Online dictionary of politics and media in Japan: Japan Times,Japanese abduction,Jiji tsushin,Jiminto,Kan Naoto,Koizumi Junichiro,Komeito,Kyodo tsushin,Kyoto protocol,Lockheed scandal

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Japan Times

ジャパンタイムズ ジャパン・タイムズ
alternative words: The Japan Times, Japan Taimuzu
keywords: newspaper
related web sites:
explanation: The first English-language newspaper in Japan, founded by Japanese publishers in 1897. It began with a support of the famous persons such as Ito Hirobumi and Fukuzawa Yukichi and received founds of Japanese government and business circle to diffuse Japanese opinion over the world. In 1943, its name changed to "The Nippon Times" but reverted to the initial name in 1956 and receives no more government funds. Its circulation is about 65,000.

Japanese abduction

日本人拉致 北朝鮮拉致
alternative words: North Korean Kidnapping, Japanese abducted by North Koreans
keywords: event
related topics: Koizumi Junichiro
related web sites: , , ,
explanation: Between 70's and 80's, many Japanese disappeared suddenly without leaving any traces. Most of the cases happening on Japan Sea side, people quickly suspected the North Korean secret service but North Koreans had denied it until September 2002 when Japanese prime minister Junichiro Koizumi met North Korean general secretary, Kim Il Jung. The most famous victims are Megumi Yokota, a young girl abducted at the age of 13 and Hitomi Soga who married with an American deserter during Korean war, Charles Jenkins.

Jiji tsushin

時事通信 時事通信社
alternative words: Jijitsushin, Jiji news, Jiji news agency, Jiji
keywords: newspaper
related topics: Kyodo tsushin
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explanation: After a disbandment of Domei tsushin, Jiji tsushi was founded in 1945 by inheriting overseas assets and censure structure. It offers service to government agencies, news media and trading companies. Recently it has begun to focus their activities on multimedia and internet related services. Due it its origin, Jiji tsushin keeps close relations with the government.


自民党 自由民主党
alternative words: Jimin to, Jimintou, Jimin tou, Jiyu minshu to, Jiyuminshuto, Liberal democratic party, LDP
keywords: political party
related topics: Yoshida Shigeru , Hatoyama Ichiro , Sato Eisaku , Tanaka Kakuei , Nakasone Yasuhiro
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explanation: After a merger of left and right socialist parties in October 1955, 2 conservative parties, Jiyuto and Nihon Minshuto merged, too in November and formed Jiminto (Liberal democratic party) with Hatoyama Ichiro as the first president. With a strong support of business circle and farmers, it played a major role in post war's Japanese economic revival, especially in Sato Eisaku's reign of 1964-72. Excepting for a short period between 1993-94, Jiminto has continuously stayed in power.

Kan Naoto

alternative words: Naoto Kan
keywords: statesman
related topics: Minshuto , Hatoyama Yukio
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explanation: Born in 1946 in Yamaguchi prefecture. After graduated from Tokyo Institute of Technology, he took part in various grassroots citizens' movements with Ichikawa Fusae. In 1980, he was elected in diet under the banner of Shakai Minshu Rengo. In 1993, he founded Shinto Sakigake with Hatoyama Yukio and participated to a coalition government with Jiminto led by Hashimoto Ryutaro as a health minister. In 1996, he founded Minshuto with Hatoyama Yukio. He is now its president.

Koizumi Junichiro

alternative words: Junichiro Koizumi, Koizumi Junichirou, Junichirou Koizumi
keywords: statesman
related topics: Jiminto
related web sites: ,
explanation: Born in February 1942 in Kanagawa prefecture in a politician family. After graduated at Keio university, he debuted the political carrier as secretary of ex prime minister, Fukuda Takeo. He was then elected 10 times in Japanese parliament with the ticket of Liberal democratic party (Jiminto) and occupied different ministerial posts. He was elected as 87th Japanese prime minister in April 2001 under a pressure of the public opinion which wished a profound reform of Japan.


alternative words: Komei to, Koumeito, Koukei to, New Komeito
keywords: political party
related topics: Sokagakkai , Ikeda Daisaku , Jiminto
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explanation: Since 1955, Sokagakkai has sent its members in local parliaments. It decided to participate to the national election by forming Komeito in 1964, and won 25 diet's seats in 1967. In 1970, after a scandal over the publication of an anti Sokagakkai book, it declared independent from Sokagakkai. After participated to a coalition government in 1993, it was absorbed by Shinshinto in 1994 but became again independent in 1997. Since 1999, it forms a coalition government with Jiminto.

Kyodo tsushin

共同通信 共同通信社
alternative words: Kyodo news, Kyodo news agency, Kyodotsushin, Kyoudoutsushin, Kyoudou tsushin, Kyodo, Kyoudou
keywords: newspaper
related topics: Jiji tsushin
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explanation: Founded in 1945 after the world war II by replacing the disbanded Domei tsushin, Kyodo tsushin is the biggest news agency in Japan with 50 overseas bureaus and exchanging the information with more than 60 international news agencies such as AP, UPA, AFP, Reuter etc.

Kyoto protocol

京都議定書 京都会議
alternative words: Kyoto's protocol, Protocol of Kyoto, Kyoto's meeting, Kyoto's reunion
keywords: event
related web sites: , ,
explanation: Organized in December 1997with 168 participating nations, Kyoto's reunion has been the largest meeting on the environment problems. Due to divergent interests not only between environmentalists and industrials but also developed and under-developed countries, the discussion was heated. The protocol adopted finally stipulates that Japan should diminish in 10 years CO2 gas emission of 6%, USA 8%, EU 7%. In 2001, the newly elected US president J.W. Bush declared not willing to follow it.

Lockheed scandal

alternative words: Lockheed affairs, Lockheed fraud, Lockheed bribery, Lockheed bribery scandal, Lockheed jiken
keywords: event
related topics: Tanaka Kakuei
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explanation: In 1976, during a hearing at foreign affairs committee in USA senate, it was discovered that Lockheed would pay huge bribes to Japanese prime minister, Tanaka Kakuei and transport minister, Hashimoto Tomisaburo in order to sell their civil airplanes, Tristar to "Zen nihon kuyu" (ANA) through Marubeni corporation. Beginning from 1977, the tribunal declared guilty Tanaka Kakuei for bribery in 1983 and confirmed it in appeal but the case was dropped due to his death in 1993.

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