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Re: Japanese Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Sun Nov 29, 2009 9:35 pm

Monday, Nov. 30, 2009
Retired diplomat to testify on secret pact
Ex-bureaucrat, 91, set to tell court of Okinawa reversion deal
Kyodo News
A former senior Foreign Ministry official will testify Tuesday before the Tokyo District Court about state documents that plaintiffs argue indicate the existence of a secret Japan-U.S. pact about cost burdens for the 1972 reversion of Okinawa to Japan.

Although successive administrations of the now-ousted Liberal Democratic Party consistently denied the secret pact existed, 91-year-old Bunroku Yoshino, the ministry's former American Bureau chief who was one of Japan's negotiators for the reversion, has claimed otherwise.

The documents include one that is supposed to indicate that Japan secretly shouldered $4 million in costs on behalf of the United States to restore Okinawa farmland used by the U.S. military.

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20091130a1.html
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Re: Japanese Politics

Postby 123duyusee on Thu Dec 03, 2009 11:10 pm

Friday, Dec. 4, 2009

Futenma goes or we exit ruling bloc: SDP
No new base in Okinawa, says Fukushima
By JUN HONGO
Staff writer
The Social Democratic Party may leave the three-party ruling bloc if U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma remains in Okinawa as agreed to under a 2006 relocation accord between Tokyo and Washington, SDP President Mizuho Fukushima indicated Thursday.

If the pacifist party breaks with the coalition, it could destabilize the government because the ruling bloc, led by the Democratic Party of Japan, would lose its majority in the Upper House.

The SDP has five seats and the ruling bloc, not counting the SDP, has 120 seats in the 242-seat chamber.http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20091204a1.html

New government in Japan is facing a wall or rock dilemma in the base issue. Seems the ordinary folk want relief from a foreign base in their area. Deals can come to haunt an administration. Guess that if the one party leaves the bloc, the government will have a hard time implementing its other changes-tuition free year for high schoolers next year, and the toll-free highways on the main island.
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Re: Japanese Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Fri Dec 11, 2009 12:57 pm

Friday, Dec. 11, 2009
Guam head nixes base plan
Governor says island unable to take over Futenma functions
GUAM (Kyodo) Guam Gov. Felix Camacho has rejected the idea of relocating Okinawa's Futenma airfield to the U.S. territory, citing the island's limited capacity to host military facilities.

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Focal point: The coast of Nago, northern Okinawa, where Futenma air base is planned to be relocated, is shown in October. KYODO PHOTO

"We are already challenged with the present numbers of the relocation of 8,000 marines, and moving the entire Futenma base would not be possible due to our limited resources and capacity," Camacho said Wednesday after talks with visiting Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa, according to a news release from his office.http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20091211a4.html
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Re: Japanese Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Sat Jan 16, 2010 5:19 pm

Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010
Tie makers turn up heat on Cool Biz
Kyodo News
A group of tie manufacturers and wholesalers asked Environment Minister Sakihito Ozawa on Wednesday to halt the Cool Biz energy-saving campaign, claiming it has hurt their sales.

"Since the start of the Cool Biz campaign in 2005, necktie sales have dropped around 35 percent, with those on Father's Day falling during the June-September campaign period," Takeshi Kobori, who heads the group, said after meeting with Ozawa.
http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20100114a8.html

Tie makers need some savvy models from TV shows to boost business. Many dramas have characters in suits and ties, that can be spun-off into looks to promote for sale. There are other kinds of ties beside the usually elongated one that is knotted at the neck.

As luxury items (accessories) do well, perhaps make campaigns promoting Ascot scarves and the "country life" image. Or maybe a series of fun things to use ties for in a pinch! That would promote tie use.

Former Prime Minister Koizumi had a sense of Hollywood in promoting this campaign. Did he ever get into marketing, beyond doing interviews on his voiceover for an animation project?
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Re: Japanese Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Tue May 04, 2010 10:03 am

Japan's prime minister says some of Marine base will stay on Okinawa
Island residents oppose the airfield, and Hatoyama had promised that it would be removed.
The Associated Press
May 4, 2010 | 3:20 a.m.

Japan's prime minister said Tuesday that it will be impossible to move all parts of a key U.S. Marine base out of Okinawa, breaking with past promises to relocate the facility outside the southern island.

It was the first time since Yukio Hatoyama became prime minister in September that he officially acknowledged that at least part of Futenma U.S. Marine Corps airfield would remain in Okinawa, which hosts more than half the 47,000 American troops based in Japan under a security pact.

Hatoyama had frozen a 2006 agreement with the U.S. on moving Futenma to a less crowded part of the island, saying instead he wanted to move it off Okinawa, or even outside the country. He has set an end-of-May deadline to announce a decision on the thorny issue that has strained ties with Washington.
http://www.latimes.com/news/la-fgw-okinawa-20100504,0,4578054.story
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Re: Japanese Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Wed Jun 02, 2010 3:02 pm

Japanese prime minister to quit over Okinawa
Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press

Wednesday, June 2, 2010
(06-02) 04:00 PDT Tokyo --

Embattled Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama said today that he is resigning over his broken campaign promise to move a U.S. Marine base off the southern island of Okinawa.

The prime minister faced growing pressure from within his own party to resign ahead of July's upper house elections. His approval ratings had plummeted over his bungled handling of the relocation of the Marine Air Station Futenma, reinforcing his public image as an indecisive leader.
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A politically hot summer for the government this year. Who is willing to step forward as the next leader?
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Re: Japanese Politics

Postby deja vu on Wed Jun 02, 2010 3:28 pm

What a mess. It seems there were high hopes with the dramatic change in the last election and now this.
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Re: Japanese Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Wed Nov 17, 2010 3:24 pm

Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010
Funds for stimulus get Lower House OK
By NATSUKO FUKUE
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A ¥5.1 trillion supplementary budget for fiscal 2010 aimed mainly at financing an economic stimulus package cleared the Lower House on Tuesday.

The bill will be sent Thursday to the Upper House.

Although the Democratic Party of Japan-led ruling bloc does not hold an Upper House majority, the bill is expected to be passed next week even if vetoed in the chamber because the decision by the Lower House, where the DPJ holds a comfortable majority, will hold sway.

The DPJ-led government hoped the budget would clear the Lower House on Monday, but it wasn't pushed through until Tuesday afternoon after the Liberal Democratic Party submitted no-confidence motions to the chamber against transport minister Sumio Mabuchi and Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshito Sengoku.http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20101117a4.html

About time that the matter got some traction. Though there was a change in prime ministers just prior to the June G20 Summit, so that likely delayed some earlier discussions. Got to get the votes and support.
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Re: Japanese Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Mon Mar 07, 2011 7:36 pm

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While China may have some of its population experiencing better disposable incomes, that does not necessarily mean that the poorer population sees that money distributed towards helpful social programs. The cartoon shows Japan as being in need to watch its cash but does that Chinese car show any money going to anyone else?
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Re: Japanese Politics

Postby deja vu on Mon Mar 07, 2011 9:53 pm

Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan has brushed off calls for his resignation, after the foreign minister stepped down over a funding scandal at the weekend.

Mr Kan told parliament that he intended to fulfil his duties until elections, which must be held by late 2013. The opposition, which controls the upper house, wants an early poll and is threatening to block budget bills.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12662747


Five PMs in 5 years is not a great record. How many months has this new one been on the job? If he steps down, is an election immediately called or a replacement takes over for a while?
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