Prime Minister Naoto Kan prepares to offer a flower for Japan"s unidentified war dead at Chidorigafuchi National Tomb on May 30.
The Japanese PM, Naoto Kan, is facing threats of a no-confidence vote from his own party, the DJP. It's not that he's particularly done anything terrible, but he had the misfortune of being in power during one of the most difficult periods in Japan's recent history. He's got a budget crisis and the largest rebuilding program since WWII on his hands. He also faces a lot of opposition in the rival party, the LJP, and his own party members are blaming the subsequent political log jam on him. Add to that a strong rival within his own party, Ichiro Ozawa-- who was indicated in a funding scandal and seems like a real slippery huckster-- and you've got an internal party rebellion on your hands. Analysts say the PM is likely to survive this attack, but his long-term prospects aren't looking so good, as the number of DJP "rebels" is growing every day.
I Love What You're Not Doing for Me: Toyota
Japan's auto sales in May were the worst since 1968 with Toyota Company sloshing around the very bottom of the automotive barrel.
The Tachikawa Job
A suspect in the nation's largest ever cash heist was arrested this morning. 31 year old Hideaki Ueki, who has ties to organized crime, robbed a security company office in Tachikawa on May 12th and got away with ¥604 million in cash. His suspected accomplice, 41 year-old Yutaka Watanabe is still on the lam, and as many as 10 others are suspected to have cooperated in the robbery.
Sumo is set to resume its normal tournament schedule next month after being suspended amidst a plague of bout rigging in all levels of the sport. The cancellation of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament in March was the first such cancellation in over 65 years. The Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament will signal the return of the sport on July 10-24.