JPRI Japan/Pacific Rim Media Report: February 8, 2011

In This Week’s Report

1. Japan, China to Discuss Ways to Mend Relations
2. Kan Must Stand Tall to Pass Bold Reforms
3. Polls Reveal Common Pattern of Perceptions about National Leaders
4. Former PM Hatoyama Blames Bureaucracy on Futenma Issue
5. All Nippon Airways Launching Budget Airline Service in Asia
6. Japan Developing Metal Net Technology to Remove Space Debris
7. Japanese Exports to Emerging Markets Help Stabilize Yen

1. Japan, China to Discuss Ways to Mend Relations
Mainichi Daily News (“China, Japan eye late Feb. talks on maritime incidents,” 2 February 2011) reported that Japan and China plan to discuss ways to avoid incidents similar to last September’s diplomatic row over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands.  In addition to the maritime issue, the two countries will also discuss “Japan’s new defense policy outline, stalled bilateral talks on signing a treaty on joint gas field development in the East China Sea, and tensions on the Korean Peninsula.”  The dialogue is reported as a way to “improve relations ahead of a trilateral summit among China, Japan and South Korea set for May in Tokyo.”
ex http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20110202p2g00m0dm028000c.html

2. Kan Must Stand Tall to Pass Bold Reforms
The Economist (“Opening Japan to the world,” 3 February 2011) reported on Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s ambitious agenda, which appears incongruent with the undistinguished records of recent Japanese prime ministers and also Kan’s perceived lack of charisma.
ex http://www.economist.com/node/18070180?story_id=18070180&fsrc=rss

3. Polls Reveal Common Patterns of Perceptions about National Leaders
Washington Post (Chico Harlan, “In Japan, plenty of opinion polls, little love for
leaders,” 30 January 2011) reported on opinion polls in Japan regarding the country’s prime ministers. According to the article, political experts in Tokyo describe the public popularity of recent leaders as “a repeated gesture – a hand, following the slope of a nosedive.”
ex http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/30/AR2011013003311.html

4. Former PM Hatoyama Blames Bureaucracy on Futenma Issue
Associated Press (“Hatoyama blames bureaucrats for his failure on Futenma issue,” 2 February 2011) reported on comments by former Japanese premier Hatoyama Yukio concerning Okinawan base relocation, which blamed “resistance from powerful bureaucrats as well as U.S. opposition ... for his failure last year to deliver on a pledge to move a U.S. Marine base off the island of Okinawa.”  Hatoyama stated that though the United State’s position was firm, “resistance was even stronger within the Japanese bureaucracy.”
ex http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/hatoyama-blames-bureaucrats-for-his-failure-on-futenma-issue

5. All Nippon Airways Launching Budget Airline Service in Asia
Asahi News (“ANA to start budget air service this year” 3 February 2011) reported that the All Nippon Airways is launching budget airline service with discounted fares that will cater to domestic flight needs and “short-range routes connecting Asian destinations from Kansai International Airport.”  First Eastern Investment Group of Hong Kong will be a partner in the joint venture, but ANA will be the primary stockholder.  The joint venture will serve three or four routes initially, and, according to plans, 20 routes within five years.
ex http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201102020329.html

6. Japan Developing Metal Net Technology to Remove Space Debris
The Telegraph of theUnited Kingdom (Danielle Demetriou, “Japan’s space agency teams up with fishing net maker to collect space debris,” 01 February 2011) reported on a Japanese initiative to clean up space debris that has caused damage to space shuttles and satellites.  As “many as ten million pieces of human-made debris are estimated to be circulating in space at any one time.”  According to this article, the Japan Aerospace and Exploration Agency (JAXA) is working closely with Nitto Seimo Co., a fishing net company, to develop a metal net technology that involves “launching a satellite attached to a thin metal net spanning several kilometers into space, before the net is detached and begins to capture space waste while orbiting earth.”  The net, according to the plan, would then burn up with its collection when reentering the Earth’s atmosphere.
ex http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/space/8295234/Japans-space-agency-teams-up-with-fishing-net-maker-to-collect-space-debris.html

7. Japanese Exports to Emerging Markets Help Stabilize Yen
The Wall Street Journal (Daisuke Wakabayashi and Yoshio Takahashi, “Japan Exporters Offset Yen’s Impact,” 2 February 2011) reported “Japan’s auto makers and electronics companies have been able to offset some of the currency's negative impact with booming sales to China and other emerging markets.”
ex http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704124504576117503662627030.html?mod=googlenews_wsj


The JPRI Japan-Pacific Rim Media Report is compiled and edited in cooperation with the
Master of Arts in Asia Pacific Studies (MAPS) Program at the University of San Francisco.

Editor: Chiho Sawada

Editorial Associates: Kristine Anthony, Joshua Del Pino, Yulia Protasova, Eric Santiago, Jonathan Schmitt, Dai Sun


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