May 7, 2004 |
A powerful advisor to Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi resigned after admitting that he failed to make mandatory payments into the troubled national pension system. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuo Fukuda was so influential he was known as the "shadow foreign minister." Japan is struggling to salvage the financially troubled pension system as its society rapidly ages.
February 1, 2002 |
Yoriko Kawaguchi was named Japan's new foreign minister, replacing Makiko Tanaka, who was forced to resign earlier this week. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuo Fukuda announced that Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi had chosen Kawaguchi, who headed the Environment Ministry. "As environment minister, she has proved her expertise and ability as a negotiator in the global warming talks," Fukuda said.
January 11, 2008 |
Japan's ruling coalition forced a bill through parliament today to revive a U.S.-backed anti-terrorism mission in the Indian Ocean, clearing the way for Japanese ships to return to the region. Japan had refueled ships since 2001 in support of U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan, but was forced to abandon the mission in November when the opposition blocked its extension.
August 3, 2001 |
Japan's outspoken foreign minister caved in to orders from the prime minister Thursday, agreeing to dismiss Tokyo's ambassador to Washington and three other officials over a series of embezzlement scandals. Makiko Tanaka had resisted Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's request to remove Ambassador Shunji Yanai, saying earlier in the day that she needed his experience to plan for President Bush's visit to Tokyo in October.
December 1, 2000 |
In a move that could spell more trouble for beleaguered Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, the top lieutenant in his ruling party resigned today. Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Hiromu Nonaka, the eminence grise of the long-dominant party, told reporters that he had met with Mori and tendered his resignation, which Mori had accepted.
December 13, 2000 |
Peru's disgraced ex-president, Alberto Fujimori, said that dangers at home prevented his return but that he will keep his Peruvian nationality despite also holding Japanese citizenship, domestic media said today. It was the first time the strongman who governed Peru for a decade before going into exile last month in Japan had said he would retain his Peruvian nationality.
July 13, 2008 |
Olympic opening ceremonies tend to be less about protest and more about pomp: Athletes parade, torches are lighted, interpretive dancers sway in time. But this year, the upcoming ceremonies in Beijing became an issue as activists protesting China's human rights record urged leaders not to show up. Last week, a month before the Summer Games begin, President Bush announced that he would attend. Here's what some other world leaders will do and why.
March 17, 2004 |
Japan's willingness to consider an alternative to testing for mad cow disease all 35 million cattle the U.S. slaughters each year may help end the country's ban on U.S. beef imports, said U.S. Agriculture Undersecretary J.B. Penn. Japan, the biggest importer of U.S. beef, said Monday it may accept something other than blanket testing if the U.S. can ensure the meat is safe. On Monday, the U.S.
September 21, 2003 |
Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi easily won reelection Saturday as head of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party and is likely to parlay that victory into a second term at the helm of the world's second-largest economy. Saturday's vote opens the way for the 61-year-old leader to dissolve the lower house of parliament and call elections as early as November.
October 25, 2002 |
The drama of the Japanese abducted to North Korea took a new turn Thursday with the announcement that the five who are visiting Japan will stay indefinitely and hope that their families can join them. The announcement by Japan intensified the tug of war between Tokyo and its Communist neighbor. It threatened to add diplomatic complications to an extraordinary human tragedy that has left the abductees torn between the families they left in Japan decades ago and the families they formed in exile.