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The Daily Yomiuri - Japanese News in English

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This is Kuniya Hiroko with a summary of the latest news from Japan for our English-speaking readers.
  • After the announcement of Princess Kiko's pregnancy, the Diet has put the debate about the LDP's centrist proposal for the resolution of the succession crisis on hold. The birth of a male heir to the Chrysanthemum Throne will silence the Imperial succession debate for another generation due to the resolution of the immediate crisis, but the debate is likely to only grow fiercer should she give birth to a female heir.
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  • Major economic investments by public-private partnerships have begun, with significant oil investment in the Philippines by Mitsui Oil Exploration, new rare earth mines being opened in Vietnam by Sumitomo Metal Mining. Another important development in business has been the expansion of Kansai Science City in Kansai Prefecture, in a joint venture by Japanese and British businesses and universities, which is set to create tens of thousands of jobs in high-tech industries over the next few years.
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  • In the wake of the Shadow Moses Crisis, Prime Minister Junichirō Koizumi has succeeded in passing Japan's first ever constitutional reform through the Diet securing the required - and unprecedented two-thirds majority to make the amendment. The changes to Chapter II, Article 9 maintain the essential pacifism and peacefulness of Japan, but permits Japan to protect itself and its allies, as sanctioned in the UN Charter. This is being seen as a triumph for the Liberal Democratic Party's flagship Seiki-ka (Normalisation) policy. Only the Japanese Communist Party opposed the change in the Diet, claiming that it may lead Japan into a future war with China, a claim strenuously denied by the LDP government.
  • Having been passed by the Diet, the constitutional referendum to the citizens passed.The new Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution is controversial within Japan, with pacifist elements believing that any move away from nonviolence is a bad one no matter the circumstances, while nationalist groups have complained that the revision does not go far enough to restore Japan's honour. The broad support of political moderates and centrists, however, for the new, compromise Article 9, and the majority of the citizen population recognising the need for some reform following the incident. There has been widespread and public support for the changes among the nations of the world, particularly by their governments, with only nations such as North Korea objecting, due to their desire to keep Japan vulnerable for their own aggressive ends.
  • The Japanese Self-Defence Force, the Jieitai, has begun the reorganisation process necessary to transition into a military force, the Kokubōgun - now to be known as the Japanese National Defence Force. Along with this reorganisation, which has seen the Defence Agency upgraded to a full cabinet-level government ministry, Minister of Defence Fumio Kyūma has announced significant new funding and contracts for the JNDF Air Force, ordering large numbers of new air defence fighters from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to protect Japan's airspace and sovereignty. Image
  • The JNDF Navy has not been silent, either, having begun talks on co-operation and training with the British Royal Navy and French Marine Nationale, with plans to develop a carrier capacity for Japan to defend its trade routes coming out into the open, and purchases of examples and production licenses for the Harrier GR9 and Dassault Rafale having been made. The United States has been notably absent from these deals, and while there has been no official comment on this from either the Japanese government or the United States government, sources close to the Minster of Defence have suggested that a lack of diplomatic response or any communication from the US government is to blame.
  • The Liberal Democratic Party's flagship Seiki-ka (Normalisation) policy has had its diplomatic avenues, as well, with the Emperor himself having issued a formal and final apology for the Japanese part in the events surrounding the Second World War, and the Prime Minister issuing compensation and apologies to surviving victims of atrocities in other countries, as well as laying flowers at the Korean Victims Memorial in Hiroshima, while holding a press event announcing the upcoming Hiroshima Conference on Disarmament. This is being seen as an effort to mollify opposition to Japan in foreign countries, as well as build up closer and friendlier ties with Japan's neighbours. Individual members of Nippon Kaigi have publicly criticised the Prime Minister for his actions, saying that enough apologies have been made already, but the organisation itself has remained silent. Image
  • In video games: Nintendo announces its newly redesigned handheld, the Nintendo DS Lite. The new model is lighter, smaller, has configurable brightness and features an improved user interface. They report declining Nintendo GameCube and Game Boy Advance sales but increased profits of ¥92.2 billion due to increased sales of games and merchandise. Stocks in Nintendo have jumped following the news, with rumours of an attempted buyout by Cisco being strongly denied by Nintendo. Image
  • Sony reports that strong sales of the PlayStation Portable helped the company make a profit of ¥70 billion in the last financial year, as excitement builds for the new Playstation 3 console, set to be released to consumers in Q4 2006, in competition with Nintendo's Wii, set for release in the same month.
  • Meanwhile, in a distant third place in the video games market, the American Microsoft Corporation announces $293 million losses in its Home and Entertainment division, and lowers its estimate of Xbox 360 sales in its first 90 days from 2.75-3.0 million units to 2.5 million. "It was a lot more difficult than we had imagined. We couldn't prepare the launch titles that we had promised, and it made an impact," said Microsoft of Japan Xbox chief of operations Yoshihiro Maruyama.
  • The lead developer of the globally popular 'Sturdy Wooden Cog' video game series, set in a steampunk European Renaissance-inspired universe where Leonardo da Vinci style war machines threaten to change the balance of power in early modern Europe, has spoken to Shūkan Famitsū, Japan's most popular gaming magazine, about the eerie similarities between the storyline of his games and the events which have been revealed to have happened in the real world. The Solid Wooden Cog series is considered to be one of the most influential video game collections of all time, and is credited with introducing the stealth genre, along with its famous protagonist, Sturdy Serpent.
"Imagine lies, and then write them down in order. That is literally all authors do!"

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1971: Israel

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