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Japan stance on child custody treaty causing friction with U.S.

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Taking up herewith News by Media regarding political matters in Japan.
I'm now worried about the US-Japan relationship which being the most important for Japan.
Interested ni the news "Japan stance on child custody treaty causing friction with U.S.", "Ozawa refuses to explain fund scandal at Diet panel", "Urgent need for 21st century vision of US-Japan alliance" and etc.




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Feb 15 Japan and Australia to strengthen defence ties (Sydney Morning Herald)
 Japan and Australia appear close to signing a defence logistics deal in an attempt to strengthen security ties despite a row about Japan's whale hunts. Under the deal - only the second for officially pacifist Japan after the one signed with the US - Japan and Australia would provide food, fuel and logistical support to each other during peacekeeping operations, disaster-relief missions and other activities.
Feb 15 Japan stance on child custody treaty causing friction with U.S. (Yomiuri)
 Japan's reluctance to sign up to an international treaty that prevents one parent in a failed international marriage from taking a child of the couple across national borders without the prior consent of the other parent is causing friction between Tokyo and Washington. At a meeting held earlier this month with senior officials of the Foreign Ministry, Kurt Campbell, U.S. assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, told Japan that some members of the U.S. Congress have said it will be difficult for the United States to support Japan over the issue of Japanese nationals being abducted to North Korea if Japan does not make moves toward joining the treaty.
Feb 14 Okada acknowledges past wrongs in Seoul (East Asia Forum)
 The Hatoyama government's campaign to revitalize Japan's bilateral relationships in Asia continues, with Okada Katsuya's visiting South Korea for the first time as foreign minister for meetings with President Lee and other senior officials. While Americans are focused on celebrating what is being called the fiftieth anniversary of the US-Japan alliance this year, a more significant anniversary this year may be the 100th anniversary of Japan's annexation of Korea. The South Korean government has expressed its desire for a joint statement that will include a proper statement of remorse by Japan for its actions in Korea from 1910 until 1945.
Feb 14 Ozawa refuses to explain fund scandal at Diet panel (AP)
 Democratic Party of Japan Secretary General Ichiro Ozawa refused Sunday to attend a Diet panel on political ethics to give an account over a scandal involving his political fund management body, although senior lawmakers of the Democratic Party of Japan-led ruling coalition pressed him to do so.
Feb 14 Urgent need for 21st century vision of US-Japan alliance (East Asia Forum)
 To mark the 50th anniversary this year of the signing of the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty, the two governments have declared their intention to 'deepen' the alliance. They aim to create a new vision for the alliance by November, when U.S. President Barack Obama plans to visit Japan. But Japan-U.S. relations are experiencing a rocky patch, mainly due to Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama's decision to re-examine from scratch a 2006 agreement on the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa Prefecture. In the United States, an increasingly critical perception has taken hold over what the Hatoyama administration is trying to achieve.
Feb 14 Japan, Australia eyeing joint nuclear statement (Yomiuri)
 The Japanese and Australian governments likely will issue a joint statement on nuclear policy ahead of a conference to reexamine the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty in New York in May, The Yomiuri Shimbun learned Saturday. Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada plans to visit Australia and agree to start a project to promote global nuclear disarmament, according to sources close to the government.
Feb 13 GSDF officer could face reprimand over speech on Japan-U.S. alliance (AP)
 A senior Ground Self-Defense Force officer could be reprimanded over a speech he gave on the Japan-U.S. security alliance because he apparently criticized Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, who is the supreme commander of the Self-Defense Forces, Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa said Friday. Kitazawa told a press conference that remarks made Wednesday by GSDF Col. Takeshi Nakazawa could be problematic in light of maintaining civilian control of the SDF.
Feb 13 Apparent bullet mailed to Hatoyama for 2nd time (AP)
 A postal item containing what appeared to be a rifle bullet was mailed to Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama on Friday, the second time such an object has been sent to him since he took office last September, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirofumi Hirano and police said. The mail item, which was delivered to the prime minister's office in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward on Friday morning, had a stamp mark of Japan Post Service's Ginza branch in Chuo Ward dated Wednesday. It was found during a security check at the office, Hirano said.
Feb 12 Hatoyama goes on offensive / Edano pick seen as way to seize initiative from Ozawa camp (Yomiuri)
 In an effort to buoy his administration, Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama seems to be trying to erase his image of being politically reliant on Democratic Party of Japan Secretary General Ichiro Ozawa. Hatoyama on Wednesday appointed former DPJ Policy Research Committee Chairman Yukio Edano, who has kept his distance from Ozawa, to the post of state minister in charge of government revitalization. The prime minister had been noncommittal toward the issue of whether House of Representatives member Tomohiro Ishikawa, a former secretary to Ozawa, should leave the DPJ, saying, "It's his own decision."
Feb 11 Indicted lawmaker Ishikawa tenders resignation from DPJ (AP)
 Tomohiro Ishikawa, a Democratic Party of Japan lawmaker and former aide to DPJ Secretary General Ichiro Ozawa, tendered his resignation from the ruling party Thursday following his indictment over funding irregularities in connection with a Tokyo land deal. His resignation will likely further stir the opposition camp's demand that ruling party kingpin Ozawa also take responsibility for the funds scandal, which resulted in the indictment of one other former secretary and a current aide for the seasoned lawmaker in addition to Ishikawa.
Feb 11 Sanctions stay until North Korea talks: South, Japan (Reuters)
 Sanctions on North Korea will not be removed until Pyongyang returns to disarmament talks and takes serious steps toward scrapping its nuclear arms program, the foreign ministers of South Korea and Japan said on Thursday. The comments come as the North's top nuclear envoy is in Beijing in a sign the destitute state may soon end its year-long boycott of six-country disarmament-for-aid nuclear talks hosted by its key ally, China.
Feb 11 The Democratic Party of Japan's credibility crisis (East Asia Forum)
 Public opinion polls seem to show that the public, as well as the business community, are generally behind the dose of fiscal reality that the government is dishing out. Yet its latest moves undermine two important aspects of the DPJ's performance: the credibility of its manifesto pledges in the lead-up to another general election and the government's own domestic demand-side growth strategy, which relies on boosting households' disposable income through budget handouts in order to encourage consumer spending.
Feb 11 Edano tasked with polishing Cabinet's image (Japan Times)
 Democratic Party of Japan lawmaker Yukio Edano was appointed the new administrative reform minister Wednesday, as the Hatoyama administration works to clean up the Cabinet's scandal-tainted image. Edano, 45, was a key figure in the government task force set up late last year that succeeded in trimming ¥677 billion from the previous administration's budget. He is one of the few DPJ lawmakers to have openly criticized DPJ Secretary General Ichiro Ozawa over his dubious political funding.
Feb 10 The Ozawa phenomena in Japanese politics (idsa.in)
 In the volatile Japanese politics in which political power has transitioned from the decades-old stranglehold of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) for the first time in Japan's post-War political history (barring a short failed experiment in 1993), the balance is threatening to swing back to the LDP following a money politics scandal involving DPJ supremo and king maker Ichiro Ozawa. Questions are being asked as to how allegations of money laundering involving Ozawa makes the DPJ different from the scandal-plagued conservative administration of the LDP.
Feb 10 China, Japan still fighting over history (Asia Times)
 Japanese and Chinese researchers who have been working for three years in an attempt to produce an historical study and demonstrate that the old adversaries could jointly produce an objective account of Sino-Japanese relations that includes the dark days of World War II have elected instead to agree that they disagree about a key event.
Feb 09 Indicted ex-Ozawa aide says he will not resign as lawmaker or leave DPJ (AP)
 Tomohiro Ishikawa, a Democratic Party of Japan lawmaker and former aide to DPJ Secretary General Ichiro Ozawa, said Tuesday he will not resign as a lawmaker or leave the party in the wake of his indictment over funding irregularities in connection with a land purchase in Tokyo. In announcing his intention to stay on, Ishikawa said at a press conference held in the city of Obihiro, Hokkaido, where his constituency is located, that his supporters have "strongly encouraged me to go back to the Diet as soon as possible and start my activity as a representative of this region."
Feb 09 Kan survives G7 debut at Road to Nowhere (Japan Times)
 Finance Minister Naoto Kan's first real exposure to the international arena was not in the dazzling lights of New York, London or Paris. It was in Iqaluit, a tiny town in the Canadian tundra, the name of which means "place of many fish" in Inuktitut. Kan attended a two-day meeting of the Group of Seven developed nations through Saturday, not to talk about angling but to discuss how best to return the global economy to a self-sustained recovery path.
Feb 09 Prime minister, brother top list of lower house asset holders (Yomiuri)
 Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and his younger brother Kunio ranked first and second, respectively, in terms of personal assets possessed by 480 House of Representatives members, according to a calculation by The Yomiuri Shimbun based on a lower house report of its members' assets released Monday. The prime minister's assets amounted to about 1.64 billion yen, followed by about 816 million yen held by his brother, who was a former internal affairs and communications minister and member of the Liberal Democratic Party.
Feb 08 No easy option with Japan's Ozawa Ichiro (East Asia Forum)
 Ozawa Ichiro has escaped indictment by the Tokyo Public Prosecutors Office again. Once again, his former secretaries were not quite so lucky, with three, including sitting Diet member Ishikawa Tomohiro, being indicted for political funds violations. Michael Cucek rightly points to the gross misconduct of the PPO in its Ahab-like pursuit of Ozawa - and perhaps the more egregious campaign by the media to paint Ozawa as the conniving, monstrous puppet master of the Hatoyama government.
Feb 08 Giving up on Japan's Prime Minister Hatoyama (East Asia Forum)
 Prime Minister Hatoyama's approach to his jobs has been adolescent. He has viewed both leadership of the DPJ and the prime ministership as showcases for his creativity rather than crushing burdens. The serious business of being the duly selected leader of a people has been reduced to the level of a school art project, with its creator completely unconcerned about the marketability of his final product.
Feb 06 Will Japan emerge from its shell? - part II (yale.edu)
 The dramatic end to Japan's half-century of conservative rule in a late August election led almost immediately to a public spat with the United States. An inward-looking Japan that had reflexively followed the American lead suddenly was no longer an obedient ally. At a time when the US was trying to woo a recalcitrant China to become a "strategic partner", Japan's insistence on reopening an agreement over US military bases seemed to upset the regional balance. But there are recent signs of a concerted effort on both sides to put underlying strategic interests back in the forefront, propelled in part by the recent eruption of frictions between China and the US.
Feb 06 DPJ's Ishikawa, other Ozawa aides make bail (Japan Times)
 Democratic Party of Japan lawmaker Tomohiro Ishikawa, Ichiro Ozawa's former aide now under indictment for cooking the DPJ don's financial books over a shady Tokyo land buy, made bail Friday. After paying ¥12 million through his lawyers, Ishikawa left the Tokyo Detention Center in the evening. Mitsutomo Ikeda, an ex-aide of Ozawa, and Takanori Okubo, a current aide, also were released after making bail. Okubo paid ¥7 million and Ikeda ¥3 million.
Feb 04 Prosecutors indict lawmaker Ishikawa over funding scandal (AP)
 Prosecutors indicted lawmaker Tomohiro Ishikawa, a former secretary to Democratic Party of Japan Secretary General Ichiro Ozawa, on Thursday on a charge of violating the Political Funds Control Law, sources close to the case said. Ishikawa, 36, a House of Representatives member, was arrested last month on suspicion of failing to report 400 million yen in Ozawa's political fund management body's 2004 report in connection with its purchase of land in Tokyo that year.
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