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Re: Japanese Politics

Postby ice cream on Fri May 13, 2011 6:02 pm

Three top US senators have called for a review of a planned reorganisation of US forces in East Asia, including the Okinawa base relocation project.

The senators described the realignment plans as "unworkable and unaffordable". Political realities in Okinawa, plus the economic damage suffered by quake-hit Japan, made the base relocation plan "unrealistic" they said.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-13372194


I thought this was settled, but looks like I'm wrong.

I'm beginning to wonder if it will ever be settled.
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Re: Japanese Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Wed May 25, 2011 3:48 pm

Missed the news from last week that Japan will announce its intention to join the 1980 Hague Convention regarding child abductions/custody. Japan has long been criticised by the US and other nations for not signing the convention, which can assist non-custodial parents with access to their children with Japanese spouses (or former spouses).

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20110520a4.html

It so happens that May 25 is Missing Children's Day in the United States.

"They confront unfamiliar legal, cultural and linguistic barriers, suffer emotional trauma and face significant and long-term financial costs," said Jacobs, who was appointed last year to head the State Department's Office of Children's Issues (OCI).

The OCI is the central authority in the United States for the 1980 Hague Convention, an international agreement that requires kidnapped children to be returned promptly to their country of habitual residence.
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Re: Japanese Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Tue Sep 06, 2011 11:27 am

Japan's new prime minister, Yoshihiko Noda, replaces Naoto Kan. Kan was highly visible during the Sendai post-earthquake efforts in March and April but he was criticized for other matters that affected his party's popularity.

Typhoon Talas' impact on Wakayama Prefecture continues-there were landslides and flooding as well as lost lives. Noda will visit Fukushima on Thursday and then Wakayama Prefecture on Friday.
Tuesday, Sep. 6, 2011
Supplies to be sent to cut-off areas
Thousands in Wakayama, Nara prefectures still without gas, electricity
Kyodo
Efforts to search for missing people and deliver relief supplies to isolated communities faced difficulties Tuesday as roads and other lifelines remained severed in Nara and Wakayama prefectures after powerful Typhoon Talas wreaked havoc across the region over the weekend.

According to a tally as of early Tuesday afternoon based on reports by local police and fire departments, a total of 42 people were killed and 55 remained missing in floods and mudslides caused by the typhoon.
http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20110906x2.html

Noda is mentioning the need to restore atomic power in Japan to help the economy. There have been indications that industries will consider moving operations if power supplies are not assured. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-09-04/noda-tells-japanese-atomic-power-needed-to-save-economy-as-he-takes-office.html
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Re: Japanese Politics

Postby deja vu on Wed Jul 24, 2013 4:37 pm

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http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/20 ... -to-japan/


Caroline Kennedy will be the next Ambassador to Japan if all goes as planned. I don't know if she is the best choice for the position. It seems to be more of a bonus for doing so much charity work for the democratic party. The Kennedy name will only get her so far, her inexperience may do her in.

I wonder how she will be received by the country and the politicians, and I don't remember ever reading that she speaks the language at any level.
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Re: Japanese Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Wed May 13, 2015 3:48 pm

Did you know that the Japanese Government recognizes people in other countries that help promote Cherry Festivals in their areas? One woman from Georgia state in the USA was recognized for three decades of efforts in Macon, Georgia.
Tokyo, April 29, 2015 — The Government of Japan announced the foreign recipients of the 2015 Spring Imperial Decorations. Among 85 foreign recipients is Mrs. Carolyn Crayton, Founder and Former President and CEO of Macon, Georgia’s International Cherry Blossom Festival, who will receive the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays, in recognition of her contribution to promoting cultural exchanges and understanding of Japan in the United States through a cherry blossom festival.

http://gasiantimes.com/metro-asian-news/japan-conferred-macon-resident-for-her-work-with-cherry-blossom-festival/

500 Yoshino cherry trees were planted decades ago? That is amazing.
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Re: Japanese Politics

Postby up-down on Wed Jul 01, 2015 3:22 pm

The Diet enacted a bill on Wednesday that will oblige municipalities and businesses near volcanoes to compile evacuation plans in the event that a volcano erupts.

The change will affect local governments and institutions adjacent to 50 volcanoes. The bill to revise the law on special measures concerning active volcanoes was approved at a plenary meeting of the Upper House following its passage through the Lower House last month.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/0 ... ZRLW-GLT5s

Why did they need a bill to do what would be considered common sense?

Guess it's better late than never.
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