence likely to wane with the planned end in January of the refueling mission in support of U.S.-led antiterrorism operations in and around Afghanistan and amid deteriorating security conditions there.
Oct 15 Japan defense disarray (Wall Street Journal)
 Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama campaigned on a populist pledge to rebalance the U.S.-Japan security alliance. Now that he's in office, it's increasingly urgent that his government define what, exactly, that means. Take the Japanese refueling mission in the Indian Ocean for the U.S.-led mission in Afghanistan. The legislative mandate for the operation, which must be renewed annually, expires at the end of December. Defense minister Toshimi Kitazawa told reporters Tuesday that Japan would let the mission expire. The same day, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirofumi Hirano said Tokyo hadn't yet decided what to do.
Oct 14 US documents point to secret Japan nuclear pact (The Australian)
 Despite decades of denials by Washington and Tokyo, US officials believe they enjoyed a secret pact to transport nuclear weapons through Japan, newly declassified documents showed. It was revealed that the United States could use Japanese soil "as needed" in an emergency if communist neighbour North Korea launched an attack.
Oct 14 Anti-poverty campaigner Yuasa assigned to National Policy Unit (AP)
 Makoto Yuasa, an anti-poverty campaigner known for setting up a tent "village" for laid-off workers in central Tokyo, said Wednesday he has accepted the government's request to become a member of the newly launched National Policy Unit. The request was made by Deputy Prime Minister Naoto Kan, who is also state minister for national policy responsible for formulating employment policies, Yuasa told reporters.
Oct 14 Govt to play safe in extraordinary Diet session (Yomiuri)
 The government and ruling parties plan to avoid potential potholes during the anticipated extraordinary Diet session by limiting its submission of bills and concentrating on compiling the fiscal 2010 budget, according to sources. The session--expected to be convened on Oct. 26--will be the first real test for the administration of Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and the stage for the opening exchanges of a verbal duel with the new opposition.
Oct 13 After quitting politics, Japan's Koizumi turns superhero (Reuters)
 One of Japan's most popular leaders, former prime minister Junichiro Koizumi, is going where few politicians have dared to go -- he's taking on the role of TV's masked superhero, Ultraman King. The 67-year-old Koizumi, a retired politician and a staunch Elvis Presley fan, recently lent his voice to the character of senior superhero Ultraman King, a respected leader of the Ultraman clan, for a new film.
Oct 13 Japan 'will end' Afghan mission (BBC)
 Japan will end its refuelling mission in support of the US-led military operation in Afghanistan, Defence Minister Toshimi Kitazawa has said. Mr Kitazawa said the mission would end "based on the law" when its current legal mandate expires in January. But he suggested Japan could continue to provide support for the mission in an alternative form.
Oct 13 FM tells Pakistan that MSDF refueling mission extension will be 'difficult' (Mainichi)
 The government is set to pull out Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) personnel and vessels deployed in the Indian Ocean to refuel foreign vessels engaged in the war against terror in January, government sources said. Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada told top officials of the Pakistani government in Islamabad that it is difficult for the government to submit to the Diet a bill to extend the mission beyond January.
Oct 13 North Korea fires 5 short-range missiles off its east coast (Japan Times)
 North Korea test fired five short-range missiles off its east coast on Monday, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported. North Korea had declared a navigation ban in waters off its east and west coasts from Oct. 10 to 20 and Japan's Coast Guard had earlier noted a North Korean advisory to shipping that said weapon drills could take place from Monday till Oct. 25.
Oct 12 Okada pledges support for Afghanistan on surprise visit to Kabul (AP)
 Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada stressed to Afghan President Hamid Karzai that Japan will enhance contributions to Afghanistan that benefit the lives of the Afghan people as he made a surprise visit to Kabul on Sunday, a Japanese Foreign Ministry official said. Karzai called on Japan to take a role in promoting the peace process in the war-ravaged country, while noting the need for assistance in the areas of electricity, higher education and agriculture, the official said.
Oct 12 Japan limited sealanes at behest of U.S. (Japan Times)
 U.S. pressure influenced Japan's decision in the 1970s to set narrow territorial sea limits in five of its key straits to enable safe passage of U.S. warships carrying nuclear weapons, declassified documents from the U.S. National Archives showed Sunday. The declassified U.S. documents suggest the U.S. government, under pressure from the military, asked Tokyo not to extend its territorial waters in the five lanes - including the Soya and Tsugaru straits - to avoid hindering Washington's strategy for nuclear war.
Oct 11 Japan's FM makes surprise visit to Afghanistan (AP)
 Japan's Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada made a surprise visit to Afghanistan Sunday, becoming the first member of Japan's new government to travel there, his ministry announced. He arrived in Kabul on a tour that will also take him to neighbouring Pakistan later in the day, the foreign ministry said in a statement. He will stay in Pakistan until Monday.
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.
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By J.S. on Oct 19, 2009
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