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Engagement with Asia high on list of priorities for Japanese PM

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JAPANESE TREND / 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 "DPJ's Diet management under fire", "Ozawa faces fresh donations scandal", "Engagement with Asia high on list of priorities for Japanese PM" and etc.

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Nov 22 DPJ's Diet management under fire (Yomiuri)
 The ruling and opposition blocs were at odds last week over a government-sponsored bill to provide financial support for small and midsize companies-a situation that could be attributed to the Democratic Party of Japan's lack of a consistent policy for Diet management. Unable to discern DPJ Secretary General Ichiro Ozawa's true intentions regarding Diet management, DPJ members are at sixes and sevens about what to do.
Nov 21 Fund paid big sum in final days of Aso era (Asahi)
 A secret discretionary fund operated by the Cabinet Secretariat paid out 250 million yen in cash to Chief Cabinet Secretary Takeo Kawamura in the waning days of the administration headed by Prime Minister Taro Aso, it was disclosed Friday.
Nov 21 Ozawa looming as 'shadow shogun' (Japan Times)
 The Democratic Party of Japan's oldest lawmaker recently had a few bitter words for his old friend, DPJ Secretary General Ichiro Ozawa. Speaking in Fukuoka earlier this month, Kozo Watabe criticized what he considered the monopolization of party authority in Ozawa's hands.
Nov 21 Deliberations on 6 bills launched amid boycott (Yomiuri)
 The House of Representatives began committee deliberations on six government-sponsored bills Friday, including one to inspect cargo being shipped to and from North Korea, but the opposition Liberal Democratic Party and New Komeito boycotted the discussions.
Nov 20 Ozawa faces fresh donations scandal (Japan Times)
 Ichiro Ozawa, secretary general of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, faced fresh allegations of illegal donations Thursday after a source connected with an engineering firm told prosecutors that unreported contributions had been made to one of his aides when the contractor sought to get in on an Iwate Prefecture dam project.
Nov 20 DPJ rams debt relief bill through committee (Japan Times)
 A bill aimed at encouraging lenders to freeze debt repayments for small and midsize companies was set to clear the Lower House late Thursday night after the ruling bloc rammed it through a Diet committee in the first such power play since the Hatoyama administration assumed office two months ago. The government-sponsored bill was passed by the Lower House Financial Affairs Committee despite a boycott by the Liberal Democratic Party, the main opposition force, and its former ruling coalition partner, New Komeito.
Nov 20 Slowly, secret U.S. nuke deals come to light (Japan Times)
 Decades since Washington and Tokyo reportedly crafted secret agreements to allow U.S. nuclear weapons in Japanese territory, declassified documents from the U.S. detailing its nuclear presence in Okinawa and elsewhere in Japan during the postwar period are slowly coming to light. The move is creating headaches for both countries as they grapple over military bases in Okinawa and the future structure of the alliance.
Nov 20 Should we let foreigners vote? (Yomiuri)
 Moves have been gaining momentum to have a bill submitted to the Diet that would give non-Japanese permanent residents the right to vote in local elections. Is such local suffrage necessary? Granting such a right would involve constitutional issues as well as create problems in terms of local government management and would threaten to change the nature of this nation.
Nov 18 DPJ's foreign policy raises hopes ... and worries (East Asia Forum)
 The victory of the Democratic Party of Japan in the House of Representatives election held on August 30 was an epoch-making event in the history of Japan's postwar democracy. The two-party system has actually started to work, giving the Japanese people the option of changing government through elections. Though the Liberal Democratic Party rule had been fraught with problems, the Japanese people had not placed enough confidence in the opposition parties to give them a chance to govern. The historic shift was apparently in part a product of the Japanese people's very high hopes for the DPJ's foreign policy.
Nov 18 There's less to U.S.-Japanese frictions than meets the eye (foreignpolicy.com)
 The conventional wisdom in U.S.-Japanese relations is that things were largely fine until the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) upset the apple cart by winning control of Japan's government. Security policy observers appear to accept the idea that the DPJ has strained the close relationship that Japan's former ruling party, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) had developed with the United States over the past several decades. A show of bilateral solidarity during President Obama's one-night stand in Tokyo last week has done little to change these opinions. The conventional wisdom has it wrong.
Nov 18 Japan, U.S. to seek swift solution of Futenma issue (Yomiuri)
 Japan and the United States agreed Tuesday to seek an early solution on the controversial relocation plan of the U.S. Marine Corps' Futenma Air Station in Okinawa Prefecture and examine the background to the plan. In their first ministerial-level working group meeting on the issue, attended by ministers and officials in charge of foreign affairs and defense, Japan and the United States also agreed to continue discussions on the Futenma issue at ministerial-level talks as well as at high-ranking working-level talks.
Nov 17 Junior DPJ partner 'plans to launch new party' (Yomiuri)
 The People's New Party, a junior partner in the ruling Democratic Party of Japan-led coalition, is seeking to launch a new party with another minor party and a small group of independent lawmakers, party sources said Monday. According to the sources, the PNP, which forms the ruling coalition with the DPJ and the Social Democratic Party, New Party Nippon and a group led by former Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Takeo Hiranuma are discussing a possible merger.
Nov 17 U.S. welcomes Japan's new aid plan for Afghanistan (AP)
 The United States has welcomed Japan's new plan to extend up to $5 billion in civilian aid to Afghanistan over five years beginning this year in an effort to combat terrorism. "We welcome the announcement by the government of Japan to provide approximately $5 billion over the next five years to Afghanistan," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said in a statement Wednesday.
Nov 17 Outrage in Washington over Obama's Japan bow (AFP)
 News photos of President Barack Obama bowing to Japan's emperor have incensed critics here, who said the US leader should stand tall when representing America overseas. Obama on Monday was in China, having wrapped up the Japan leg of his Asia trip two days earlier. But Washington's punditocracy was still weighing whether or not the US president had disgraced his country two days earlier by having taken a deep bow at the waist while meeting Japan's Emperor Akihito.
Nov 16 Japanese politicians plundered bottomless state fund (telegraph.co.uk)
 Former officials have come forward to describe a huge safe in the chief cabinet secretary's office stacked with tens of millions of yen that they were able to hand out without providing receipts. The fund was reported to contain Y1 billion but that figure has never been tested as no matter how much they gave to politicians the safe would always be replenished the next day.
Nov 16 Engagement with Asia high on list of priorities for Japanese PM (Channel NewsAsia)
 Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama on Sunday said his government places engagement with Asia as one of its top priorities. Mr Hatoyama, who is in Singapore to attend the APEC Leaders' Meeting, was giving a speech on his administration's foreign policy approach at an event organised by the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies. Engagement with Asian countries, and more broadly Asia Pacific countries, is high on the list for the Japanese prime minister.
Nov 16 Hatoyama unveils Asia-focused foreign policy (Yomiuri)
 Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama emphasized his Asia-orientated foreign policy in a speech in Singapore on Sunday, saying he will make his East Asian community concept the key pillar of the policy. Hatoyama also stressed that the United States would play an important role in the region. In the speech on Asian policy, which he gave in English at a Singapore hotel, the prime minister listed the fields for potential cooperation with other Asian countries, such as the economic measures, efforts against global warming, disaster prevention, sanitation management and antipiracy steps. Regarding the economy, he said negotiations over an economic partnership agreement, or EPA, with Australia, India and South Korea would be accelerated.
Nov 16 Obama takes realistic approach to Asia (Yomiuri)
 U.S. President Barack Obama's speech on U.S. policy toward Asia delivered in Tokyo on Saturday clearly indicated Washington's intention to refocus its efforts on improving ties with Asian countries. Obama's stance was based on the notion that the collaboration between Asian countries is necessary to properly address such global issues as nuclear nonproliferation, as well as U.S. domestic concerns including the combat situation in Afghanistan and the recovery of the U.S. economy.
Nov 16 Does Ozawa run the show as Hatoyama foots the bill? (Japan Times)
 Only two months in office, Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama appears to be losing his political influence primarily because of (1) his failure to exercise leadership in foreign diplomacy and on the domestic agenda, and (2) the extraordinary concentration of power vested in Ichiro Ozawa, whom Hatoyama has chosen to manage his ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) as secretary general.
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By J.S. on Nov 24, 2009
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