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Cablegate: Japanese Morning Press Highlights 09/06/07

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SUBJECT: JAPANESE MORNING PRESS HIGHLIGHTS 09/06/07


Index:

1) Top headlines
2) Editorials
3) Prime Minister's daily schedule

4) Six-party framework: First day of Japan-North Korea talks on
"settling the past" end along divergent lines

War on terror:
5) Defense Minister Komura to observe drill in Tokyo Bay as part of
promotion of MSDF efforts under Anti-Terrorism Special Measures Law

6) MSDF on Afghan anti-terror mission in Indian Ocean may have
refueled US warships that were engaged in strikes on Somalia

Political agenda:
7) Prime Minister Abe in Diet policy speech to call for cooperation
from opposition parties
8) Opposition camp set to battle the ruling camp on pension issue,
anti-terror bill in "reversal of power" Diet session that opens
Sept. 10
9) LDP Secretary General Aso and other party leaders building
environment to let former postal-rebel lawmaker Hiranuma back into
the LDP
10) Head of farm minister Wakabayashi's political association also
represents body receiving subsidies from his ministry
11) State Minister for Declining Birthrate Kamikawa also corrects
"mistakes" in her political assets report

12) DPJ may file censure motion against environmental minister for
"missing" eight million yen in political funds report

DPJ in action:
13) DPJ head Ozawa, New Japan Party head Tanaka agree on Diet
alliance
14) DPJ announces its shadow cabinet, picked not for policy
expertise but ability to clash with ruling camp in the Diet

Articles:

1) TOP HEADLINES

Asahi, Mainichi, Nikkei & Tokyo Shimbun:
154.4 billion yen in corporate pensions unpaid to 1.24 million
eligible beneficiaries

Yomiuri:
Japan Securities Finance Co. suspected of unduly raising fees

Sankei:
Social Security Agency failed to file criminal complaints against
nearly half of pension administrators who embezzled pension funds

Akahata:
More than 1,000 retrials on compensation for industrial accidents
remain unresolved

2) EDITORIALS

Asahi:
(1) Should martial arts and dance be compulsory subjects?

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(2) Safety check necessary for nanotechnology

Mainichi:
(1) Environment Minister Kamoshita must give full explanations on
mistakes in political fund reports
(2) Improve workplaces of nursing-care service business

Yomiuri:
(1) Need for caregivers
(2) Policies against inequality must cover young people

Nikkei:
(1) FRB Chairman Bernanke's challenge
(2) Cooperative banks' efforts to boost credit

Sankei:
(1) Comsn's nursing-care operations must fulfill responsibility
(2) Making martial arts compulsory subject will contribute to
improving national character

Tokyo Shimbun:
(1) New DPJ leadership must show power
(2) Improving labor conditions in Comsn's nursing-care operations
urgent

Akahata:
(1) Stop compiling budgets for next fiscal year as business circles
say

3) Prime Minister's Official Residence (Kantei)

Prime Minister's schedule, September 5

NIKKEI (Page 2) (Full)
September 6, 2007

09:34
Arrived at the Kantei.

10:00
Reported to the Emperor in private.

11:19
Met with State Minister for Administrative Reform Watanabe at the
Kantei, followed by Ambassador to the US Kato.

13:40
Met with Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Yamaguchi,
followed by Internal Affairs Minister Masuda and Postal
Administration Bureau Director General Hashiguchi.

14:35
Met with Deputy Foreign Minister Yabunaka and European Affairs
Bureau Director General Harada.

16:53
Met with Public Security Intelligence Agency Director General
Yanagi, followed by Lower House member Taro Nakayama.

17:37
Met with Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Matoba.


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18:45
ined with advisor to Matsushita Electric Co. Morishita and TEPCO
President Katsumata at Hotel Okura.

20:24
Arrived at the official residence.

4) Japan, DPRK fail to reach agreement on "settlement of past" at
working group talks

MAINICHI (Page 3) (Full)
September 6, 2007

Yudai Nakazawa, Seiji Nishioka, Ulan Bator

Japan and North Korea yesterday began the first day of talks at
their working group under the six-party talks in Ulan Bator,
Mongolia, to discuss the North Korean nuclear issue. The session
dealt with the abduction issue as well as how to "settle the past"
related to Japan's past colonial of Korea. On the "settlement of the
past," Japan contended that this issue should be resolved by a
package formula of economic cooperation in accordance with the 2002
Japan-North Korea Pyongyang Declaration. In response, North Korea
demanded for compensation for Koreans who had been forced into labor
or prostitution during the war. Both sides failed to reach an
agreement.

The governments of Japan and North Korea confirmed that the first
day of talks would focus on how to "settle the past" and that the
second day would have a full discussion of the abduction issue.
Japanese Ambassador Yoshiki Mine in charge of diplomatic
normalization talks between the two countries said, "Resolving the
abduction issue is essential even in dealing with the issue of the
'settlement of the past'." Mine thus indicated his intention to aim
to resolve the abduction issue as well as the issue of the
settlement of the past.

North Korean Ambassador Song Il Ho in charge of diplomatic
normalization talks between the two countries cited the five former
abductees and their families who have already returned to Japan and
contended: "We've taken some measures in this regard." Song
emphasized his country's efforts made toward resolving the abduction
issue. But Song reportedly did not use the expression "the abduction
issue has been already settled" as his country's officials used in
the past.

Referring to the "settlement of the past," Mine said, "There is an
agreement that the leaders of the two countries will resolve that
issue in the form of an economic cooperation formula. I think it is
important to resolve the issue in line with this principle." Mine
insisted that based on the 2002 Japan-North Korea Pyongyang
Declaration, the issue should be resolved through a "package formula
of economic cooperation," under which Japan would offer economic
assistance to North Korea in return for the renouncement of its
claim for compensation.

On the other hand, Song mentioned "human damage, property damage,
and psychological damage," and he again demanded for compensation
for those who had been forced into labor during the war, as well as
for the so-called wartime comfort women.

After the session, Mine emphasized an emergence of a change in North

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Korea's attitude, telling reporters, "We had a good discussion."

5) Defense Minister Komura observes refueling drill to publicize
importance of extending Antiterrorism Law

MAINICHI (Page 5) (Full)
September 6, 2007

In order to publicize the significance of extending the
Antiterrorism Special Measures Law, Defense Minister Masahiko Komura
observed yesterday a refueling drill on a Maritime Self-Defense
Force vessel in Tokyo Bay. The MSDF vessel, the Mashu, returned to
Japan last December after completing its mission in the Indian
Ocean. Running at 20 kph, the vessel provided 10 kl of light oil per
minute to a destroyer.

The Defense Ministry is desperate to generate public support for
extending the Antiterrorism Law, by producing brochures and videos.

6) Anti-Terrorism Special Measures Law: MSDF (in Indian Ocean) may
have become involved in US warship attack on Somalia by providing
fuel to those ships

AKAHATA (Page 1) (Full)
September 6, 2007

Suspicions have arisen that a Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF)
unit dispatched to the Indian Ocean to provide assistance to
warships of the US and other countries based on the Anti-Terrorism
Special Measures Law may have become involved in attacks on Somalia,
Africa, by US forces. The reason is that those US warships providing
with refueling and other assistance by the MSDF participated in such
an attack. This underscores that the anti-terror law is a law to
support retaliatory wars, making it possible to assist US forces on
a global scale.

The US forces on Jan. 7 carried out air strikes on southern Somalia
as part of the "war on terror." Many civilian casualties resulted
from the strikes.

The US Naval Forces Central Command, which is responsible for
tactical operations in the Middle East, deployed ships from the CTF
150 (Combined Task Force 150) off the coast of Somalia, according to
the US Navy News, Jan. 5. "in order to prevent (international
terrorist organization) al-Qaida and other terrorist organizations
from using the sea as a potential escape route."

The CTF 150 is composed of warships from such countries as the US,
Britain, Pakistan, Germany, France, Canada. The MSDF provides such
supplies as fuel and water to them. Their duty is conducting
"maritime security operations" in such waters as the Bay of Oman,
North Arabian Sea, and the Red Sea. In addition, the CTF 150 after
Jan. monitored the waters off Somalia, citing as a reason
"anti-piracy measures." In a document produced by the MSDF in
August, the sea area off the coast of Somalia is clearly marked as a
"main refueling point." There is a possibility that in response to
the situation in Somalia, the activities of the MSDF were moved to
that same sea location.

The government will not reveal the contents of the MSDF activities,
citing "operational reasons." The US' unilateral strikes on Somalia
in the name of being "anti-terrorist" have been denounced strongly

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by the international community, and even in the US Congress, debate
has been waged about the basis for such strikes.

7) Prime Minister Abe in his policy speech to ask for DPJ's
cooperation

NIKKEI (Page 2) (Full)
September 6, 2007

Prime Minister Abe's policy speech to be delivered on the first day
of an upcoming extraordinary session of the Diet on Sept. 10 was
sketched out yesterday. One feature of the speech is that the prime
minister will frankly ask for cooperation from the main opposition
Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ or Minshuto) in the process of
drafting policy measures and bills as well as in steering the Diet.
The speech seems to be reflecting the prime minister's strong desire
to keep his administration going in spite of the reality that it is
difficult to pass bills in the Upper House without cooperation from
the opposition parties, which hold a majority there.

This unusual call by the prime minister on the DPJ to work together
stems from his judgment that a failure to extend the Antiterrorism
Special Measures Law would have a serious impact on the Japan-US
alliance.

On economic policy, the prime minister will assert he will firmly
uphold his economic growth strategy and reform initiative, and he
will state he will do his utmost to revitalize local economies. As
evidence, he will touch on his choice of Hiroya Masuda, who was
known as a "reformist governor," as minister of internal affairs and
communications and minister in charge of reduction of gaps between
rural and urban areas. The prime minister is aware that the ruling
Liberal Democratic Party's (LDP) document that examined the results
of the Upper House pointed out that the LDP's defeat in the election
had been in part attributable to the lack of consideration for the
gaps.

The prime minister will also emphasize the importance of resolving
environmental and educational issues as his policy imprint. The term
"beautiful country" was the buzzword in his first policy speech
delivered immediately after his cabinet came into being, but he will
not use that term as often as he did before. The speech is not as
long as it was before in order to dodge possible criticism that the
speech is intended to please everybody. The prime minister will also
state that the reshuffled cabinet will seriously address the missing
pension premium records and the politics-and-money problem and
endeavor to restore the public's trust.

The DPJ plans to have its Secretary General Yukio Hatoyama and its
Deputy Policy Research Council Chairman Akira Nagatsuma take the
floor to question the prime minister after his policy speech.

8) Extraordinary Diet session set to convene on September 10; LDP,
DPJ ready to lock horns over pension, antiterrorism law

ASAHI (Page 1) (Excerpts)
September 6, 2007

With endorsement yesterday by the Lower House Rules and
Administration Committee, the next Diet session is now officially
set to convene on September 10. The Democratic Party of Japan, which
has now become the largest party in the Upper House, determined

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yesterday the lineup of its "next cabinet (NC)" The party has
appointed Akira Nagatsuma, who has dug up the pension problem, as
minister in charge of pension affairs to counter Health, Labor and
Welfare Minister Yoichi Masuzoe in the Abe cabinet. The Liberal
Democratic Party and the DPJ are now armed with their executive
lineups to face off with each other in the upcoming Diet session.

"Embezzlements of pension premiums have come to light. The matter
greatly concerns the general public."

In announcing the lineup of the NC, DPJ President Ozawa played up
work by Nagatsuma, who has become the man in the news, having led
the party's pension strategy in the latest election campaign.
Nagatsuma is also scheduled to take the Lower House floor during
Diet questioning. Asked by the press corps about Masuzoe, Nagatsuma
said: "I'm looking forward to asking him questions. I want to
discuss how to implement policies."

After the press conference, Ozawa met with New Party Nippon
representative Yasuo Tanaka and agreed that Tanaka would join the
Upper House DPJ group. Ozawa voiced his high hopes for Tanaka,
saying, "It means a lot more than gaining an additional seat."

Meanwhile, the government and ruling coalition are highly alarmed at
the Upper House, which is now controlled by the opposition. Chief
Cabinet Secretary Kaoru Yosano and the secretaries general and Diet
affairs chiefs of the LDP and its coalition partner New Komeito held
a meeting in Tokyo yesterday morning. Their discussion focused on an
extension of the Antiterrorism Special Measures Law, which is to
expire on November 1. They reached an agreement to come up with
measures to allow the Maritime Self-Defense Force to continue its
refueling operation.

9) Aso, Yosano laying groundwork for reinstating Hiranuma in LDP

MAINICHI (Page 5) (Full)
September 6, 2007

It became even more likely yesterday that former trade minister
Takeo Hiranuma, who last year left the Liberal Democratic Party
(LDP) in opposition to the government's postal-privatization
program, will be reinstated in the party. The reasons are that
Hidenao Nakagawa, who had refused to let Hiranuma rejoin the party
unless he presented a written pledge expressing his approval of the
postal-privatization drive, has now left the secretary general's
post; and the new secretary general, Taro Aso, who has close
personal ties with Hiranuma, and Chief Cabinet Secretary Kaoru
Yosano, have lined up in favor of reinstating Hiranuma. The move can
be taken as a clear sign of the new Abe cabinet's opposition to the
policy taken by former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi. Concerned
that giving a helping hand to Hiranuma would invite an outcry from
the public, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is now waiting for a right
timing to reinstate Hiranuma into the party.

Aso conveyed to Hiranuma his intention to allow him to return to the
party on Sept. 4 by phone. Hiranuma reportedly told him that he
would like to attach top priority to the sentiments of his
supporters in his home constituency.

Yosano, who was Aso's classmate at Azabu High School, has indirectly
backed such efforts. As state minister in charge of North Korean
abductions of Japanese nationals, Yosano called yesterday on

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Hiranuma at his office to urge him to rejoin the party. Hiranuma
heads a group of Japanese lawmakers addressing North Korea's
abductions of Japanese nationals.

Last year, Abe also tried to reinstate Hiranuma, with whom he has
close ties, but his efforts ended in failure, blocked by Hidenao
Nakagawa. With Nakagawa's resignation as secretary general, the LDP
leadership has laid the groundwork for letting Hiranuma back into
the party.

Hiranuma wishes to support Abe, who has been in a fix due to the
LDP's crushing defeat in the July House of Councillors election, as
well as a series of resignations of his cabinet ministers. He was
hospitalized last December after suffering a stroke, but he is now
well again. In a meeting on Sept. 1 of his supporters in Tsuyama
City, Okayama Prefecture, he expressed his enthusiasm for returning
to the LDP, saying, "Matters are moving in the direction of not
requiring me to write a pledge. I would like to make a decision
after hearing your views."

Since Hiranuma is sticking to procedure in planning his return, he
intends to strongly seek the reinstatements of former Lower House
member Minoru Kiuchi and other postal rebels. He commented: "I acted
according to my principles (by refusing to submit a written vow).
I'm waiting for the LDP's response (toward those who lost their
Lower House seats)."

10) Head of farm minister Wakabayashi's political association also
represents body receiving subsidies from his ministry

ASAHI (Page 37) (Abridged)
September 6, 2007

A top executive of a body receiving subsidies from the Ministry of
Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries also heads a political support
association for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister
Masatoshi Wakabayashi, a House of Councillors member elected from
Nagano Prefecture, sources revealed yesterday. This representative
has been found to have personally contributed money to Wakabayashi's
political body. In addition, this representative was an executive of
a body that had bought tickets for the political body's fund-raising
parties. Wakabayashi is a minister of state on the side of a
government ministry that subsidizes organizations, and he has
received money from the side of an organization receiving subsidies
from his ministry. Wakabayashi's office says, "If we're told that
this is not appropriate, we'd like to consider declining
contributions during his term of office as minister."

A number of scandals have now been brought to light over
subsidization relating to the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Ministry. A political body for Wakabayashi's predecessor, Takehiko
Endo, received a contribution of 50,000 yen from a body that had
been subsidized by an independent administrative agency under the
Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry's jurisdiction. Endo's
office returned the money, saying it was "inappropriate." His office
has corrected his political fund report.

The political body for Wakabayashi is "Tokyo Seifukai." According to
his office and other sources, its representative is Goroku Satake,
who once headed the Fisheries Agency as its director general.

According to Satake and others, around 2002-2004 when Satake was

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chief director at the Fish Price Stabilization Fund, an incorporated
foundation under the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry's
jurisdiction, he bought a 20,000-yen party ticket or so a year for
Tokyo Seifukai at the fund's expense. The fund received more than
1.6 billion yen in fiscal 2006 as a subsidy under the Agriculture,
Forestry and Fisheries Ministry's fishery product price
stabilization system. In fiscal 2007, the fund receives 1.4 billion
yen.

In addition, Satake contributed money to "Seifu Sangyo Seisaku
Kondankai," another political body for Wakabayashi, amounting to
50,000 yen in 2004, 20,000 yen in 2005, and 50,000 yen in 2006.

Satake also chairs the National Recreational Fishing Guides
Association, Inc., an incorporated body under the Agriculture,
Forestry and Fisheries Ministry's jurisdiction. This association has
received subsidies from the ministry for PR on fishing safety and
for other purposes, amounting to 17 million yen in fiscal 2005 and
more than 19 million yen in fiscal 2007.

The Political Funds Control Law prohibits state-subsidized
organizations from making political contributions. However, the law
has no stipulations about contributions from their executives and
other individuals. The Political Funds Regulation Division of the
Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications explains: "They pay
money to participate in a party, and the payment of money in this
case is different from a donation. The law does not prohibit
government-subsidized organizations from buying party tickets."

11) Kamikawa corrects assets reports

MAINICH (Page 1) (Abridged slightly)
September 6, 2007

Yoko Kamikawa, state minister in charge of declining birthrate,
filed corrections yesterday for her asset disclosure reports, saying
that the reports did not include loans to her fund management
organization and her support association. The corrections amounted
to 11.18 million yen for the year 2003. A Kamikawa office source
explained the discrepancies this way: "There were miscommunications
between the Kamikawa family that prepared the asset reports and the
borrowers, including the fund management organization."

Corrections were made to loans to the Asia Pacific Council,
Kamikawa's fund management organization, and the Yoko Kamikawa
supporters association. Kamikawa specifically failed to report
9,681,238 yen in loans to those bodies in the 2000 asset disclosure
report; 11,181,238 yen in 2003; and 7,981,238 yen in 2005.

Meanwhile, the loans from Kamikawa were included in political funds
reports prepared by the fund management organization and the
supporters association. Kamikawa's failure to declare loans in her
asset reports came to light as a result of inquiries from news
agencies to her office. Kamikawa has yet to offer any explanation.

12) DPJ eyes a censure motion against Kamoshita; "Matter is more
serious than simple clerical mistakes"

MAINICHI (Page 1) (Full)
September 6, 2007

In the wake of revelation that there was discrepancy in the amount

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of loans from Environment Minister Ichiro Kamoshita, listed in a
political funding report prepared by Kamoshita's political funds
management organization, a senior Democratic Party of Japan lawmaker
told the Mainichi Shimbun last night: "The matter is much more
serious than simple clerical errors. If he remains unable to offer a
sufficient explanation, we might have to consider submitting a
censure motion against the environment minister to the House of
Councillors." Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe defended
Kamoshita by saying to the press corps: "The environment minister
told me that it was a mistake, and I believe that was what it is."
The opposition camp is certain to lock horns with the ruling bloc
over this matter in the upcoming extraordinary Diet session.

The senior DPJ lawmaker said: "Under normal circumstance, no one
mistakes 2 million yen for 10 million yen. It's also absurd that the
organization has left the figure uncorrected for so many years."

The shuffled Abe cabinet has been hit by a series of
politics-and-money scandals following Takehiko Endo, who resigned as
agriculture, forestry and fisheries minister over a subsidy scandal.
Taking this seriously, the DPJ intends to demand question-and-answer
sessions and fresh explanations at the Budget Committee once the
next Diet session opens.

In the event Kamoshita continues to cite clerical errors, the DPJ
intends to consider submitting a censure motion against him.

13) NPN head Tanaka agrees in talks with DPJ head Ozawa to form
joint parliamentary group

MAINICHI (Page 2) (Full)
September 6, 2007

Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ or Minshuto) Chairman Ichiro Ozawa
and New Party Nippon (NPN) Chairman Yasuo Tanaka yesterday met at
the DPJ's headquarters. They agreed to form a joint parliamentary
group in the extraordinary Diet session to be convened on Sept. 10.
The planned group is expected to be named "DPJ-New
Ryokuhukai-Japan," which will be reported to the Upper House on
Sept. 10.

Ozawa's motive to bring the number of lawmakers belonging to the
group close to a majority of 122, coincided with the interests of
Tanaka, who wanted to increase opportunities to raise questions in
the Diet by joining a bigger group.

The DPJ-New Ryokuhukai group, a group in the Upper House, yesterday
submitted a notification of the joining of Yoetsu Suzuki (elected
from the Akita constituency), an independent, in it. The new power
relationship in the Upper House is as follows: DPJ-New Ryokufukai
group - 114; Group of LDP members and independents - 84; New Komeito
20; Japanese Communist Party - 7; Social Democratic Party and
Pro-Constitution Federation - 5; PNP - 4; Independents - 7; and seat
unfilled - 1.

14) DPJ releases "next cabinet" lineup: Emphasis attached to Diet
confrontation instead of policy

MAINICHI (Page 2) (Full)
September 6, 2007

With the fall extraordinary Diet session to be convened shortly, the

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Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ or Minshuto) yesterday appointed the
lineup of its "next cabinet," its policy-setting organ. It has
selected people with importance attached to Diet confrontation
instead of policy as can be seen in the appointment of former Diet
Affairs Committee Chair Yoshio Hachiro as shadow foreign minister to
be in charge of the Antiterrorism Special Measures Law, an issue
that will come into focus in the next Diet session. The DPJ has thus
brought to the forefront its determination to oust the Abe cabinet,
which is rapidly losing its power base, at an early date. Aside from
the post responsible for welfare and labor affairs, a post in charge
of pensions has been created. Lower House member Akira Nagatsuma,
who has high name recognition because of his pursuit of pension
record-keeping errors, has been named to the shadow post.

The number of shadow cabinet ministers picked from among Upper House
members has increased from three to eight, including the appointment
of Masayuki Naoshima, former secretary general of DPJ members in the
Upper House who has recently been appointed Policy Research
Committee chair, as shadow chief cabinet secretary. The DPJ has thus
attached importance to the Upper House in selecting "next cabinet"
members, following the trading of places between the ruling and
opposition camps there.

Chairman Ichiro Ozawa during a press conference held at the party
headquarters stressed, "If we will clarify our points and confront
the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and the New Komeito, the public
will be able to clearly perceive differences in the views of the
ruling and opposition camps."

The government and the ruling parties are pressing the DPJ to hold
policy talks on an extension of the antiterror legislation. They are
indicating a cooperative stance, but it has become clear through the
lineup of the "next cabinet" that Ozawa intends to bring areas of
contention into bold relief instead of undertaking policy
coordination with the government and the ruling bloc.

Previously "next cabinet" members had been selected from among two-
to three-term junior lawmakers versed in policy, as they were
expected to work as working-level members in policy talks. However,
the DPJ this time has appointed lawmakers who have been elected more
than four times. It has also picked lawmakers for posts that are not
their fields.

New lineup of DPJ's next cabinet

Prime minister Ichiro Ozawa, Lower House member (13)
Deputy prime minister Naoto Kan, Lower House member (9)
Deputy prime minister Azuma Koshiishi, Upper House member (2) (2 in
Lower House)
Affairs of state Yukio Hatoyama, Lower House member (7)
Chief cabinet secretary Masayuki Naoshima, Upper House members (3)
Internal affairs Kazuhiro Haraguchi, Lower House member (4)
Foreign affairs Yoshio Hachiro, Lower House member (6)
Defense affairs Keiichiro Asao, Upper House member (2)
Cabinet office Koji Matsui, Upper House member (2)
Fiscal affairs Masaharu Nakagawa, Lower House member (4)
Financial affairs Akihiro Ohata, Lower House member (6)
Welfare and labor Masahiko Yamada, Lower House member (4)
Pensions Akira Nagatsuma, Lower House member (3)
Economy and industry Teruhiko Mashiko, Upper House member (1) (3 in
Lower House)
Legal affairs Ritsuo Hosokawa, Lower House member (6)

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Education and science Yoko Komiyaya, Lower House member (3) (1 in
Upper House)
Children and gender equality, Mieko Kamimoto, Upper House member
(2)
Agriculture, forestry and fisheries Nobutaka Tsutsui, Lower House
member (4)
Land and transport Hiroyuki Nagahama, Upper House member (1) (4 in
Lower House)
Environment Tomiko Okazaki, Upper House member (3)

Figures in ( ) and ( ) indicate number of times elected

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UN: As COVID Deaths Pass Two Million Worldwide, Guterres Warns Against Self-Defeating ‘Vaccinationalism'

With more than two million lives now lost worldwide to COVID-19, the UN Secretary-General appealed on Friday for countries to work together and help each other to end the pandemic and save lives. In a video statement , Secretary-General António Guterres ... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Washington Riot And The Georgia Results

Hong Kong and Washington DC. On the same morning, the tyrants in power in Beijing and their counterpart in the White House have shown how they refuse to accept the legitimacy of any different points of view, and the prospect of losing power… More>>

UN: Guterres To Seek Second Five-year Term
António Guterres will be seeking a second five-year term as UN Secretary-General, which would begin in January 2022.... More>>


UN Rights Office: Iran Execution Of Child Offender Breaks International Law

The execution of an Iranian man for a crime allegedly committed when he was 16 years old has been condemned by the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) and raised concerns over violations of his right to a fair trial. In a statement released on Thursday, ... More>>