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62% want candidates to focus on “economy, jobs” in local elections

(Yomiuri: February 26, 2015 – p. 1)    The Yomiuri Shimbun conducted a mail-in public opinion survey across the nation to probe public attitudes on this spring’s nationwide quadrennial local elections. In the survey, respondents were asked what issues they want candidates to focus on, with multiple answers allowed. In the breakdown of answers to this question, “economy, jobs” accounted….Read more

  • 2015-02-26 15:00:00
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Editorial: TEPCO should disclose all information

(Tokyo Shimbun: February 26, 2015 – p. 5)    Tokyo Electric Power, or TEPCO, never learns. The electric utility let radioactive water from the Fukushima Daiichi power station drain into the ocean and did not disclose the incident to the public. TEPCO’s cover-up culture must be improved; otherwise, the Fukushima disaster will remain unresolved.    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has….Read more

  • 2015-02-26 15:00:00
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LDP calls for “strict control” of Henoko protests

(Sankei: February 26, 2015 – p. 5)    In a joint meeting between the National Defense Division and the Research Commission on Security of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) held on Feb. 25, several participants called for strict control of illegal protest activities conducted in front of the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) Camp Schwab adjacent to Henoko in Nago City,….Read more

  • 2015-02-26 15:00:00
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Gist of PM Abe’s remarks to panel on statement for 70th anniversary of end of WWII

(Sankei: February 26, 2015 – p. 5)    This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. Approximately 3.1 million of our compatriots lost their lives in the past war. The Japanese people, who rose from the ashes of the war, renewed their strong commitment to peace, passed on the torch of life from generation to….Read more

  • 2015-02-26 15:00:00
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Gist of PM Abe’s responses at Lower House Budget Committee, Feb. 25

(Tokyo Shimbun: February 26, 2015 – p. 6)    Following is the gist of the debate at the House of Representatives Budget Committee on Feb. 25:    Ex-farm minister’s political donation scandal    Sumio Mabuchi (Democratic Party of Japan [DPJ]): Do you feel responsible (for appointing the former agriculture minister)?    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe: I am responsible for the….Read more

  • 2015-02-26 15:00:00
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“Seiron” column: Make nuclear energy the mainstay of national strategy

(Sankei: February 26, 2015 – p. 7)    By Akihiro Sawa, executive senior fellow, Keidanren 21st Century Public Policy Institute    Energy policy is a matter of national strategy. Even in the European Union countries, the power to determine energy policy is not devolved. Although efforts to develop renewable energy in these countries are often in the limelight, they do….Read more

  • 2015-02-26 15:00:00
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Japan to strengthen public diplomacy overseas on 70th anniversary of end of WWII

(Yomiuri: February 25, 2015 – p. 3)    By Seima Oki    The Japanese government will make vigorous efforts to convey its messages on the history and territorial issues to foreign countries on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II this year. A record allocation of 50 billion yen for this purpose is being….Read more

  • 2015-02-25 15:00:00
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Firm investigated for hiring minors for Fukushima decontamination work

(Asahi: February 19, 2015 – p. 38)    The Aichi Prefectural Police arrested on Feb. 18 an employee of a construction company in Moriyama-ku, Nagoya City for hiring a 15-year old boy to do decontamination work in Fukushima City in violation of the Labor Standards Law’s provisions regarding restrictions on engaging in dangerous or harmful work. This company told the….Read more

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81% regard Japan as “peace-loving nation”

(Yomiuri: February 25, 2015 – p. 1)    The Yomiuri Shimbun conducted a nationwide mail-in public opinion survey to probe public attitudes on 70th anniversary of the end of WWII. In the survey, respondents were asked about what they think about Japan’s actions in the 70 years since the war. In response to this question, a total of 81% said….Read more

  • 2015-02-25 15:00:00
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Opposition turning up heat on gov’t over farm minister

(Nikkei: February 25, 2015 – p. 4)    The fierce maneuvering between the ruling and opposition parties intensified in the Diet on Feb. 24 over scheduling deliberations on the fiscal 2015 budget in reaction to the resignation of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Koya Nishikawa on account of his political donation scandal. The largest opposition Democratic Party of Japan and….Read more

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