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Apr 5, 2012

Japan government fears non-nuclear summer will hamper restarts

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s government is rushing to try to restart two nuclear reactors, idled after the Fukushima crisis, by next month out of what experts say is a fear that surviving a total shutdown would make it hard to convince the public that atomic energy is vital.

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and three cabinet ministers are to meet on Thursday to discuss the possible restarts of the No. 3 and No. 4 reactors at Kansai Electric Power Co’s Ohi plant in Fukui, western Japan – a region dubbed the “nuclear arcade” for the string of atomic plants that dot its coast.

Apr 5, 2012

Japan rushes to restart reactors to avoid total shutdown

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s government is racing to get two nuclear reactors, idled after the Fukushima crisis, running again by next month out of what experts say is fear that a total shutdown would make it hard to convince a wary public that atomic power is vital.

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and three cabinet ministers are to meet on Thursday to discuss the possible restarts of the No. 3 and No. 4 reactors at Kansai Electric Power Co’s Ohi plant in Fukui, western Japan – a region dubbed the “nuclear arcade” for the string of atomic plants that dot its coast.

Apr 2, 2012

Insight: Dynamic CEOs defy Japan Inc’s decline

TOKYO (Reuters) – When Yusaku Maezawa quit playing drums in a punk band to devote himself full-time to his business selling Tokyo street fashion on the Internet, his main goal was to have fun.

Twelve years later, Maezawa, 36, is the billionaire CEO of online fashion retailer Start Today, one of a clutch of growing firms led by a different breed of executives determined to avoid the errors of the global Japanese brands whose faltering fortunes are making Japan Inc synonymous with decline.

Apr 2, 2012

Dynamic CEOs defy Japan Inc’s decline

TOKYO, April 3 (Reuters) – When Yusaku Maezawa quit playing
drums in a punk band to devote himself full-time to his business
selling Tokyo street fashion on the Internet, his main goal was
to have fun.

Twelve years later, Maezawa, 36, is the billionaire CEO of
online fashion retailer Start Today, one of a clutch of
growing firms led by a different breed of executives determined
to avoid the errors of the global Japanese brands whose
faltering fortunes are making Japan Inc synonymous with decline.

Mar 15, 2012

Exclusive – Japan’s Ozawa warns PM against sales tax hike

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese ruling party heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa threatened to vote against bills to increase the sales tax, the latest sign of trouble for Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and his battle to fix the nation’s tattered finances.

Analysts say if the proposals are voted down, Noda, Japan’s sixth leader in five years, will be under pressure to resign.

Mar 7, 2012

Insight: Japan missed tsunami wake-up call for change

TOKYO (Reuters) – Three months after Japan’s March 11 triple disaster, a long-time expert on the country arrived in Tokyo to research a book he intended to entitle “Rebirth of a Nation.”

Months later, Richard Samuels is calling his work “The Rhetoric of Crisis.”

Mar 7, 2012

Japan missed tsunami wake-up call for change

TOKYO, March 7 (Reuters) – Three months after Japan’s
March 11 triple disaster, a long-time expert on the country
arrived in Tokyo to research a book he intended to entitle
“Rebirth of a Nation.”

Months later, Richard Samuels is calling his work “The
Rhetoric of Crisis.”

Mar 5, 2012

Japan near deal with U.S. on Iran oil, wary of China on defense

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan and the United States are close to an agreement on cuts in Japanese imports of Iranian oil that will allow Tokyo to avoid U.S. sanctions, and may conclude a deal this month, Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba told Reuters on Monday.

But Gemba said the two sides might not make public the size of the cuts because of the possible impact on markets.

Feb 22, 2012

Japan mayor’s call for a “dictator” strikes chord with voters

TOKYO (Reuters) – “What Japan needs most now is a dictator.”

Toru Hashimoto, a lawyer and TV celebrity-turned politician,

was quick to add when he made that widely publicized remark last year that a Hitler-style dictatorship was neither desirable nor possible given Japan’s democratic checks and balances.

But the call for strong leadership from the charismatic mayor, whom some believe has ambitions to be Japan’s next premier, is resonating with voters frustrated by years of political deadlock that has kept the country from tackling the deep-rooted problems of a fast-ageing society.

Feb 17, 2012

Nuclear crisis turns Japan ex-PM Kan into energy apostle

TOKYO (Reuters) – Nearly a year after Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster, then-premier Naoto Kan is haunted by the spectre of an even bigger crisis forcing tens of millions of people to flee Tokyo and threatening the nation’s existence.

“Having experienced the 3/11 nuclear disaster, I changed my way of thinking. The biggest factor was how at one point, we faced a situation where there was a chance that people might not be able to live in the capital zone including Tokyo and would have to evacuate,” Kan told Reuters in an interview on Friday.

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