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Apr 17Japan decides to grant visa to Rebiya Kadeer and Dalai Lama(people.com.cn)
The government of Japan on Thursday decided to grant the visa to Rebiya Kadeer and the Dalai Lama. Rebiya Kadeer, president of the so-called World Uygur Congress, expressed a desire to visited Japan on May 20, while the Dalai Lama has the same plan on June 18. Despite China has been opposing any foreign country to grant the visa to Rebiya Kadeer and the Dalai Lama, the government of Japan persisted in its consistent stand that they will "not receive them as important person, and the visa is issued in accordance with the law."
Apr 16Japanese domestic politics of foreign bases (East Asia Forum)
Prime Minister Hatoyama Yukio returned home to Japan Wednesday after attending the Nuclear summit in Washington hosted by US President Barack Obama. Whatever significance the summit had for Obama's diplomatic agenda, as far as US-Japan relations are concerned it was overshadowed by Futenma. Hatoyama's self-imposed deadline of resolving the dispute by May is approaching, and there are few signs that his government will be able to reach a conclusion that satisfies the US and local communities in Okinawa by the end of next month.
Apr 16Okada in uphill nuclear battle (Asahi)
Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada is stuck between a rock and a hard place, defense-wise. While urging nations to move to eliminate nuclear weapons, he must also defend Japan's dependence on the nuclear umbrella provided by the United States. At Wednesday's Lower House Foreign Affairs Committee session, Okada was prodded about the recent U.S. announcement of its Nuclear Posture Review (NPR). Okada's nuclear policy incudes clinching negative security assurance. Its second pillar is to limit the use of nuclear weapons solely to deterring nuclear attack.
Apr 15Japan's incredible shrinking Prime Minister(Asia Sentinel)
Japan's Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama returned home from Washington this week a considerably diminished leader. By rights, Hatoyama ought to have shone at a meeting of world leaders convoked to find ways to lessen the dangers of nuclear terrorism or nuclear conflict. After all, Japan is the world's only victim of an atomic bomb attack and has championed every initiative to reduce the role of nuclear weapons. It is also a country that holds one of the world's largest stockpiles of plutonium -- enough it is said, to build hundreds if not thousands of atomic bombs if the right kind of stuff fell into the hands of nuclear terrorists. But all Japan had to offer at the conference was plan to establish a "center to enhance human resources development preventing nuclear terrorism" at its Tokai nuclear power research facility north of Tokyo with an initial budget of about $2 million. That hardly stood out among the several major announcements that emanated from the nuclear summit meeting.
Apr 15Hatoyama to visit Russia in Sept.(Yomiuri)
Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama plans to visit Russia in September for in-depth talks with President Dmitry Medvedev on four Russian-held islands off Hokkaido, Hatoyama said here Tuesday. The visit would be Hatoyama's first to Russia since he took office in September. Hatoyama made the comment after meeting with Medvedev on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit. In their 25-minute talk, Medvedev proposed that a Japan-Russia summit meeting be held to coincide with an international conference set for September in Yaroslavl, northwestern Russia, and Hatoyama accepted the offer, government sources said.
Apr 15Chinese Navy expanding role / Government to closely monitor activities in areas around Japan (Yomiuri)
The government believes the Chinese fleet that sailed between Okinawa Island and Miyakojima island last week indicated once again that the Chinese Navy is increasing its efforts to expand the range of its operations. On Saturday, a fleet of 10 Chinese vessels, including two submarines, was spotted in international waters sailing between the two islands. As a result, the government is closely monitoring China's maritime activities in the area.
Apr 15Hatoyama looks vulnerable after fruitless U.S. trip(Japan Times)
When he visited the United States nearly seven months ago, Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama was making his diplomatic debut as the head of a new administration launched after a historic national election. But this time out, he toured Washington when voters at home and policymakers in the U.S. alike appeared frustrated with the seemingly endless debate over the fate of the Futenma base in Okinawa. Now that his latest trip is over, Hatoyama was seen by many as going home empty-handed, his future hanging in the balance.
Apr 15Japan's missed opportunity (New York Times)
Japan, one of the postwar era's strongest anti-nuclear voices, missed an opportunity at the nuclear summit that ended here on Tuesday to translate its commitment to disarmament into a premier spot on an emerging global agenda. Although the issue of nuclear nonproliferation was identified early on as a priority after Japan's new government took office in September, Mr. Hatoyama, who was seated next to President Obama over dinner, used his one-on-one time to discuss the relocation of the Futenma Marine Air Station on Okinawa, a thorn in the bilateral relationship.
Apr 14Ex-justice tied to cushy loan / 15 mil. yen received on generous terms from nonprofit entity he heads (Yomiuri)
A former Supreme Court justice who now heads a Justice Ministry-affiliated nonprofit body received a 15 million yen interest-free loan from the body without collateral and no specified repayment terms, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. The former justice, Yasukazu Kagawa, got the loan on extremely favorable terms in March 2009 from Minjiho Joho Center (civil law information center)--an entity of which Kagawa has been director general since 2005. Most of the 12-member board of directors are former Justice Ministry bureaucrats or district or high court judges.
Apr 13Japan presses China to raise emissions-cut target to curb warming (AP)
Japan urged China on Tuesday to raise its current target for mitigating its greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 as the country is now the world's biggest emitter of carbon dioxide, but Beijing defended the goal, saying it represents the "maximum efforts" that can be made by the nation, Japanese officials said. Industry Minister Masayuki Naoshima and Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada met separately with Xie Zhenhua, vice chairman of China's National Development and Reform Commission, to press Beijing to present a goal more ambitious than the current target of trimming its CO2 emissions per unit of gross domestic product by 40 to 45 percent in 2020 from they said.
Apr 13Japan says China subs, warships came near Okinawa (AP)
Japan's defense minister said Tuesday that Tokyo is investigating an incident in which two Chinese submarines and several warships were spotted in international waters off the southern island of Okinawa. "We are now conducting a detailed analysis, and will decide on our response after a thorough investigation, including whether there was any intent toward this country or not," Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa said. Encounters between China's growing military and the Japanese navy have increased in the waters between the two countries in recent years. The two governments both lay claim to valuable undersea gas deposits in the region, which they have agreed to jointly develop.
Apr 13Nuclear summit opens, Hatoyama plays up Japan's role on nuke security(AP)
A summit aimed at thwarting nuclear terrorism began in Washington with a working dinner Monday, with host U.S. President Barack Obama hoping to bring to fruition his goal of securing nuclear materials from theft or diversion within four years. In addition to Obama, Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and representatives from 45 other nations are taking part in the two-day Nuclear Security Summit, which Obama proposed to host during his landmark speech in Prague last April.
Apr 12Japan's Stumbling Revolution(Japan Focus)
The next couple of years will be crucial for the realization of genuine Japanese democracy. More than that. If the Minshuto leaders succeed in carrying out their aim of creating a cabinet-centered government this will be a grand example for others - one of the very few positive turns of fate in the political life of our planet. But the obstacles to achieving this are formidable. Not only domestic forces but also Washington will seek to torpedo the plans for a truly independent Japan that can stand on its own feet in the world. Understanding those obstacles well could help Japanese citizens contribute to the chances for a good outcome.
Apr 11New party aims to win 10 seats in upper house race (Kyodo)
Takeo Hiranuma, who heads the newly launched Sunrise Party of Japan, said Sunday his party aims to win at least 10 seats in the House of Councillors election to be held this summer. "We cannot prevent the (ruling) Democratic Party of Japan from winning a single-party majority unless we gain at least 10 seats," he told an NHK program.
Apr 11Public works project has DPJ in a dam mess (Japan Times)
Japan has 30,000 rivers, of which 113 are considered major. Japan also has half a million dams of various shapes, sizes and functions, and close to 3,000 of them were built for greater public purposes such as power generation, flood control and water supply. Japan is the most dammed country in the world, which indirectly says a lot about its reliance on public works for economic stimulation. Nevertheless, the majority of Japanese citizens know very little about the politics and science of water control.
By J.S. on Apr 22, 2010

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