More than two decades after a short- lived effort to shake up Japanese politics, Morihiro Hosokawa is taking another crack at a lasting legacy -- with a bid to permanently shutter the nation’s nuclear reactors in a challenge to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
China and Japan, Asia’s two most powerful nations, are increasingly jousting in the skies and in the seas near a set of disputed islands. Although their economies remain deeply intertwined, relations between the two governments seem locked in an irreversible, dangerous downward spiral.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s victory in a ruling party leadership race brings him closer to a decision on whether to call elections as he confronts a slowing economy and a territorial spat with China.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda called for talks to contain economic damage from a diplomatic dispute with China as Japan’s largest trading partner downgraded its delegation to an annual gathering in Tokyo.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda failed to reach agreement with the two largest opposition parties on passing legislation needed to fund government spending amid a standoff over when to call elections.
Japan’s new Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda in his first days in office started to deliver a difficult message to a public still in shock from the Fukushima nuclear disaster: Atomic power is needed to save the economy.