Japan




Japan Report - BBC: LINK ¤ B B C

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  • "Japan has achieved remarkable growth in the second half of the 20th Century after the devastation of WW II"

 

 

 

 

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  • "more than three quarters of the population live in the cities - on the coastal fringes of Japan's four mountainous, heavily-wooded islands"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Japan remains a traditional society - with strong social and employment hierarchies"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Japan has found it difficult to accept and atone for its treatment of the citizens of countries it occupied"

 

 

 

 

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  • "following WW II, lawmakers forged a pacifist constitution"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "twenty percent of the world's earthquakes take place in Japan, which sits on the boundaries of at least three tectonic plates"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Scandal-hit Abe preparing for snap Election
- the Guardian:
LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "Shinzo Abe had insisted he was not considering an election"

 

 

 

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  • "but a senior official in his ruling Liberal Democratic party (LDP) claimed that the prime minister had opted for a snap poll"

 

 

 

 

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  • "the prime minister risks a dramatic slide in his public approval rating"

 

 

 

 

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  • "if he proceeds with a planned rise in the consumption tax"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "most observers believe that Abe, whose cabinet has been rocked by allegations"

 

 

 

 

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  • "of financial impropriety and conflicts of interest, will delay the sales tax increase"

 

 

 

 

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  • "after funding and campaign scandals forced two of his ministers to resign on the same day"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "tax is only one of several policy areas that will test Abe in the coming year"

 

 

 

 

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  • "he is likely to approve the restart of two nuclear reactors in the south-west of the country"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "even though most Japanese oppose a return to nuclear power"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "he is also expected to introduce legislation that would enable Japanese troops"

 

 

 

 

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  • "to fight overseas for the first time since WW II"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Abe was forced to reinterpret Japan’s pacifist constitution"

 

 

 

 

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  • "which limits the country’s forces to a purely defensive role"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "after polls showed that an outright revision was unpopular with voters"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Capital: Tokyo -GoJ = Government of Japan ]


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US Trade - US cable - 2006: LINK ¤ 06TOKYO2130

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  • "Trade Minister Nikai proposed an East Asian free trade agreement (FTA)"

 

 

 

 

 

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comment US:


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  • "Vice Minister Kusaka has clearly received the US message"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "that Japan needs to consult in advance with the United States"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "prior to launching new trade policy initiatives"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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US Interests - US cable - 2006: LINK ¤ 06TOKYO5568

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  • "new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has outlined the policy agenda for his administration"

 

 

 

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  • "with important implications for a number of US policy goals:"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "lift the ban on the exercise of collective self-defense - to allow the use of force to defend US forces"

 

 

 

 

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  • "likelihood for the US: excellent"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "increase defense spending - a 1.5 percent increase in Japan's budget"

 

 

 

 

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  • "likelihood for the US: excellent"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "agreement to a US-Japan protocol to biotech product approval process"

 

 

 

 

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  • "this will affect US grain industries, corn, soybeans and rice"

 

 

 

 

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  • "with exports US$ 3.2 billion annually"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "US biotech developers would benefit greatly"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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US Investment - US cable - 2008:
LINK ¤ 08TOKYO3137

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  • "the stock of US foreign direct investment (FDI) in Japan"

 

 

 

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  • "is US$ 91.8 billion"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "US investment in Japan is concentrated largely in the finance, manufacturing, wholesale trade"

 

 

 

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  • "and the professional, scientific, and technical services sectors"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the US government welcomes the ongoing privatization of Japan Post"

 

 

 

 

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  • "the US government monitors carefully the implementation of the Japanese government's efforts"

 

 

 

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  • "for private sector participants"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • biotechnology: "Japan is the world's largest per capita importer of bioengineered grains"

 

 

 

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  • "with annually imports of 516 million metric tons of US corn, 3.3 million metric tons of US soybeans"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • copyrights: "protection of US intellectual property"

 

 

 

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  • "entertainment, music, film, literary works, and software"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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US Security - US cable - 2009:
LINK ¤ 09TOKYO317

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  • "our bilateral security ties remain robust"

 

 

 

 

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  • "with an agreement on the realignment of US forces"

 

 

 

 

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  • "and the allotment of over US$ 900 million in realignment funding"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "this alliance is the cornerstone of US policy in northeast Asia"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Japan calls for an expansion of the UN Security Council to allow for its permanent membership"

 

 

 

 

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  • "Japan's candidacy is the only one we have supported"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Democratic Party
- US cable - 2009:
LINK ¤ 09TOKYO2000

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  • "the Democratic Party of Japan's victory (DPJ)"

 

 

 

 

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  • "was historic and unprecedented"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "alone, the DPJ took 308 out of 480 parliament seats, a record-setting figure"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the Democratic Party of Japan succeeded in breaking"

 

 

 

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  • "LDP's [liberal democratic party] nearly unbroken hold on political power in postwar Japan"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hatoyama - US cable - 2009:
LINK ¤ 09TOKYO2035

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  • "Yukio Hatoyama, Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) President and next leader of Japan:"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "since WWII, Japan has never had democratic change"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Hatoyama hopes for a "future oriented" and "constructive" bilateral relationship"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "through the idea of "fraternity" (yuai)"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to create a country in which everyone can find a place"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "life is not a zero-sum game"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "one person's happiness should not take away from another's happiness"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Economic Package - US cable - 2009:
LINK ¤ 09TOKYO2819

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  • "the Hatoyama Cabinet finalized the new economic policy package"

 

 

 

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  • "emergency economic measures for reassurance and economic growth tomorrow"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "this is the first economic policy package under the Hatoyama administration"

 

 

 

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  • "it is the fifth since the onset of the global financial crisis"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "with a headline figure of JPY 24.4 trillion - US$ 271 billion"

 

 

 

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  • "or 4.9 percent of GDP"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to help the financing of small businesses"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "provide employment assistance"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and encourage the purchase of environmentally friendly goods"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and energy-efficient homes"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Goldstone Report
- US cable - 2009:
LINK ¤ 09TOKYO2243

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  • "Yuichi Mikami, head of the Middle East division of the MOFA [ministry foreign affairs of Japan]:"

 

 

 

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  • "frankly, we believe the UN report isn't as bad as the Israelis are claiming"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the Israeli reaction has become part of the problem and is giving ammunition to the other side"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we do not want this issue to derail the peace process"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the report does criticize both sides"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "at a minimum we must thank Justice Goldstone for his efforts"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and take notice of the report"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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JAPAN - Wikipedia EN:
LINK ¤ JAPAN

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  • "Japan - Nippon - is an archipelago of 6,852 islands in East Asia. The four largest islands are Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu and Shikoku"

 

 

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  • "the characters that make up Japan's name mean "sun-origin", which is why Japan is referred to as the "land of the rising sun""

 

 

 

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  • "Honshu's greater Tokyo area, with the de facto capital city of Tokyo, is the largest metropolitan area in the world, with more than 30 million residents"

 

 

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  • "Japan has the longest overall life expectancy at birth of any country in the world: 83,5 years"

 

 

 

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  • Population: 126.9 million

 

 

 

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Nippon - Wikipedia JA: LINK ¤ Nippon
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Japan - Map: LINK ¤ WIKIMEDIA
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