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Premier should fess up about falsified funds

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Mar 30 Premier should fess up about falsified funds (Yomiuri)
 For what purposes did Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama use the huge sums of money involved in the political fund scandal he is immersed in? Isn't it the case that he gave it to Diet members who were his close aides? Hatoyama should stop ducking these questions. In connection with the dubious donation case involving his fund management organization, hearings in the trial of Hatoyama's former state-funded first secretary, who was indicted for violating the Political Funds Control Law, opened Monday at the Tokyo District Court.
  
Mar 29 The unbearable lightness of the DPJ (Mainichi)
 The Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) Vice Secretary-General Yukio Ubukata was dismissed from his post two weeks ago, only to be reinstated the following week. "Freedom from Ozawa" is one of the central themes of this comedy, but there is another, more important theme that must be appreciated. That is, the weightlessness of the DPJ. Ubukata was sacked on March 18, a day after he criticized DPJ Secretary-General Ichiro Ozawa and Acting Secretary-General Azuma Koshiishi in an interview with the Sankei Shimbun. The immediate ouster left a strange impression on the public, developing into a hullabaloo.
Mar 29 Okada leaves for G8 talks (Japan Times)
 Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada on Sunday left for the United States and Canada to meet with U.S. officials and attend the Group of Eight meeting of foreign ministers, which is expected to focus on such issues as nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament. He will meet Monday with U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates near Washington and then go to Canada for talks with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as part of efforts to settle the thorny relocation issue involving Futenma air base, discuss the situation in Iran and address other issues.
Mar 29 Okada: No extra aid without free poll (Asahi)
 Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada has put Myanmar (Burma) on notice that unless it holds free elections this year and allows pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi to participate, it will withhold increased aid. In Yangon (Rangoon), Burmese government officials have told Japan's ambassador, Yasuaki Nogawa, that new election laws enacted March 8 prohibit Suu Kyi and other activists from being members of political parties or voting in or contesting a national election.
Mar 29 China wants gyoza case closed (Yomiuri)
 Drastic developments have occurred in the criminal case of food poisoning incidents caused by Chinese-made frozen gyoza, which had been a source of friction between Tokyo and Beijing, after more than two years. Though investigation into the incidents had been deadlocked, the Chinese police authorities made a surprising announcement of the arrest of a suspect. The timing of the Chinese action seems to point to the desire of Chinese President Hu Jintao's administration for Japan to finalize Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama's visit to the country as soon as possible.
Mar 27 New Komeito cozying up to DPJ? (Japan Times)
 With budget allocations having cleared the Diet earlier this week, passage of the child allowance bill Friday was a stroll in the park for the Democratic Party of Japan-led coalition. Making things all the easier was the endorsement of opposition parties, most notably New Komeito, which has been shaping an amicable relationship with the DPJ. "Policies for children are something New Komeito has been working very hard on," Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, the DPJ president, said earlier this month, after the two parties met over the child allowance bill.
Mar 27 Hatoyama's leadership found wanting (Yomiuri)
 The drafting of a bill on postal business reform is taking some unexpected twists and turns at the last minute. Objections raised within the Cabinet to the final draft released by Shizuka Kamei, state minister for postal reform, and Internal Affairs and Communications Minster Kazuhiro Haraguchi, have been behind the confusion. Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama should be well aware that this fracas could split his Cabinet. He should exercise leadership to bring the situation under control.
Mar 25 DPJ creates a new mess (Asahi)
 An old proverb goes, "It is never too late to mend." The ruling Democratic Party of Japan on Tuesday retracted its decision to dismiss Yukio Ubukata from the post of vice secretary-general for repeatedly criticizing the party leadership, especially Secretary-General Ichiro Ozawa. Ozawa met Ubukata and asked him to remain at the party post. The decision to dismiss Ubukata had fired up public opinion against the DPJ as an example of the party's refusal to tolerate dissidents. The sting of public opinion must have made the DPJ feel desperate enough to reverse its decision.
Mar 25 Japan, Kazakhstan to boost ties via energy, resource development (Japan Times)
 Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and Kazakh Foreign Minister Kanat Saudabayev have agreed to promote bilateral cooperation in natural resources development and nuclear power technology, the Foreign Ministry said. In a 30-minute meeting Tuesday, Hatoyama was quoted as saying that promoting cooperation between resource-poor Japan and resource-rich Kazakhstan would benefit both countries.
Mar 25 Hatoyama says moving Futemma base outside of Okinawa still option (Kyodo)
 Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama said Wednesday that he has not given up on the option of moving the U.S. Marines' Futemma Air Station in Okinawa outside of the southernmost prefecture. Hatoyama made the remarks as the government is weighing options to relocate the base on the same main island of Okinawa with the aim of coming up with a proposal by the end of this month. Local governments have called for the base to be relocated outside of Okinawa Prefecture so as not to destroy the environment or add to the burden on the prefecture, which already hosts the bulk of U.S. military facilities in Japan.
Mar 24 Ozawa's lack of communication leaves aides confused in row with outspoken DPJ member (Mainichi)
 The latest confusion within the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) over the failed dismissal of one of its high-ranking members has highlighted risks involving aides' attempts to surmise the intentions of DPJ heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa. The dispute began when top aides to Ozawa pressured DPJ Deputy Secretary-General Yukio Ubukata over his criticism of the party bigwig, for fear that his rebellious remarks could adversely affect Ozawa's influence on the party.
Mar 24 DPJ to punish Kobayashi for inaction on scandal (Japan Times)
 The Democratic Party of Japan will discipline Chiyomi Kobayashi since she has reneged on her decision to quit the Diet over a scandal involving 16 million yen in shady funds, Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama said Tuesday. Kobayashi, whose election office allegedly received illegal donations from the Hokkaido Teachers Union before last August's Lower House election, has denied any involvement in the misconduct.
Mar 24 DPJ frets over impact on upper house poll (Yomiuri)
 A growing number people in the Democratic Party of Japan are worried that the indictment of two figures tied to DPJ lawmaker Chiyomi Kobayashi's funding scandal could hurt the party's chances bids in this summer's House of Councillors election. Hideki Osada, acting chairman of the Hokkaido Teachers Union, or Hokkyoso, and Michiru Kimura, who was in charge of managing funds for Kobayashi's joint election campaign office for last August's House of Representatives election, were indicted by the Sapporo District Public Prosecutors Office on suspicion of violating the Political Funds Control Law.
Mar 23 Japan, Australia to propose enhancing 'negative security assurance (AP)
 Japan and Australia would jointly seek to reinforce security assurances against the use of nuclear weapons on non-nuclear-weapon states at the upcoming Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty review conference, Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada said Tuesday. Under a package of proposals on nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation, nuclear-weapon states are urged to take measures as early as possible that would prohibit them from using nuclear weapons on states without them that are complying with the NPT.
By J.S. on Apr 1, 2010
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