April 6, 2001 |
Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, one of Japan's most unpopular post-World War II leaders, told his Cabinet today that he will resign, but he set no date, the government's top spokesman said. Though Mori has long been expected to quit, this was the first time he said he would directly and publicly. The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is planning an election this month to choose a successor. The apparent top-runner to replace Mori is former Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto.
June 5, 2000 |
Just days after apologizing for calling Japan a "divine nation," Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori was criticized again Sunday for using language associated with the country's militaristic past. During a campaign speech Saturday night, Mori referred to Japan as a kokutai or "national polity"--a now-archaic term used in the decades leading up to World War II to connote a Japanese nation-state ruled by a divine emperor.
December 6, 2000 |
Hoping to give his government a renewed sense of legitimacy, Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori named a new Cabinet on Tuesday that includes two former premiers and reduced the number of posts. But with his popularity plummeting--it has been below 20% in recent polls--and deep divisions in his Liberal Democratic Party, doubts remained over Mori's ability to lead the nation. Two weeks ago, he barely survived a no-confidence motion.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 2000
Japan's new prime minister, Yoshiro Mori, has a huge credibility problem. His Cabinet is plagued by financial scandals, his "Japanese renaissance" plan--aimed at boosting the information technology sector--fell flat in the parliament and public approval of his policies is plummeting. Mori must come up with genuine reforms and sever his Liberal Democratic Party's cozy ties with business if he wants to gain public support.
July 5, 2000 |
The Japanese parliament voted Tuesday to let Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori keep his post, ensuring the continuation of his party's public-spending policies to turn around the economy. Mori appointed a new Cabinet later in the day but kept three key ministers in place--foreign affairs, finance and economic planning--in a move that appeared aimed at maintaining political stability as Japan resuscitates its economy. There was good news Tuesday on the economic front.