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Naoto Kan

  • Panel wants TEPCO execs charged over nuke crisis Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 3:30 AM ET

    TOKYO— A Japanese judicial panel has recommended that three former executives of the utility that operates the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant face criminal charges over their role in the disaster.

  • Future grows darker for solar energy growth in Japan Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 PM ET

    TOKYO, July 30- On the second anniversary of a scheme aimed at boosting Japan's renewable energy after the Fukushima crisis, its powerful industry ministry is taking steps critics say will choke off solar investment and pave the way for a return to nuclear power.

  • Japan's Construction Sector Set to Boom After Election Tuesday, 11 Dec 2012 | 4:29 PM ET

    Polls show the election is likely to return to power the long-dominant Liberal Democratic Party, which has promised to boost public works and talks of spending 200 trillion yen on projects over the next decade.

  • Kan Flack Makes Me Less Scared Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 10:01 AM ET
    Japan prime minister Naoto Kan

    As you recall, I was less than impressed yesterday with Prime Minister Kan's spokesperson's response to my simple question: "Do you have the situation under control?"

  • Is a Japanese Banking Crisis Next? Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 9:40 AM ET
    Bank of Japan governor Masaaki Shirakawa

    The exposures of various insurance companies to the economic devastation of the Tsunami may be dominating the financial discussions in the tragedy's wake – but Japanese banks may be at the most risk.