Yoshihiko Noda

THREE YEARS AFTER: DPJ’s ‘no-nuclear’ bill obliterated after ...
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda speaks on the first anniversary of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami before a photo of a disaster area. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Democratic Party of Japan administration had devised a specific plan to wean Japan off nuclear energy, but legislation to put that strategy in motion died when the party...
VOX POPULI: Abe has the power to settle the nuclear issue once and ...
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, right, declares he will dissolve the Lower House during a debate with Shinzo Abe, president of the Liberal Democratic Party, at a Diet session on Nov. 14, 2012. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Though it feels longer, it has only been a year since then Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda declared during a debate with Liberal Democratic Party President Shinzo Abe that he...
Japan, China were close to preventing current turmoil over...
The Senkaku Islands in May 2013 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A power struggle in China ruined Japan’s attempt at the last minute to prevent fallout over its plan to put the disputed Senkaku Islands under state control, according to a...
EDITORIAL: Japan, South Korea should immediately resolve comfort...
Former comfort women and their supporters hold a rally in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul on Aug. 29, 2012. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Distrust continues between Japan and South Korea despite the fact that they are neighboring countries with only a narrow sea between them. But a move made last year, which was...
Politics derailed resolution of ‘comfort women’ issue at last...
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak meet before the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vladivostok in September 2012. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Tokyo and Seoul last year were on the brink of resolving the “comfort women” issue that has long marred relations, but developments in domestic politics ruined that...
Energy white paper ignores DPJ government policy of zero nuclear...
Demonstrators call for an immediate end to the use of nuclear energy in September 2012 when the Democratic Party of Japan was still in control of government. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The government's white paper on energy for fiscal 2012 makes no mention of the policy set by the previous administration of scrapping reliance on nuclear power in the 2030s.
Ex-envoy urges government to admit 'territorial dispute' exists...
Uichiro Niwa, former Japanese ambassador to China (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan's ambassador to China at the time relations plunged over the Senkaku Islands dispute has criticized the government then in power for stampeding where a soft tread was...
China trying to assess Abe's approach to future ties
Shinzo Abe prays before the grave of his grandfather, Nobusuke Kishi, a former prime minister, on Dec. 22 in Tabuse, Yamaguchi Prefecture. Standing behind him are his wife, Akie, and brother Nobuo Kishi. (Tadashi Mizowaki)
BEIJING--State news outlets in China cautiously welcome the imminent change of government in Japan that will be headed by Shinzo Abe, but remain wary about the conservative...
UPDATE: Abe's LDP dominates election; Noda resigns after DPJ...
Liberal Democratic Party leader Shinzo Abe celebrates a victory by an LDP candidate along with Shigeru Ishiba, the party secretary-general, on Dec. 16 at LDP headquarters. (Tetsuji Asano)
The Liberal Democratic Party surged to power in the Dec. 16 Lower House election, gaining enough strength to help it ram through its policies in the Diet while leaving the...
Election forecast sends shock waves through parties; Abe fears...
From left: LDP leader Shinzo Abe; Japan Restoration Party founder Toru Hashimoto; and Prime Minister and DPJ chief Yoshihiko Noda (Asahi Shimbun file photos)
Politicians expressed shock, shifted strategies and pointed fingers after major Japanese dailies predicted the main opposition Liberal Democratic Party would gain an outright...
Conservatives dominate Japan social media ahead of poll
Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto's Twitter page
The social media steamroller credited with helping Barack Obama win re-election as U.S. president is playing a bigger role than ever before in Japanese politics as the country...
Prime Minister Noda resilient, resolute as election loss looms
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, on Dec. 4 (The Asahi Shimbun)
With less than two weeks left to the Dec. 16 election, Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda is displaying the same quiet determination that helped him clinch a breakthrough...
Nuclear energy, economic policy focus of Lower House election...
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda (The Asahi Shimbun)
With pressing economic and nuclear energy issues still to be settled, campaigning officially kicked off Dec. 4 for a national election that will determine the course Japan...
Chaotic politics harms Japan’s international profile
Japan’s politics has been in chaos for years. Domestically this has created policy paralysis and economic stagnation, but Japan’s ability to manage its international...
Can the TPP Save Prime Minister Noda’s Political Career?...
Japanese Prime Minister Noda has dissolved the Lower House for a Dec. 16 snap election. He seems to be leaning toward reviving the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) campaign to...
Hard-line China stance appearing in run-up to election
A Chinese surveillance ship, foreground, in Japan's territorial waters Oct. 30. The other vessel is from the Japan Coast Guard (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The party most likely to form a government after the forthcoming election has talked of adopting a nationalist, low-tolerance approach to China—in contrast with the present...
Online viewers top 1.4 million for pre-election debate
Comments by viewers flood the Nico Nico Douga website during the Nov. 29 party leaders' debate (Captured from the Nico Nico Douga website)
A Nov. 29 debate between political party leaders reached a huge online audience, with many viewers following it live on a streaming portal where they could share their...
VOX POPULI: Memorable quotes from November
November must have been a record month in the number of political parties that came into being and then disappeared--if you include "ephemeral perches" that have no party...
Japan's ruling party casts itself as reasonable, diplomatic
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda explains his party's election manifesto at the DPJ headquarters on Nov. 27. (Teruo Kashiyama)
Japan's ruling party vowed on Nov. 27 to defend the nation's interests with "cool-headed and practical" diplomacy in an election manifesto that sought to portray a contrast...
Noda, opposition chief clash over monetary policy
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda appears in a TV Asahi program on Nov. 25. (Pool)
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said on Nov. 25 that the opposition's call for radical monetary easing to beat chronic deflation was "dangerous" and defended the independence of...