August 21, 2018

Japan’s reconstruction minister quits after one week in job

Japan's new Minister for Reconstruction, Ryu Matsumoto has announced his resignation after just a week in the job following insensitive comments he made to governors' of tsunami affected areas. Matsumoto had been widely criticised for threatening the governors' that the government would not help … [Read more...]

President Obama off to find his ‘roots’ in Ireland

US President Barack Obama is on his way to the Republic of Ireland, the starting point for his week long tour of Europe. Like a cheap coach trip holiday, Obama is packing in Ireland, The United Kingdom, France and Poland in his seven days. Just for added excitement he is going to attend a … [Read more...]

Japan’s Prime Minister to give up salary

Japan Prime Minister Naoto Kan has announced that he will give up his salary until the nuclear crisis in Japan is over. The Prime Minister's salary is 1,636,000 yen a month ($20,200), but he will still receive his smaller lawmaker's salary. Kan also took the salary announcement opportunity to … [Read more...]

Japanese PM Naoto Kan survives Ozawa challenge

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has survived a party leadership challenge from Ichiro Ozawa. Mr Kan, who only took office in June, has said he wants to rein in spending and curb Japan's massive public debt. He wants to raise consumption tax, restrict government spending and cap borrowing. … [Read more...]

Japan Apologizes to Korea for colonial rule

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has apologized to South Korea for the harsh Japanese rule imposed in the early decades of the 20th Century. In his statement, Prime Minister Naoto Kan expressed "deep regret over the suffering inflicted" during Japan's rule. Japan has apologized before but did it … [Read more...]