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Latest Naoto Kan Items
Japan's finance minister was voted ruling party leader Monday and soon will be the prime minister, taking on a mind-boggling mix of challenges: tsunami recovery, a nuclear crisis and a bulging national debt, to name a few.
With powerful groups, including the Japan Business Federation allied against him, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan often has appeared to be an outsider within the country's massive governmental apparatus.
A former foreign minister announced his candidacy to lead Japan just hours after unpopular Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Tuesday that he would be out of the picture by early next week.
Japan's system to forecast radiation threats was working from the moment its nuclear crisis began. As officials planned a venting operation certain to release radioactivity into the air, the system predicted Karino Elementary School would be directly in the path of the plume emerging from the tsunami-hit Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant.
Prime Minister Naoto Kan defeated a no-confidence motion Thursday over his handling of Japan's triple disasters, but the victory may be short-lived: He said he is willing to resign once the country's recovery kicks in.
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan survived a no-confidence vote in his party Thursday after he made a vague promise to step down once he fulfills his role to "overcome" the country's post-tsunami crisis.
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan on Thursday announced bold measures for Japan to take a global lead in renewable energy and nuclear safety, as a new leak was reported at Fukushima's stricken nuclear power plant.
Meeting with the Japanese prime minister on the margins of the G-8 Summit in France, President Obama on Thursday assured the ally that the U.S. stands behind his country as it recovers from March's devastating earthquake and tsunami.
Prime Minster Naoto Kan is beginning to win public support for his hard-nosed determination to steer Japan through its post-tsunami nuclear crisis.