Party donation issue dogs PM

TOKYO, March 10 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan Friday faced a political donation scandal similar to one that led to the resignation of his foreign minister.

Matsumoto to be Japan's new FM

TOKYO, March 9 (UPI) -- Takeaki Matsumoto Wednesday was named Japan's foreign minister, succeeding Seiji Maehara, who resigned over a political donation controversy.

Report: Japan's foreign minister to resign

TOKYO, March 6 (UPI) -- Japan's foreign minister will resign over an illegal campaign contribution, a source told the Kyodo news service.

Kan faces tough time to get bills passed

TOKYO, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan's government faced a tough time gaining support needed to win passage of key budget bills, some lawmakers said.
Lavrov: Peace talks with Tokyo futile

Lavrov: Peace talks with Tokyo futile

MOSCOW, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Until a dispute over ownership of a group of islands is resolved, peace talks with Japan lack meaning, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday.

Russia, Japan in verbal war over islands

MOSCOW, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday the South Kuril Islands are Russian, not Japanese, and promised to dispatch more troops there.

Japanese PM wants to improve China ties

TOKYO, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, seeking to strengthen ties with China, will set up a panel of experts to deal with bilateral issues, it was announced Friday.
Officials oppose relocating of Marine base

Officials oppose relocating of Marine base

TOKYO, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan's visit to Okinawa did little to soothe tensions over the relocation of a U.S. military base, officials said.
APEC wraps up on currency, trade themes

APEC wraps up on currency, trade themes

YOKOHAMA, Japan, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit concluded Sunday in Yokohama, Japan, with pledges to reduce trade barriers and currency battles, the group said.

China, Japan leaders meet briefly

TOKYO, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Japanese officials said they were encouraged despite a lack of substance from a meeting between Prime Minister Naoto Kan and Chinese President Hu Jintao.

Medvedev maintains position on islands

YOKOHAMA, Japan, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev reaffirmed his position on the Kuril Islands in a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, officials said.
Medvedev in Japan for upcoming summit

Medvedev in Japan for upcoming summit

YOKOHAMA, Japan, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is in Japan for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit to be held this weekend in Yokohama, officials said.

Vietnam, Japan reach nuclear accord

HANOI, Vietnam, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Vietnam and Japan said Sunday they have reached agreement on a nuclear cooperation pact.
China and Japan mending fences

China and Japan mending fences

BRUSSELS, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Japan's top government spokesman said Tuesday relations with China are expected to improve following a meeting between leaders of the two nations.

Kan hopes for European backing at summit

BRUSSELS, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan arrived in Brussels Sunday for a summit, hoping to mend relations with China, Japanese officials said.
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Naoto Kan
(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

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.

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