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  1. US-Japan alliance now an open question

    Posted Sep 15th 2009, 12:00am by Richard Halloran

    ... Richard Halloran A Japanese diplomat, asked what effect the election of the Democratic Party of Japan and a new prime minister, Yukio Hatoyama, would have on Japan's alliance with the US, was succinct: 'Nobody knows.' A US official, asked the same question, sighed: 'We don't know yet.' The Japan-US alliance, considered until now to have been vital ...

  2. 'Assassins' defeat 14 LDP rebels

    Posted Sep 13th 2005, 12:00am by Julian Ryall

    ... the desire of the people of Japan for change,' Ms Koike said. Go Ito, a professor of political science at Meiji University, said: 'The assassins have done better than I expected, but my ...

  3. Will beaten opposition go for fresh face or old guard?

    Posted Sep 14th 2005, 12:00am by Julian Ryall

    ... Julian Ryall in Tokyo Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has rid the ruling Liberal Democratic Party of much of its old guard; whether the humbled opposition will be able to do the same to its own is open to question. The Democratic Party of Japan, still licking its wounds after a sound beating at the hands of the electorate, will vote on a new party president on Saturday ...

  4. Role of LDP chief seen as Japan's poisoned chalice after election loss

    Posted Sep 15th 2009, 12:00am by Julian Ryall

    ... Julian Ryall in Tokyo After suffering a humiliating defeat in Japan's general election, the Liberal Democratic Party faces its next big hurdle- choosing a leader who can rebuild ... added. 'There is a chance the Democratic Party of Japan will screw up and do badly in next year's election for the upper house of the Diet. 'If that happens, we will have a divided ...


    China's foreign minister tells UN Japan is stealing Diaoyu islands

    Posted Sep 29th 2012, 12:00am by Keith Zhai

    ... Japan is stealing Diaoyus, U.N. told Sino-Japanese ties could soon "sink like the Titanic" a senior Foreign Ministry official warned yesterday as Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi denounced ... planned to celebrate 40 years of normalised diplomatic relations. In fact, it was at a seminar to mark the occasion that Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Yucheng compared Japan ...

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    Dangers of a long China-Japan rift

    Posted Sep 23rd 2012, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... to trade and investment in the short term, assuming that tensions begin to subside, but the longer-term impact on Asian and indeed global trade could be huge. Japan will seek to reduce its reliance ... which are owned by Japan but were once claimed by China. The China Daily mentioned that, in earlier times, the Ryukyus began at Kume island near Okinawa, which implies that all the Japanese ...

  7. Much to be done to bridge differences

    Posted Apr 10th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... As much as Premier Wen Jiabao's three-day visit to Japan, starting tomorrow, represents a thaw in relations, it must be remembered that there are many complications to resolving ... about Chinese immigrants to Japan, said aid should not be given to China because it will be used to make hydrogen bombs and favours relations with Taipei over those with Beijing. Most ...

  8. News - Asia - DIPLOMACY

    North Korea and Japan to meet for first direct talks in 4 years

    Posted Aug 28th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Beijing North Korea and Japan to hold first talks in 4 years North Korea and Japan tomorrow hold their first direct talks in four years with attention focused ... they sometimes choose the neutral and geographically convenient venue of Beijing. For Japan, North Korea's past abductions of its citizens, sabre-rattling ballistic missile tests over Japanese ...

  9. Can the DPJ really sing a new tune?

    Posted Jul 25th 2009, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... Kevin Rafferty Japan now faces a long, hot summer of a potentially historic election, which is likely to see the ruling Liberal Democratic Party rudely turfed from power by voters ... happens next? Today, it is as if Japan is collectively sleepwalking towards a future fraught with impossible problems, with no clue what to do. It will be the ultimate in karaoke politics- ...

  10. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    Pentagon chief Leon Panetta to visit China and Japan, then New Zealand

    Posted Sep 15th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Washington Panetta expected to tackle rising tensions between China and Japan over disputed isles Pentagon chief to visit Beijing after Tokyo trip US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta departs Washington this weekend on a trip to China, Japan and New Zealand, American officials said, as part of a bid to shift focus towards the region despite crises ...




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