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Japan postpones summit

TOKYO, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Japan Wednesday postponed a trilateral summit it was to host this month with South Korea and China because of Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda's resignation.

Japan firm on abduction issue

TOKYO, June 26 (UPI) -- Japan remained firm Thursday on the issue of the abduction of its nationals by North Korea.

Censure motion offered against Fukuda

TOKYO, June 11 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda, whose regime is fighting lagging approval ratings, was hit with an opposition-sponsored censure motion Wednesday.

Japanese officials accused of gift-taking

TOKYO, June 6 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda criticized more than 500 government officials for accepting gifts such as cash and material goods from taxicab drivers.

Japan to hold terrorism response drills

TOKYO, June 3 (UPI) -- Japan's central government and prefects were preparing Tuesday to conduct their first-ever biological and nuclear terrorism drills, a cabinet minister said.

Japan may send personnel to Afghanistan

TOKYO, June 1 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda said Sunday he is considering sending personnel to Afghanistan for "land-based activities."

Commercial plane will carry Japan aid

TOKYO, May 30 (UPI) -- Japan will use a commercial charter instead of military planes to airlift supplies to aid China's quake victims.
Dalai Lama stops in Japan on way to U.S.

Dalai Lama stops in Japan on way to U.S.

TOKYO, April 10 (UPI) -- The Dalai Lama stopped in Tokyo Thursday en route to the United States but Japanese leaders said there were no talks set up with the exiled Tibetan leader.
Japan opposition party delays tax vote

Japan opposition party delays tax vote

TOKYO, March 25 (UPI) -- The Democratic Party of Japan said it would block passage of a critical tax bill, due to expire Monday, ending a gasoline tax that goes toward road repair.

Japan files formal protest in rape case

TOKYO, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Japan Tuesday sent an official protest to the United States deploring the alleged rape of a 14-year-old girl by a U.S. Marine in Okinawa, a report said.

Korea nuke dance -- Part 2

MOSCOW, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Nobutaka Machimura said President Bush did not mention North Korea in his State of the Union address to send a positive signal aimed at further dialogue.
IVAN ZAKHARCHENKO, UPI Outside View Commentator

Japan suspends humpback whaling

TOKYO, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- A top Japanese government official said the country is suspending humpback whaling during reform talks at the International Whaling Commission.

Japanese official says he's a UFO believer

TOKYO, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- You can add the name of Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Nobutaka Machimura to the list of those who definitely believe in UFOs from space.

Japan protests reporter's death in Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Japan filed a formal protest with the government in Myanmar over the death of a Japanese journalist killed covering the ongoing civil unrest in Yangon.

Fukuda wins in lower house, Ozawa in other

TOKYO, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Japan’s lower house of Parliament Tuesday elected Yasuo Fukuda as prime minister, virtually assuring him of the post despite a setback in the upper house.
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Nobutaka Machimura (町村 信孝, Machimura Nobutaka?, born October 17, 1944) is a Japanese politician. He is a member of the House of Representatives of Japan and a member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. He was Chief Cabinet Secretary in the government of Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda from 2007 to 2008.

He attended the University of Tokyo and Wesleyan University in the United States. He was elected to his first term in the House of Representatives in the December 1983 election, and he has been re-elected in each election since. He became Minister of Education, Science, Sports and Culture on September 11, 1997, as part of Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto's second cabinet, and became State Secretary for Foreign Affairs on July 31, 1998, in Keizo Obuchi's first cabinet. In March 2000, he became Special Advisor to the Prime Minister, serving under Obuchi and his successor, Yoshiro Mori. On December 5, 2000, he became Minister of Education, Science, Sports and Culture and Director-General of the Science and Technology Agency, before becoming Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology on January 6, 2001.

He was the Minister for Foreign Affairs under Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi from September 27, 2004 to October 31, 2005. His goals included signing a treaty with Russia resolving a border dispute, and investigating the whereabouts of Japanese hostages who were kidnapped by North Korean agents during the 1970s and 1980s. He was replaced by Tarō Asō in the cabinet reshuffle that followed the September 11, 2005 election.

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