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Japan to decrease nuclear power?

Japan to decrease nuclear power?

TOKYO, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- The number of Japan's nuclear plants could dwindle down to zero in the future, said Japanese Industry minister Yoshio Hachiro, Kyodo News reports.
Kan calls Fukushima 'manmade disaster'

Kan calls Fukushima 'manmade disaster'

TOKYO, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Former Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said no "well-thought-out preparations" had been made before the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster.
Yoshihiko Noda elected PM of Japan

Yoshihiko Noda elected PM of Japan

TOKYO, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- The Japanese Parliament Tuesday elected Yoshihiko Noda as the country's sixth prime minister in five years. He succeeds Naoto Kan, who resigned last week.

5 vie to be Japanese prime minister

TOKYO, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Five members or former members of the Cabinet hope to succeed Naoto Kan as prime minister and head of the Democratic Party of Japan.
Japanese PM Naoto Kan resigns

Japanese PM Naoto Kan resigns

TOKYO, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, in office only since June 2010, resigned Friday, a move that had been widely anticipated.

Ex-Japanese foreign minister eyes top job

TOKYO, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Japan's former foreign minister, Seiji Maehara, confirmed he will run his party's leadership race next week to succeed Naoto Kan as prime minister.

Biden arrives in Tokyo

TOKYO, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden met Tuesday with Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan in Tokyo to discuss Japan's earthquake-related reconstruction, officials said.

DPJ sets date to pick new president

TOKYO, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Japan's ruling party will pick its new president Aug. 29 if Prime Minister Naoto Kan, who is also the party's president, resigns before then, the party said.

No early Sept. Japan-U.S. summit

TOKYO, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- A U.S.-Japan summit early next month has been set aside, a Japanese official said Friday, apparently because the Japanese prime minister may soon leave office.
Japan commemorates WWII surrender

Japan commemorates WWII surrender

TOKYO, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan repeated his pledge of peace Monday during the 66th anniversary of the country's surrender in World War II.
Report: Kan could resign this month

Report: Kan could resign this month

TOKYO, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, under pressure since the March 11 quake-triggered nuclear plant crisis, may resign as early as this month, lawmakers said.
Japan observes ironic nuclear anniversary

Japan observes ironic nuclear anniversary

HIROSHIMA, Japan, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- The 66th anniversary of the world's first atomic attack was marked Saturday in Hiroshima by Japan's prime minister, who disavowed nuclear policies.

Japan's power supply dilemma

TOKYO, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- The Japanese government is facing face the stark reality that the country will experience prolonged power shortages beginning in the winter if the nation's nuclear power resources are sidelined.
Japanese doubt Kan's nuclear phaseout

Japanese doubt Kan's nuclear phaseout

TOKYO, July 15 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan's move to phase out nuclear power is being roundly criticized even by those who share the goal, officials say.

Fukushima cleanup may take decades

TOKYO, July 9 (UPI) -- Prime Minister Naoto Kan predicted Saturday that decades from now Japan will still be struggling with the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
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(L-R)Japan's ruling Democratic Party of Japan President and Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, Tsutomu Hata, Finance Minister Naoto Kan, Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa raise their fists during their party's annual convention in Tokyo, Japan, on January 16, 2010. UPI/Keizo Mori
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Naoto Kan (菅 直人, Kan Naoto?, born 10 October 1946) is a Japanese politician, and former Prime Minister of Japan. In June 2010, then-Finance Minister Kan was elected as the leader of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) and designated Prime Minister by the Diet to succeed Yukio Hatoyama. On 26 August 2011, Kan announced his resignation. Yoshihiko Noda was formally appointed as Prime Minister by the Emperor of Japan on 2 September 2011.

Kan was born in Ube City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, as the son of Hisao Kan, an executive for a glass manufacturer. He graduated in 1970 from the Tokyo Institute of Technology and became a licensed benrishi (patent agent/attorney) in 1971.

His hobbies are go, shogi and origami. Kan built a machine to calculate the complicated mahjong point system and applied for a patent in 1973.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.
It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Naoto Kan."
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