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  • Japan names outspoken populist Naoto Kan as new PM

    06/04/2010 5:38:37 AM PDT · by paudio · 3 replies · 550+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 6/4/10 | TOMOKO A. HOSAKA
    Japan's parliament elected outspoken populist Naoto Kan as prime minister Friday, handing the political veteran the immediate task of rallying his party and reclaiming its mandate for change before elections next month. Kan succeeds Yukio Hatoyama, who stepped down Wednesday after squandering the public's high hopes with broken campaign promises, including moving a U.S. Marine base off Okinawa island, and financial scandals.
  • (Japanese PM) Hatoyama announces resignation (because of USMC Okinawa base agreement)

    06/02/2010 2:03:31 AM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies · 404+ views
    UPI Asia ^ | 6/1/2010
    TOKYO, June 1 (UPI) -- Embattled Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama announced his decision to step down Wednesday after only eight months in office. The leader of the Democratic Party of Japan, which he helped come to power last September after the August elections, announced his decision at a general assembly of party lawmakers, Kyodo News reported. The prime minister's ruling coalition has seen its public approval ratings plunge in recent months. Things came to a head after the Social Democratic Party, a coalition partner, decided to leave over the government's accord allowing the U.S. Marine base's air station to...
  • Japanese Prime Minister may resign 'within 48 hours'

    06/01/2010 6:11:59 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 11 replies · 316+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 6/1/2010
    Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama may step down within the next 48 hours amid growing public and political resentment at his handling of the relocation of a US Marines Corps base in Okinawa. Japanese Prime MInister Yukio Hatoyama Mr Hatoyama is scheduled to have showdown talks with Ichiro Ozawa, the secretary general of the Democratic Party of Japan, on Tuesday evening. Mr Ozawa is widely considered to be the party's kingmaker and the meeting may well determine the prime minister's political fate. Earlier on Tuesday, Mr Hatoyama said he was willing to stay on as prime minister, despite growing criticism...
  • Report: Japan's prime minister to resign-Marine base in Okinawa, falling poll numbers to blame...

    06/01/2010 6:15:54 PM PDT · by John W · 49 replies · 2,139+ views
    MSNBC ^ | June 1, 2010 | MSNBC
    TOKYO - Japanese prime minister Yukio Hatoyama has said he intends to resign, a media report said Wednesday. Public broadcaster NHK said that Hatoyama told his party executives he intended to step down over his broken campaign promise to move a U.S. Marine base off the southern island of Okinawa.
  • Japanese PM Yukio Hatoyama resigns amid Okinawa row

    06/01/2010 10:47:47 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 367+ views
    BBC News ^ | 6/1/2010 | BBC News
    Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama has announced his resignation after just eight months in office. He was forced out after breaking an election pledge to move an unpopular US military base away from the southern island of Okinawa. The move comes as his Democratic Party of Japan (DJP) struggles to revive its chances in an election due in July. The centre-left DPJ's election landslide last year ended half a century of conservative rule in Japan. But wrangling over the base distracted attention from their broader aims - pursuing a more equal alliance with the US, a bigger welfare state, and...
  • Okinawa Decision Has Missile Defense Element

    05/26/2010 9:00:20 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies · 373+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 5/25/2010 | David A. Fulghum
    By backpedaling on a campaign promise to move a U.S. Marine Corps airbase from Okinawa, Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama may have nonetheless secured additional airborne cruise missile and tactical ballistic missile defenses for Japan. China is seen as the cruise missile threat since it has developed a new, faster, long-range weapon that can be launched from its Su-27MKK strike fighter fleet. North Korea has the greater fear factor, however, because of its suspected nuclear ballistic missile capability and its government’s erratic behavior and apparent aggressions, such as the alleged sinking of a South Korea warship. Okinawa is already home...
  • Tokyo wobbles on the American alliance (Obama Humiliates Another Key American Ally)

    04/22/2010 9:18:28 AM PDT · by mojito · 56 replies · 1,729+ views
    Financial Times ^ | 4/21/2010 | David Pilling
    When Japan’s prime minister visited Washington this month, Japanese officials lobbied intensely to get him a one-on-one with Barack Obama. In the end, Yukio Hatoyama had to settle for just 10 minutes, and even that during a banquet when the US president was presumably more interested in the appetisers and wine. These things matter in Japan. One senior politician called the put-down – as it was inevitably viewed in Tokyo – “humiliating”. He even noted that the Japanese prime minister was shunted to the edge of a group photo, the diplomatic equivalent of banishment to Siberia. It would be wrong...
  • The USS America is sinking—and Japan is getting off while it can.

    09/27/2009 11:10:34 AM PDT · by Orange1998 · 72 replies · 4,672+ views
    For over 50 years, one party ruled Japan virtually uninterrupted. During that time, Japan remained a loyal ally and supporter of U.S. policy. This month, a historic event took place. Japan has new leadership. In a landslide victory, a new party has done the seemingly impossible. A new freshman class of leaders now governs the Land of the Rising Sun. The effects are already rippling across the Pacific toward America. Yukio Hatoyama is Japan’s new leader. He officially took office last Wednesday, and he is already threatening to split with the United States. Hatoyama blames America for the global economic...
  • I have been abducted by aliens, says Japan's first lady

    09/03/2009 2:28:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies · 1,459+ views
    The London Independent | September 3, 2009 | Peter Popham
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/i-have-been-abducted-by-aliens-says-japans-first-lady-1780888.html