October 3, 2009
(Corrects age in last paragraph to ...57 ..., not 58) TOKYO (Reuters) - Former Japanese finance minister Shoichi Nakagawa, who resigned his key post after being forced to deny he was drunk at a G7 news conference in February, has died, Tokyo police said on Sunday. Authorities were trying to determine the cause of the 56-year-old, ex-lawmaker's death, who was found dead in a bedroom in his house in Tokyo, a police spokesman said. The possibility of suicide is low, Kyodo News Agency reported, citing the police, adding he had...
December 16, 2012 |
TOKYO — Japan's voters on Sunday returned power to the Liberal Democratic Party, the colossus that until 2009 ran post-World War II Japan nearly without interruption and that now reinherits the major economic problems that no leader in Tokyo has been able to fix. Based on projections after the polls closed, the parliamentary election delivered an emphatic change. Public broadcaster NHK said the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) grabbed 294 spots in the 480-seat lower house, up from the 118 it had before.
September 21, 2012 |
SEOUL — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda easily defeated three challengers in a ruling party election Friday, earning him the right to keep his job at least a while longer as Japan deals with a controversial new energy policy and a territorial spat with China . In the vote by party lawmakers and regional members, Noda garnered 68 percent of the tally. But that overwhelming victory, political analysts said, shows only that he is well supported by a ruling party that the country...
July 21, 2013 |
JAPANESE VOTERS gave Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) control of the upper house of parliament in an election Sunday, meaning that for the first time in six years the LDP will have control of both chambers of the Diet. The question is, how will Mr. Abe make use of this opportunity. The United States has a big stake in the answer. The LDP won control of the more powerful lower house in December, giving Mr. Abe a second chance at the premiership.
February 20, 2013 |
TOKYO When Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meets with President Obama on Friday , he will be seeking to press not one but three reset buttons. The United States has a big stake in at least two of his goals — and it's within Obama's power to help realize them. Abe hopes to put back on track a U.S.-Japan relationship frayed by political instability in his country, which has rotated prime ministers every year since 2006. He hopes to kick-start Japan's economy, transforming the country from...
October 31, 2008 |
TOKYO, Oct. 30 -- Prime Minister Taro Aso moved Thursday to shelter Japanese taxpayers from global financial turmoil -- and to put off a national election that polls suggest could toss him and his ruling party out of power. Aso, who has been in office a little more than five weeks, unveiled a sweeping stimulus package crammed with crowd-pleasing attributes, including a proposal to dispense $20 billion among all the households in the country. Under the plan, a family of four can expect a $600 check.