Naoto Kan

Japan's fault lines still a worry, two years after quake

Japan's fault lines still a worry, two years after quake

Japan is in a cold burn now; cool on the exterior, simmering underneath. It's obvious in a geological sense; Japan sits above an unstable hot zone, but it's also a metaphor for a seemingly stable but deeply volatile and incendiary political system.

Monday, 11 March, 2013, 9:01am

Who said it?

Under the severe circumstances, I feel I've done everything that I had to do. Now I would like to see you choose someone respectable

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, announcing his resignation

I was scared stiff

Hong Kong's egg-waffle man, Ng Yuk-fai, on being pursued by paparazzi amid the media frenzy over his run-in with officialdom

27 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Politics as usual can't save Japan from itself

The fact that Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan survived last week's no-confidence motion signals that the country's triple tragedy is being compounded by a fourth. After the earthquake and tsunami, and with uncertainty over nuclear power, Japanese society has responded with stoicism. But Japanese politics is an emerging tragedy.

7 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

A bad week for ...

Donald Tsang Yam-kuen

5 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Airport master plan gets off the ground

2 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Who said it?

It's a disaster for football... I don't know what's going on in the next days, but in general it's my opinion it's very, very bad

Franz Beckenbauer, a member of Fifa's executive committee, on the corruption crisis within football's ruling body

I'm an old soldier... I was thinking about just fading away, but now I feel I have a bit more work to do

30 May 2011 - 12:00am

Don't blame Kan for the nuclear crisis

A lack of criticism has long been the root of Japan's malaise, insularity and inability to manage a crisis. Criticism from the outside, known as gai-atsu in Japanese, can help Japan's long-term recovery and reconstruction; indeed, many Japanese say their society needs it.

23 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Erratic course

Japan's behaviour in the crisis set off by the collision of a Chinese fishing trawler and two Japanese coastguard vessels this month near disputed islands has been peculiar, to say the least.

29 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Yen minefield claims new finance minister at his very first step

The resignation of Japan's finance minister Hirohisa Fujii citing health pressures sent the government of Yukio Hatoyama into a spin just when it least needed it, on the eve of discussion of the budget in parliament.

13 Jan 2010 - 12:00am