Fri, 10 February 2006
Friday, February 10, 2006. Volume 02, Number 06
Thanks for tuning in again. We've run a little over the 20-minute objective this time. But I hope the content justifies the extension.
Today we consider four quite controversial issues in Japan's domestic politics and diplomacy. The first is the fate of the bill to revise the rules of imperial succession to allow female members of the imperial family ascend the throne. Second is the political significance of the latest defense procurement scandal. Third is the effect of the tainted beef import issue on the U.S.-Japan relationship. And finally we review results of the effort to hold bilateral talks with representatives of North Korea.
All interesting issues that provide us with insights into Japan's domestic politics and conduct of foreign affairs.
Here are some links to individuals and organizations mentioned in today's program.
The Imperial Household Agency
The Japan Defense Agency
The U.S. Department of Agriculture
The U.S. Cattlemen's Beef Board
The Liberal Democratic Party
The Democratic Party of Japan
Government of North Korea
Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs
North Korean Residents Association [only Japanese and Korean]