Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Japan will join negotiations on an American-led regional trade accord opposed by some of his core supporters as he seeks to boost growth and strengthen ties with the U.S.
Yukio Edano followed Prime Minister Naoto Kan through the creation of a political party in 1996 and the ascent of their Democratic Party of Japan to power 18 months ago. Now, as Japan faces its worst crisis since World War II, he embodies Kan’s strategy of transparency.
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan sparked a succession race after announcing his resignation, undone by a backlash over his handling of the March earthquake and tsunami that spawned the nation’s deepest postwar crisis.
Japan’s credit rating downgrade gives Prime Minister Naoto Kan an opportunity to push fiscal restructuring measures, such as raising the country’s sales tax, provided he can ward off attacks over his leadership abilities.
Japan’s Prime Minister Naoto Kan said he intends to win passage of three bills responding to the earthquake and nuclear crisis before stepping down, defining for the first time conditions for fulfilling his pledge to resign.
Japan’s Prime Minister Naoto Kan sought to head off calls for his resignation amid turmoil over political donations to ruling-party members that threatens to leave the government without statutory funding for months.