We cannot accept a proposal that would end our research whaling programJapan rejects whaling compromise Feb 03, 2009
It's possible for suits and uniforms to coexist and support the Cabinet by splitting the ministry into three functions -- developing defense capacity, conducting actual operations and overseeing Diet deliberations and explanationsFukuda demands Defense Ministry reform Feb 23, 2008
If Godzilla were to show up, it would be a dispatch for disaster reliefJapan ready to tackle Godzilla Dec 22, 2007
It is important for navies and coast guards of Asian countries to cooperate in tackling (pirate activities), and Japan is ready to meet its responsibilities in this regionJapan may use military to fight pirates Jun 05, 2004
It would depend on how the new U.N. resolution turns out, but it's not to say that Japan cannot participate just because it is a multinational forceJapan should stay in Iraq, general says May 16, 2004
Shigeru Ishiba (石破 茂 Ishiba Shigeru, born 4 February 1957) is a Japanese politician. He was Minister of Defense under Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda from 2007 to 2008 and was also Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
He is a graduate of Keio University and formerly served in the Mitsui bank. He was a major proponent of bringing Japan into the multinational force in Iraq in 2003.
Ishiba is a member of the Liberal Democratic Party and part of the LDP faction led by Yūji Tsushima.