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.
April 15, 2003 |
There are bear markets, and then there are bear markets. Japan's main stock index fell to a fresh 20-year low Monday despite a government report on the economy that pointed to a few bright spots. Some analysts said the selling was led by corporate pension funds struggling to raise cash. The Nikkei index of 225 blue-chip stocks fell 64.39 points, or 0.8%, to 7,752.10. It was the lowest close by the index since Nov. 17, 1982. The Nikkei is down 9.6% this year. By contrast, the U.S.
July 3, 2001 |
A court issued an arrest warrant Monday for a U.S. Air Force sergeant suspected of raping an Okinawan woman in a trendy tourist area. Japanese authorities moved with unusual swiftness to obtain a warrant for the suspect, identified by police as Timothy B. Woodland. Police said he denied involvement during questioning. Yasuo Fukuda, Japan's top government spokesman, said today that Japan had formally requested that Woodland be handed over.
December 26, 2003 |
Japan dispatched its first military unit to Iraq today, spearheading the country's biggest overseas deployment since World War II. The advance air force contingent of 23 personnel left this morning, split between two commercial flights to Kuwait and Qatar from Tokyo's international airport. The rest of the 40-plus-member advance team was to leave in coming days, but officials would not give details. "The time has come for us to go," Col.