Naoto Kan

Naoto Kan
Naoto Kan
  • Born: October 10, 1946
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Profession: Politician

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Naoto Kan is a Japanese politician, and former prime minister of Japan. In June 2010, then-Finance Minister Kan was elected as the leader of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) and designated prime minister by the Diet to succeed Yukio Hatoyama. Kan was the first prime minister of Japan since the resignation of Junichiro Koizumi in 2006 to serve for more than one year, with predecessors Yukio Hatoyama, Tarō Asō, Yasuo Fukuda, and Shinzō Abe either resigning prematurely or losing an election. On 26 August 2011, Kan announced his resignation. Yoshihiko Noda was formally appointed as prime minister on 2 September 2011. On 1 August 2012, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced Kan would be one of the members of the UN high-level panel on the post-2015 development agenda.

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Nearly one third of Japan would have had to evacuate from their communities…. I came to believe that we should halt further operations of nuclear energy that entail such huge risks…. Japan can supply its energy needs without nuclear power Energy ;Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy ;Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy
After the Second World War, people in Japan no longer died for their country, and even that expression was no longer used. War & Peace
China has become a major presence for most countries around the world but notably for its neighboring countries in Asia. So I think it is a common position for Japan and its Asian neighbors that we certainly would strive to maintain as much as possible friendly relations with China.
I am advocating a weak yen to a certain extent.
I believe in any country, matters that relate to its territory would, of course, provoke strong sentiments amongst the people of that country.
I tend to agree with many aspects of President Obama's policies.
I will carry on the torch of reviving Japan that the Democratic Party received from the people.
I wouldn't call myself anti-nuclear.
If you are unable to understand the cause of a problem it is impossible to solve it.
In fact, the Senkaku Islands are... inherent territory of Japan that is recognized in our history and also by international law. History
In Japan, the average age of agricultural workers is 65.8. When the aging of its population is accelerating so rapidly, it will be very difficult to sustain the sector whether we liberalize trade or not.
It is possible for Japan to become the model of a society that does not rely on nuclear power. Society ;Power
Nuclear arms and atomic power represent a technology in which coexistence with man is extremely difficult. Power ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
So, Japan as a country has lost its vigor; it feels very much closed in for various reasons.
The question arises whether private companies can bear responsibility when considering the large risks involved with nuclear business. Business, Commerce & Finance
The safest nuclear power or energy policy is to realize 'zero nuclear power.' Power
The trend in the world right now is - not just in developed countries, but in developing countries including China and India - there is a movement to build more and more nuclear plants.
When the world has 1,000, 2,000, 3,000 nuclear plants, can we call that a safe world? I think we need to properly have this debate.
While many technological measures can be taken to secure safety at nuclear power plants, such measures on their own cannot cover great risks. Power