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Feb 21 Bill targets surnames, inheritance bias, divorcee wait (Japan Times)
 The Justice Ministry has outlined a Civil Code revision bill that will allow married couples to have separate surnames and work to relax two practices deemed discriminatory: one that restricts inheritances of children born out of wedlock and one that bars women from remarrying until six months after a divorce. Unveiled at a Friday policy meeting, the bill would enable married couples to choose whether to have the same family name or keep their birth name.
Feb 21 LDP to field Miyazawa in election (Japan Times)
 The Hiroshima prefectural chapter of the Liberal Democratic Party said Saturday it has decided to field former House of Representatives member Yoichi Miyazawa for this summer's Upper House election. The 59-year-old Miyazawa, a nephew of the late former Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa, was picked as the party's candidate in a vote among LDP ranks on who should represent the party in the constituency.
Feb 20 Hatoyama brothers tied by fraying bonds (Yomiuri)
 As siblings Yukio and Kunio Hatoyama make a most unusual pairing. Elder brother Yukio, 63--prime minister and president of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan--has been driven into a corner by his brother Kunio, 61, a former internal affairs and communications minister and a lawmaker of the opposition Liberal Democratic Party. The prime minister has denied his involvement in an alleged falsification of political donation reports and the receipt of a huge sum of money from his mother, maintaining that he "knew nothing whatsoever" of the matter.
Feb 19 Ministry outlines separate-surnames plan, Civil Code revision (AP)
 The Justice Ministry unveiled on Friday at a policy meeting the outline of a bill to revise Japan's Civil Code which would enable married couples to choose whether to have the same family name or keep their birth names. Justice Minister Keiko Chiba hopes to gain Cabinet approval by the end of March, and the government is considering submitting the bill -- which also includes abolishing inheritance discrimination against children born out of wedlock -- to the Diet during its current session.
Feb 19 Japan: Reflections on Ozawa from two former aides (East Asia Forum)
 There are two narratives about Ichiro Ozawa, the Secretary-General of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ). One is that he is a wizard at elections. This reputation was enhanced by his masterminding of the DPJ's 2009 electoral strategy that helped bring about the first real change of government through the ballot box in sixty years. The second is that, rather than being a politician of firm convictions, Ozawa is a machine politician animated by the desire to secure and retain power for its own sake. Investigations into alleged corruption fuel this narrative.
Feb 19 Ozawa: The Shiva of Japanese politics, creator and destroyer (East Asia Forum)
 Like the Hindu god Shiva, Ichiro Ozawa is both creator and destroyer. Currently the Secretary-General of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), he has a history of building up parties or coalitions and then tearing them down, either by switching sides or inadvertently over-reaching. Some in the DPJ fear that he could do this again due to the corruption scandal for which three of his aides were indicted on February 4.
Feb 18 More Maps Weaken Japan's Claim to Dokdo (chosun.com)
 Yet another couple of historic Japanese maps have been discovered that do not include Korea's Dokdo islets as part of Japanese territory. Yuji Hosaka, a Japanese professor at Sejong University, unveiled them at a press conference at the Northeast Asian History Foundation on Wednesday. Measuring 115 cm by 123 cm, one map was produced by the Japanese Army in 1877 and depicts the country's sovereign territory in detail, but does not contain Dokdo. In 1889
Feb 18 US-Japan ties in question over air base (The Diplomat)
 Described by many as the worst crisis in decades in Japan-US relations, the controversy surrounding the relocation of the US Futenma air base in Okinawa has left Japan's Prime Minister with the choice of defying its most important ally or breaking a key election pledge. But as David McNeill reports, whatever the outcome, the debate has reinforced Okinawans' disillusionment with power politics and government promises.
Feb 17 S. Korea wants Japan to also introduce daylight savings time (AP)
 South Korea hopes that Japan will join its push to introduce daylight saving time this summer in a move aimed at saving energy, Yonhap News Agency reported Wednesday. "It is true that Japan's stance is one of various factors in deciding whether South Korea will adopt the system," an unidentified official at the presidential office was quoted as saying. South Korea is contemplating whether to set the country's clocks forward an hour in summer, probably from April until September.
Feb 17 How long for Hatoyama? (The Economist)
 When the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) overturned Japan's post-war political order in the last general election, one common analysis was that this marked the arrival, at last, of a competitive two-party political system. I was not convinced, and am less so now. Yes, the victory marked the end of one-party rule, and about time too: the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) was a shambling, crooked mess. The election was certainly a bouleversement, but less in the direction of a two-party system than what one political analyst, Jun Okamura, calls a "no-party" state.
Feb 16 Hatoyama backs use of separate surnames by married couples (AP)
 Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama said Tuesday that he supports the idea of allowing people to retain their surnames after getting married, at a time when one Cabinet minister has expressed strong opposition, threatening the passage of a related bill that will likely be submitted to the current Diet session. "I have been basically in favor of the idea of letting married couples use different surnames," the 63-year-old Japanese leader told reporters Tuesday evening.
Feb 16 Antiwhaling protester to be brought to Japan for questioning (AP)
 Japan's law enforcement authorities plan to question an antiwhaling activist from New Zealand, who secretly boarded a Japanese vessel in the Antarctic Ocean, and establish a criminal case under Japanese law, government sources said Tuesday. Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirofumi Hirano told an afternoon news conference that Japan is making preparations to bring Sea Shepherd Conservation Society activist Pete Bethune to Japan for questioning over his alleged intrusion on the Japanese vessel.
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.
By J.S. on Feb 25, 2010



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