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Jun 2, 2011

Japan PM survives with offer to quit once crisis overcome

TOKYO, June 2 (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan
on Thursday survived a no-confidence vote by offering to resign
once he has overcome the worst of the country’s nuclear crisis,
a last-minute deal with ruling party rebels who had threatened
to oust him from office.

Kan’s offer to step down buys him time to prepare an extra
budget to fund the rebuilding cost of the March 11 earthquake
and tsunami, but does little to resolve the country’s
long-running political and policy paralysis.

Jun 1, 2011

Japan PM faces party rebellion ahead of confidence vote

TOKYO (Reuters) – A former Japanese prime minister joined the swelling ranks of ruling party rebels trying to oust leader Naoto Kan, raising the risk that a no-confidence vote will pass in parliament on Thursday, forcing him to quit.

Japan’s fifth premier in as many years, Kan has come under fire for his handling of the nuclear crisis triggered by the March 11 earthquake, the world’s worst in quarter of a century.

Jun 1, 2011

Japan PM faces party rebellion; no-confidence vote looms

TOKYO (Reuters) – Rebels in Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s party on Wednesday cranked up pressure on the unpopular leader as he struggled with a nuclear crisis, threatening to back an opposition-sponsored no-confidence motion if he refused to step down.

Many analysts say Kan is likely to survive the vote in parliament, expected on Thursday, but that he will still face big hurdles implementing policies, including an extra budget to pay for rebuilding after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Jun 1, 2011

Japan PM faces party rebellion; no-confidence vote looms

TOKYO (Reuters) – Rebels in Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s party on Wednesday cranked up pressure on the unpopular leader as he struggled with a nuclear crisis, threatening to back an opposition-sponsored no-confidence motion if he refused to step down.

Many analysts say Kan is likely to survive the vote in parliament, expected on Thursday, but that he will still face big hurdles implementing policies, including an extra budget to pay for rebuilding after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

May 27, 2011

Japan moves to protect children as new nuclear leak revealed

May 27 (Reuters) – Japan will pay schools near the
quake-ravaged Fukushima nuclear power plant to remove
radioactive top soil and set a lower radiation exposure limit
for schoolchildren after a growing outcry over health risks.

The Education Ministry triggered protests in April when it
set a radiation exposure limit for children of 20 millisieverts
per year, the same dosage the International Commission on
Radiation Protection recommends for nuclear plant workers.

May 22, 2011

China pushes talks on North Korea as Kim visits

TOKYO (Reuters) – Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao defended six-party talks proposed by Beijing as the way to defuse volatile divisions on the Korean peninsula, even as China hosted North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, blamed by Japan and South Korea for inflaming regional tensions.

Wen made the comments at a summit meant to highlight harmony between Tokyo, Seoul and Beijing in the wake a deadly earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March. But the North Korean leader Kim’s latest trip to China, coinciding with the summit, exposed entrenched disagreements on how to handle Pyongyang.

May 22, 2011

China, South Korea vow help in Japan recovery

Tokyo (Reuters)- – Japan won pledges of help on Sunday from China and South Korea in its efforts to recover from a an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis that rocked the nation in March, with Beijing promising to start easing curbs on Japanese food imports.

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, who hosted an annual summit of the three Asian economic powers this weekend, has counted on the event to help ease concerns at home and abroad about the safety of Japan’s nuclear facilities and farm exports.

May 22, 2011

China says dialogue only way to solve Korea crisis

TOKYO (Reuters) – Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said on Sunday that dialogue is the only way to resolve the crisis on the Korean Peninsula, but Japan stressed that North Korea must first show sincerity in addressing concerns over its uranium enrichment activities before talks can resume.

Wen, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak also agreed at an annual summit to cooperate on disaster relief and nuclear safety.

May 19, 2011

North Asia summit to show goodwill on Japan crisis

TOKYO (Reuters) – The leaders of China and South Korea plan to visit an area near Japan’s stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant during an annual summit this weekend in a show of support for their neighbor’s efforts to tackle a prolonged humanitarian and nuclear crisis.

But mistrust over long-standing feuds may hurt Tokyo’s hopes to secure help in softening the economic damage from the March 11 disaster when the three nations, which account for 75 percent of Asia’s economy, hold discussions in Tokyo.

May 6, 2011

Japan PM rival widens ruling party rift over crisis

TOKYO (Reuters) – A heavyweight rival to Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan from his ruling party on Friday publicly blasted the leader’s handling of a nuclear crisis, as deepening rifts in the group threaten to stall policies after a March earthquake and tsunami.

The ruling party’s image could also take a hit after the deputy head of its disaster task force was discovered to have been playing golf in the Philippines during national holidays this week despite the humanitarian and nuclear crises at home.

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