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Japanese Prime Minister Kan is stepping down,  and his likely replacement is the former Foreign Minister, Maehara, pictured here with his then U.S. counterpart Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.   Gives one ideas, does it not?

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives alongside Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara for a joint press conference in the Ben Franklin Room at the State Department in Washington, DC, January 6, 2011. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Japanese prime minister announces resignation

Top story: Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan announced in a nationally televised speech on Friday that he was resigning from office and as leader of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ). Kan has suffered from low approval ratings due to what many Japanese see as his government’s botched handling of the tsunami disaster and accompanying nuclear crisis that hit the country in March.


Seiji Maehara, a former foreign minister and a China hawk, is seen as the front-runner in the race to replace Kan. Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda and Trade Minister Banri Kaieda will also likely contend for the top position.

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Secretary Clinton to Travel to London and Paris

Press Statement

Mark C. Toner
Acting Deputy Spokesman
Washington, DC
May 18, 2011

Secretary of State Clinton will accompany President Obama to London on May 24 for the first part of his state visit to the United Kingdom. This trip is a sign of the strength of the special relationship between our two countries, and of the United States’ enduring commitment to our allies and partners in Europe. Secretary Clinton will also meet with Foreign Secretary Hague while in London.

Secretary Clinton will then travel to Paris, France, to preside over the 50th Anniversary of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Ministerial Council Meeting, May 25-26. Events will include the OECD’s 50th Anniversary Commemoration, at which the Secretary will deliver the opening address in the presence of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan; several signing and adoption ceremonies; and a plenary session on “A New Paradigm for Development.” The Commemoration will be live-streamed at www.oecd.org/oecdweek.

Secretary Clinton will also deliver keynote remarks in support of the launch of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) Global Partnership for Girls’ and Women’s Education. The Global Partnership will bring together companies, non-governmental organizations, and governments to develop innovative programs to deliver education to women and girls. The event will be live-streamed on Thursday, May 26 at 8:00 am (EST) at www.unesco.org.

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Remarks Before Meeting With Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan


Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Tokyo, Japan
April 17, 2011

SECRETARY CLINTON: Prime Minister, I bring best wishes from President Obama who is very committed to following through as you (inaudible) discussed in providing whatever assistance the United States can. We are honored to be of assistance to you during this very difficult period and we are very confident that Japan will recover and will be a very strong economic and global player for years and decades to come. So I wanted to come personally to convey not only our sympathy and our condolence, but our continuing partnership and friendship as well as our strong conviction that there will be a very positive recovery from this and we will offer whatever we can that is appropriate from both our government and our private sector as you guide this recovery forward.

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