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JSPowerbrief13

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J-S
OFT
P
OWER 
W
EEKLY
B
RIEF
E
DITOR 
:
 
UI
F
ARO
S
ARAIVA
 
A
SSISTANT
E
DITORS
:
 
S
EIKO
S
AKURAGI
,
 
E
DUARDO
P
ASSOS
  N
UMBER 
12
 
 
W
EDNESDAY
,
 
25
TH
 
A
PRIL
2012
J-S
OFT
P
OWER 
W
EEKLY
B
RIEF
 covers news or other articles related with Soft Power in the context of the Japanese ForeignPolicy. The opinions expressed are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of JFPO.
J
APAN
F
OREIGN
P
OLICY
O
BSERVATORY
(JFPO)
Osaka, Japan • Editor’s mailbox: ruifarosaraiva@gmail.com
PHOTO
 
OF
 
THE
 
WEEK 
“A
CHARACTER LOOKS OUT FROM THE UPPER OBSERVATION DECK OF
T
OKYO
S
KY
T
REE
,
THE WORLD
S TALLEST FREE
-
STANDING TOWER 
,
DURING A PRESS PREVIEW
,
 
A
PRIL
17,
 
2012.
 
F
OLLOWING ITS FORMAL OPENING ON
M
AY
22,
THE
634-
METER STRUCTURE WILL SERVE AS THE NEW BROADCASTING FACILITY FOR SIX TERRESTRIAL BROADCASTERS
.”
(Natsuki Sakai - Nippon News)
O
SAKA GOVTS CALL FOR REVIEW OF
O
I RESTART
 
“Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto and Osaka Gov.Ichiro Matsui called for the government to reexamineits plan to restart two nuclear reactors at KansaiElectric Power Co.'s Oi nuclear power plant in FukuiPrefecture after submitting eight proposalsconcerning nuclear power plant safety on Tuesday.(…) The eight proposals on nuclear power plantsafety were jointly compiled by the Osaka prefecturaland municipal governments. They include calls for:Establishing a highly independent regulatoryorganization that can be trusted by the people;Reformulating safety standards; Establishing asystem under which prefectural governments locatedwithin about 100 kilometers of nuclear power plantsand electric power companies can concludeagreements on plant operation.”
(Yomiuri)
 
G
OVT TO SEND RESEARCH MISSION TO
S.
 
S
UDAN
 
“Defense Minister Naoki Tanaka said Tuesday his
 
J-S
OFT
P
OWER 
W
EEKLY
B
RIEF
E
DITOR 
:
 
UI
F
ARO
S
ARAIVA
 
A
SSISTANT
E
DITORS
:
 
S
EIKO
S
AKURAGI
,
 
E
DUARDO
P
ASSOS
  N
UMBER 
12
 
 
W
EDNESDAY
,
 
25
TH
 
A
PRIL
2012
J-S
OFT
P
OWER 
W
EEKLY
B
RIEF
 covers news or other articles related with Soft Power in the context of the Japanese ForeignPolicy. The opinions expressed are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of JFPO.
J
APAN
F
OREIGN
P
OLICY
O
BSERVATORY
(JFPO)
Osaka, Japan • Editor’s mailbox: ruifarosaraiva@gmail.com
ministry plans to send a mission to South Sudan toexamine the security situation in the African nation,where Japanese troops are working to buildinfrastructure as part of U.N. peacekeepingoperations. Unveiling the mission plan at a pressconference, Tanaka said he was "deeply concerned"about the growing conflict between Sudan and SouthSudan, which became independent in July last year.The Defense Ministry is expected to dispatch theresearch mission to South Sudan and Sudan later thisweek, sources familiar with the matter said. GroundSelf-Defense Force troops started their infrastructure- building operations in the South Sudanese capital of Juba earlier this year.”
(Yomiuri)
P
ERU
'
S
H
UMALA TO VISIT
J
APAN FROM
M
AY
8
“Peruvian President Ollanta Humala will visit Japanfor three days from May 8, the Foreign Ministry saidTuesday. Humala will meet with the Emperor andEmpress on May 9. He will also meet with PrimeMinister Yoshihiko Noda the same day to discussways to deepen the two countries' economicrelationship after enacting an economic partnershipagreement last month.”
(Yomiuri)
J
APAN
P
OISED FOR 
E
RA OF
S
USTAINABLE
I
NFLATION
,
 
N
OMURA
S
AY
 
“Has Minister of Economy, Trade and IndustryYukio Edano been wavering over the restarting of nuclear reactors in Japan? Last weekend I met andinterviewed him, and the comment that left thegreatest impression on me was: I don't want to become a Robespierre. (…)Edano considers thechoice not to restart any of the nuclear reactors inJapan that have been shut down for inspections to bea kind of radical reform. He thinks that if he speedily progresses in this direction, confusion could spreadand he could end up further away from the ideal of  being free from reliance on nuclear power. In theinterview below, Edano's gradualist approach isevident.”
(Takao Yamada – Mainichi Daily News)
J
APAN
,
 
US
 
P
OSTPONE
A
NNOUNCEMENT ON
O
KINAWA
 
“Three top U.S. lawmakers are expressing concernabout an agreement on the re-organization of U.S.forces on the Japanese island of Okinawa, which theysay is imminent. The lawmakers say in a formalstatement that Washington and Tokyo are expected toannounce the deal Wednesday, but Japanese mediasay the announcement has been postponed. The twocountries hope to finalize a long-delayed plan torelocate a strategic American military base to a lesscrowded part of Okinawa because of local complaintsabout noise, pollution and crime.’”
(VOA)
J
APAN
S
EEN
A
NTEING
U
P ON
S
TIMULUS AS
Y
EN
I
MPACT
F
ADES
:
 
E
CONOMY
 
“Japan’s central bank is set to ante up on stimulusmeasures as a rebound in the yen shows that theimpact of a 10 trillion yen ($123 billion) expansion inasset purchases in February is fading. (…) Onedynamic that may undermine stimulus efforts isGovernor Masaaki Shirakawa’s own comments,repeated in the U.S. last week, that monetary policyhas only a limited role in ending deflation andsupporting growth. Former Bank of Japan boardmember Atsushi Mizuno says investors are confusedon where the central bank stands, while JPMorganChase & Co. says failing to ease could see the yenstrengthen further. (…) A stronger yen reduces exportsales and profits, weighing on the nation’s recoveryfrom last year’s tsunami, earthquake and nuclear crisis. Nissan Motor Co. (7201) Chief ExecutiveOfficer Carlos Ghosn said this week that the currencyis the unpredictable “one-thousand-pound gorilla”that makes all Japanese car manufacturers suffer.”
(Bloomberg)
J
APAN PANEL HEAD EYES INCENTIVE SEENBOOSTING SOLAR POWER 
 
 
J-S
OFT
P
OWER 
W
EEKLY
B
RIEF
E
DITOR 
:
 
UI
F
ARO
S
ARAIVA
 
A
SSISTANT
E
DITORS
:
 
S
EIKO
S
AKURAGI
,
 
E
DUARDO
P
ASSOS
  N
UMBER 
12
 
 
W
EDNESDAY
,
 
25
TH
 
A
PRIL
2012
J-S
OFT
P
OWER 
W
EEKLY
B
RIEF
 covers news or other articles related with Soft Power in the context of the Japanese ForeignPolicy. The opinions expressed are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of JFPO.
J
APAN
F
OREIGN
P
OLICY
O
BSERVATORY
(JFPO)
Osaka, Japan • Editor’s mailbox: ruifarosaraiva@gmail.com
“The head of a Japanese panel suggested onWednesday that utilities pay 52 cents per kilowatt-hour (kwh) for solar power supplies in a renewableenergy incentive scheme, a rate that could encourage business investors to enter the budding market. Japanwill introduce in July a new feed-in tariff scheme,which was originally aimed to help cut fossil fuelconsumption and has become a key policy as Japantries to reduce its reliance on atomic power after lastyear's Fukushima disaster. The solar rate was in linewith the industry's request and could boost the sector,though it would come at a greater cost to electricityconsumers, to whom the utilities pass on the burden.”
(Reuters)
J
APAN
'
S
T
OYO
E
NGINEERING WINS DEAL WITH
I
RAQ OIL FIRM
 
“Japan's Toyo Engineering Corp said on Wednesdayit signed a contract to provide technical services toupstream projects to be undertaken by Iraq's state-runSouth Oil Co (SOC). (…) Iraq sees production fromits southern oilfields reaching 2.75 million barrels per day (bpd) by the end of the year. Iraq aims to doubleits output over the next three years as it recovers after years of sanctions and war. Last month, the country'soil production rose above 3 million bpd for the firsttime in more than three decades. The country isexpected to be the world's biggest source of new oilsupplies over the next few years”
(Reuters)
J
APAN
F
INANCE
M
INISTRY
M
AINTAINS
E
CONOMIC
A
SSESSMENT OF
EGIONS
 
“Japan’s Finance Ministry maintained its overalleconomic assessment of the country’s regions, withgovernment reconstruction spending seen assupporting growth. Regional economies ‘continue toimprove at a moderate pace, though there aredifferences between various areas’ the ministry saidin its quarterly report released today in Tokyo. Theministry raised its economic evaluation for threeregions: quake stricken Tohoku, the Tokai area whereToyota Motor Corp. and auto parts makers are based,and Kyushu. The assessment of the eight other regions including the Tokyo area was unchanged.The Ministry’s outlook was that governmentspending is expected to continue fueling theseregional economies. ‘Downside risks’ such as foreignexchange rates, oil prices, overseas economic growthand the stability of the electricity supply still remain,the report said.”
(Bloomberg)
J
APAN TO FORGIVE
$3.7
BILLION OF
M
YANMAR 
SDEBT
,
RESUME AID TO SUPPORT REFORMS
 
“Japan said Saturday it will take steps to forgiveabout 300 billion yen ($3.7 billion) of Myanmar’sdebt and resume full-fledged development aid as away to support the country’s democratic andeconomic reforms. The government made theannouncement after a meeting between PrimeMinister Yoshihiko Noda and Myanmar PresidentThein Sein following a summit with leaders from thefive nations of the Mekong River region.’”
(Washington Post)
J
APAN
A
ZUMI
S
AYS
G-20
 
H
AS
"S
HARED
S
ENSE
O
F
C
RISIS
"
 
O
N
IMF
 
F
UNDING
 
“Japan's Finance Minister Jun Azumi said Tuesdaythat the Group of 20 industrial and developingnations exhibited a shared sense of crisis by boostingthe International Monetary Fund's emergencyresources, adding that there is no conflict betweendeveloped and developing nations within the G-20 onthe issue. ‘The fact that (the number of) countries thatagree with our thinking increased substantially showsthat there was something like a shared sense of crisis,’ Azumi said at a regular press conference,referring to meetings of the IMF and G-20 held lastweek in Washington. The IMF obtained a near doubling of its emergency funds with pledges for over $430 billion from G-20 members and other countries last week. Japan offered $60 billion. (…)Azumi hailed the BRIC group's acknowledgement of the importance of financial support for the IMF, evenif the amounts are still under consideration, and

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