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World 08 Aug 2005 | 12:00 AM Premium

Japan PM calls election after postal defeat

TOKYO (Reuters) - In the biggest gamble of his three-decade political career, Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi called a September election for parliament's powerful lower house on Monday in hopes of a new mandate for reform.

Lifestyle 14 Aug 2005 | 12:00 AM Premium

The Death Marches

Some 2,400 Allied soldiers were held as prisoners of war in Sabah under the Japanese Occupation. DANNY WONG TZE KEN relates the extreme hardship these men suffered. When liberation finally came, only six remained alive.

World 15 Aug 2005 | 12:00 AM Premium

Japan PM marks WW2 defeat with apology to Asia

TOKYO (Reuters) - Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi marked the 60th anniversary of Japan's defeat in World War Two on Monday with an apology for suffering caused by Japanese military aggression and pledged that Tokyo would never again go to war.

World 15 Aug 2005 | 12:00 AM Premium

Japan PM marks WW2 defeat with apology to Asia

TOKYO (Reuters) - Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi marked the 60th anniversary of Japan's defeat in World War Two on Monday with an apology for suffering caused by Japanese military aggression, and pledged that Tokyo would never again go to war.

World 11 Sep 2005 | 12:00 AM Premium

Koizumi wins Japan election landslide - exit polls

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's long-ruling party won a landslide victory in Sunday's election for parliament's lower house, TV exit polls showed, a stunning win that will tighten the U.S. ally's grip on power and give him a broad mandate for market-friendly reform.

World 13 Sep 2005 | 12:00 AM Premium

'Lion King' Koizumi could be next Japan kingmaker

TOKYO (Reuters) - Nicknamed

World 04 Oct 2005 | 12:00 AM Premium

Bush picks White House aide for high court

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush on Monday reached into his inner circle and nominated White House lawyer Harriet Miers for a Supreme Court vacancy, choosing a woman who is not a judge and whose views on major issues are largely unknown.

World 04 Oct 2005 | 12:00 AM Premium

Bush picks White House aide for high court

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush on Monday reached into his inner circle and nominated White House lawyer Harriet Miers for a Supreme Court vacancy, choosing a woman who is not a judge and whose views on major issues are largely unknown.

World 05 Oct 2005 | 12:00 AM Premium

Koizumi to reshuffle cabinet in Nov - paper

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has decided to reshuffle the cabinet and key posts in his ruling party next month when the current parliamentary session ends, a financial daily reported on Wednesday.

Lifestyle 30 Oct 2005 | 12:00 AM Premium

Lightnin’ strikes

THAT the blues are born out of pain is a cliché. And to some extent, it is tempting to lump the lives of every great bluesman born in the southern United States in the early part of the last century together. But to do so is to do each one of them a great disservice. For each of them has a story worth telling.