Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi, deputy policy chief for the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, comments on who should succeed Prime Minister Naoto Kan when he fulfills a pledge to step down, Kan’s performance and the likelihood of passing his legislative goals.
In 1984, Yoshihiko Noda was part of a Japanese youth group visiting China welcomed by an up-and- coming official named Hu Jintao. Now leaders of their nations, the two are locked in a conflict over barren islands that threatens to undermine a legacy of 40 years of diplomatic ties.
The Group of Eight foreign ministers meeting in Washington this week should deliver “a very strong message” against North Korea’s plans to launch a satellite within days, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said.
Japan’s Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba expressed his condolences to his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, over the deaths of people during the July 7 flooding in the southern Russian town Krymsk, RIA Novosti reported, citing Gemba.