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Government reshuffle for Naoto Kan, while his party is divided
Only the Ministers of Finance and Defence confirmed. Seiji Maehara is the new foreign minister. The reshuffle after the elections for the new party president, with the defeat of Ichiro Ozawa. Khan faces economic challenge, but also the division within his camp.
Democratic Party of Japan: war between Ozawa and Kan
Choice of party president and subsequently also of prime minister looms. Ichiro Ozawa is suspected of being close to the business and military communities; Naoto Kan has established a more democratic tradition closer to society's problems. Meanwhile the Japanese economy suffers from the crisis and a strong yen.
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President reshuffles cabinet, his party gains absolute majority in parliament
MPs from the opposition United National Party cross the floor to join the ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party. Leaders clash whilst President Rajapakse gains a free hand to deal with the rebels.
Tokyo, government reshuffle to support economy and public spending
The real change is in the new minister for the economy, Kaoru Yosano, a former conservative minister. He supports increasing consumer tax to cover the fiscal budget for 2011. Since 2000, spending on social welfare and healthcare has grown by 60% in Japan due to an aging population. A push for the TTP, a free trade area among nine countries in the Pacific.
Tokyo: strongman Ichiro Ozawa leaves the Democrats, Government at risk
Former party leader resigns along with 51 other MPs. The fracture caused by the draft legislation, which will double (from 5 to 10%) the consumption tax by 2015. Fears for the majority in the House. However, the new line does not enjoy widespread support among voters.
The rise to power Ichiro Ozawa: the "shadow shogun".
A man of undoubted political skills, a history within the Liberal Democrats and as Foreign Minister in the Nakasone government, he later reached leadership of Democratic Party. He left the Party because of trial, but could re-enter. His goal is to become Prime Minister.
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