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Interested in "Turkey, Japan to step up cooperation in Middle East issues", "DPJ plans to OK use of Net in campaigns", "2009, a year of change -- with more to come" and etc.
Jan 06 Japan finance chief Fujii to resign due to poor health (AP)
 Finance Minister Hirohisa Fujii will step down from his post due to poor health, a ruling party lawmaker said Tuesday night. The decision was made after the 77-year-old minister told Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama that he wants to resign, said the lawmaker, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Jan 06 Japan urged to exploit its tech, pop culture (Japan Times)
 Japan's economic and diplomatic clout has been declining for the last 10 years as China and India increasingly are seen as Asia's economic superpowers. But Japan seems to have re-emerged with a different sort of influence during the decade, with "soft power" growing in a variety of cultural areas, a trend referred to by some in the West as "Cool Japan."
Jan 05 Turkey, Japan to step up cooperation in Middle East issues (Xinhua)
 Turkish and Japanese foreign ministers said on Monday their countries will strengthen cooperation to contribute to peace and stability in the Middle East region, Turkish media reported. Japan pledged in November a maximum of 5 billion U.S. dollars in aid to Afghanistan for redevelopment over the next five years. Turkey and Japan also agreed that Iran should not possess nuclear weapons and hoped the issue be settled through diplomacy.
Jan 04 DPJ plans to OK use of Net in campaigns (Yomiuri)
 The Democratic Party of Japan plans to lift a ban on the use of the Internet and visits to individual houses for election campaigns in a drastic liberalization of election-related activities, it has been learned. According to sources, the DPJ plans to submit a bill to the ordinary Diet session that will convene this month for revising the Public Offices Election Law to enable the use of the Internet, aiming to implement it for this summer's House of Councillors election.
Jan 03 Japan PM starts tweeting, launches blog (Malaysia Mirror)
 Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama has launched a blog and started using Twitter in a New Year bid to reach out to the public at a time when his ratings have tumbled. Hatoyama began using the microblogging service Twitter and launched a fully fledged blog, both in Japanese, starting Friday.
Jan 02 Japan's yo-yo ties with India (Business Standard)
 Given that almost all historical, cultural, economic and geo-political factors overwhelmingly point to a close partnership between India and Japan it has taken an inordinately long time for these two Asian nations to strike a meaningful strategic partnership. Hopefully the visit to India of Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama should spur this up-again-down-again yo-yo relationship forward.
Jan 01 Hatoyama kicks off the year with scandal apology (Japan Times)
 Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama kicked off 2010 with an apology over his political money scandal but pledged to pursue his goal of revitalizing the economy in the new year. "I have caused much concern to the nation over my political funds issues" in 2009, Hatoyama said in a New Year's statement released Friday, expressing an apology for the shady practice that led to two of his former secretaries being indicted.
Jan 01 Mr. Hatoyama and the DPJ in '10 (Japan Times)
 The year 2010 will be a watershed year for the administration of Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, which came into power last September, ending the Liberal Democratic Party's almost unbroken rule since November 1955. If the administration fails to produce results that meet people's expectations this year, the change of government achieved by the Democratic Party of Japan will become almost meaningless.
Jan 01 2009, a year of change -- with more to come (Mainichi)
 Why did the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) score a landslide victory in the general election for the House of Representatives on Aug. 30? The election system centering on single-seat constituencies, which amplifies changes in public opinions, is certainly one contributing factor, but above all, the public chose to put an end to the traditional politics that had continued since the end of World War II and expected a new political style.
By J.S. on Jan 6, 2010



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