Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda
is likely to call on China during his first official visit to Beijing from Sunday to play a key role in dealing with North Korea, a week after the death of the North's leader Kim Jong Il sent a shock wave around the world and sparked fears about regional security.
I think I could dissolve the lower house Friday" if LDP President Shinzo Abe makes promises on cutting the number of lawmakers in the 480-seat lower house, Noda
said during a one-on-one debate with Abe in the chamber.
Diplomatic sources said the Chinese government has explored whether Noda
could refer to the 1937 incident and issue an apology during the planned visit.
In August Noda
promised major opposition party leaders that he would go to the people "sometime soon" in exchange for support in securing passage of a long-fought-for bill to raise the sales tax, which was enacted the same month.
We would like to make the East China Sea a sea of peace, cooperation and friendship,'' Noda
was quoted as telling Hu.
In August, Noda
, then LDP chief Sadakazu Tanigaki and New Komeito head Natsuo Yamaguchi agreed on a deal to enact legislation to double the 5 percent sales tax rate by 2015, the prime minister's key policy goal, in exchange for a promise from Noda
to call a general election "sometime soon.
With the course only taking a mere four weeks (on average) to get from test to road, it's no surprise that Noda
are over the moon with what they have achieved for their drivers.
have had a link with Newcastle University for more than 20 years, and senior manager Eddy Binks says the award is Noda
's reward for consistently delivering top standards of service.
Established in 2001, NODA
realized over 800 projects, and developed over 300 contact centers across Central Europe and Central Asia.
After gaining a Diet seat in 1993 from a constituency in Gifu Prefecture, central Japan, Noda
was appointed as postal minister under Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi in 1998 at the age of 37, the youngest minister in the postwar era.
During their 25-minute talks on the sidelines of a series of meetings between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and its dialogue partners in Cambodia, Noda
and Obama exchanged views on maritime security in Asia, Japanese officials said.
With the backing of many lawmakers, Noda
easily won 818 points out of a total of 1,231 points in the presidential election, in which he faced three challengers, including former internal affairs minister Kazuhiro Haraguchi.