Okinawa governor unhappy about U.S. base

TOKYO, June 15 (UPI) -- A plan to move a U.S. military air station from one part of Okinawa to another is hard to accept, the governor of the Japanese island said Tuesday.

Japan PM calls cattle disease 'crisis'

MIYAZAKI, Japan, June 12 (UPI) -- A foot-and-mouth disease outbreak on the island of Kyushu is a "national crisis," Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Saturday during a visit to the area.

Japanese PM gives first policy speech

TOKYO, June 11 (UPI) -- Prime Minister Naoto Kan promised Friday to abandon failed policies to get Japan out of the economic doldrums as he made his first major speech to Parliament.
Japanese PM Kan names new Cabinet

Japanese PM Kan names new Cabinet

TOKYO, June 8 (UPI) -- Japan's new prime minister, Naoto Kan, named his Cabinet Tuesday in advance of next month's elections to the upper house, where his party needs to do well.
Kan assures Obama

Kan assures Obama

TOKYO, June 7 (UPI) -- The security alliance with the United States will remain the cornerstone of Japan's foreign policy, its new prime minister said.

Private sector official to get China post

TOKYO, June 7 (UPI) -- The new Japanese government of Prime Minister Naoto Kan has tapped a private sector official to be its next ambassador to China, sources told Kyodo News Monday.
Naoto Kan elected prime minister of Japan

Naoto Kan elected prime minister of Japan

TOKYO, June 4 (UPI) -- Naoto Kan, who had been deputy prime minister, was elected prime minister of Japan Friday, officials said.

Kan seen as likely Japanese PM

TOKYO, June 3 (UPI) -- Japan's ruling Democratic Party of Japan Friday began the process of picking a new party president, who likely would become the country's next prime minister.
Party works to select Hatoyama successor

Party works to select Hatoyama successor

TOKYO, June 3 (UPI) -- Japanese Finance Minister Naoto Kan emerged Thursday as the leading candidate to succeed Yukio Hatoyama as prime minister, political observers said.

Hatoyama leaves office after eight months

TOKYO, June 2 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, hobbled by government scandals and criticism of relocation of a U.S. base, resigned after just eight months in office.

Japan's February CPI down 1.2 percent

TOKYO, March 26 (UPI) -- Japan's February CPI fell 1.2 percent from the same month of last year, the government said Friday, worsening deflationary pressures on the economy.

Cabinet meets to decide on JAL

TOKYO, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- The Japanese Cabinet met Friday to decide on how the ailing Japan Airlines can be turned around.

Japan gets new finance minister

TOKYO, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Naoto Kan, who will take on added duties as the Finance Minister, won praise Thursday from Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama.

Hatoyama names two to new Cabinet

TOKYO, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- OYukio Hatoyama, expected to be Japan's next prime minister, says he has tabbed Democratic Party of Japan figures Naoto Kan and Katsuya Okada for Cabinet posts.

Japan to vote on supplemental budget

TOKYO, May 28 (UPI) -- Ruling and opposition parties in Japan agreed to a record $144 billion supplemental budget that will go to a parliamentary vote.

Lawmaker: Emperor should have resigned

TOKYO, May 9 (UPI) -- A Japanese lawmaker has said the late Emperor Hirohito, known as Emperor Showa, should have stepped down when Japan lost World War II to take responsibility.

Another 13 hit by Japan's pension scandal

TOKYO, May 13 (UPI) -- Japan's pension fund scandal has broadened as another 13 politicians have admitted they failed to make compulsory payments to the national program.

Ozawa to lead opposition DPJ party

TOKYO, May 12 (UPI) -- The secretary-general of the opposition Democratic Party of Japan Wednesday asked Ichiro Ozawa to lead the party in place of Naoto Kan, who has resigned.

Kan resigned from DPJ head

TOKYO, May 10 (UPI) -- Japan's continuing national pension saga claimed another politician's head Monday on the heels of the chief cabinet minister a few days earlier.

Japan party chief says he won't resign

TOKYO, May 9 (UPI) -- Several Japanese national lawmakers have not made mandatory pension premium payments and some may be pressured to resign, The Japan Times reported Sunday.

Japanese official, Annan discuss Iraq

NEW YORK, May 1 (UPI) -- Japan's largest opposition party will support troops being sent to Iraq if they are part of a multinational force led by the United Nations.
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