'5-nation' talks may be held on N. Korea

TOKYO, May 13 (UPI) -- The Japanese foreign minister suggests that if North Korea refuses to return to the six-party talks, the other countries involved could hold "five-nation" talks

Japan seeks to confirm abduction reports

TOKYO, May 10 (UPI) -- Japan's government is trying to confirm reports that a Japanese citizen was abducted by insurgents in Iraq, officials said Tuesday.

Japan PM to visit Russia

TOKYO, May 8 (UPI) -- Japan's prime minister was expected be in Moscow this week to attend World War II events and to ask the Russian president to visit Japan.

Japan plays down N. Korean missile launch

TOKYO, May 2 (UPI) -- Japan has played down the impact on its security of North Korea's firing of a short-range missile in the Sea of Japan on Sunday.

Japan ministers shed jackets for energy

TOKYO, May 1 (UPI) -- Japan's Cabinet ministers have said they will not wear neckties and jackets from June to September to save energy in government offices.

Japan, China to hold talks in May

TOKYO, April 25 (UPI) -- Japan's chief cabinet secretary said Monday his country plans to hold talks next month with China to repair bilateral relations.

Japan's stocks affected by protests

TOKYO, April 19 (UPI) -- Anti-Japan protests in China are having an effect on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, the Asahi Shimbun reported Tuesday. The Nikkei 225 index dropped 432.25 points Monday to close at 10,938.44, below the psychologically important 11,000-point level for the firs

Arms embargo high on Japan-France agenda

TOKYO, March 25 (UPI) -- Japanese concerns about the European Union lifting its arms embargo on China will be high on the agenda when the leaders of Japan and France meet Sunday.

Japan's jobless rate at six-year low

TOKYO, March 1 (UPI) -- Japan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stood at a six-year low of 4.5 percent in January, unchanged from December, Kyodo News reported Tuesday. The number of unemployed fell 270,000 to 2.96 million in the reporting month from a year earlier, down f

Female succession rumors quashed in Japan

TOKYO, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- A senior Japanese government official dismissed speculation Tuesday that the country was ready to accept a female seated on the imperial throne.

Koizumi cancels meetings due to flu

TOKYO, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi canceled all public engagements Monday, taking his first sick leave since assuming office, due to a bout of flu.

Japanese jittery over match with N.Korea

TOKYO, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- The Japanese government has urged soccer fans not to harass the North Korean team when it plays Japan in the World Cup qualifying match Feb. 9 near Tokyo.

Japan opens its pursestrings for own aid

TOKYO, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Even the prime minister acknowledges that the Japanese economy isn't out of the woods just yet. But despite the uncertain growth prospects, Japan's lawmakers vo
SHIHOKO GOTO, UPI Senior Business Correspondent

Japan sends troops to tsunami areas

TOKYO, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Japan will send some 1,400 Self-Defense Forces personnel to tsunami-hit areas of Southeast Asia to deliver relief supplies, Asahi Shimbun reported Thursday.

Japan considers having woman on the throne

TOKYO, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Japan has formed a panel to decide whether or not a woman could be allowed to sit on the Chrysanthemum Throne in the absence of a male heir.
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Hiroyuki Hosoda (細田 博之?, born April 5, 1944) is a Japanese politician of the Liberal Democratic Party, a member of the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature). From 2004 to 2005, he was the Chief Cabinet Secretary in Junichiro Koizumi's Cabinets, succeeded by Shinzo Abe on October 31, 2005.

A native of Matsue, Shimane and graduate of the University of Tokyo, he worked at the Ministry of International Trade and Industry from 1967 to 1986. He was elected to the House of Representatives for the first time in 1990.

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