Aug 31, 2013

Most on Abe's expert panel approve plan to hike sales tax

The government’s expert panel on the planned consumption tax hike wrapped up discussions Saturday with more than 70 percent of its members supporting the plan as it now stands, saying Japan will suffer a much bigger economic blow if the tax isn’t raised. Prime ...

Aug 26, 2013

Abe begins collecting feedback on tax hike before decision

A government panel kicked off a seven-day discussion Monday on whether the sales tax should be hiked next April amid concerns it could derail Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s radical efforts to end decades of deflation. Abe is soliciting opinions from 60 people ranging from ...

Reform plan no remedy for health care

Aug 23, 2013

Reform plan no remedy for health care

Japan has been resorting to patchwork reforms over the past decade to prevent the health care system from collapsing as a rapidly graying society demands more funds from an ever-shrinking pool of tax revenue. Despite improvements, the outline of the government’s latest reform plan, ...

Foreign colleges feel globalization-excluded

Aug 16, 2013

Foreign colleges feel globalization-excluded

As Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pursues deregulation, the “third arrow” of his “Abenomics” economic plan, Temple University’s Japan campus is closely watching to see if he will create a more favorable situation for foreign schools here by granting them the same tax perks and ...

By omitting words, Abe speaks volumes

Aug 15, 2013

By omitting words, Abe speaks volumes

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed no remorse for Japan’s past military aggression in Asia and failed to pledge to never again wage war Thursday when the nation marked the 68th anniversary of its surrender in World War II, underscoring his revisionist views on history ...

Aug 7, 2013

Watanabe sacks Your Party exec Eda

The upheaval in the opposition camp shows no sign of letting up, as witnessed by the Wednesday sacking of Kenji Eda as secretary-general of the 36 Diet member Your Party, a move that may divide its ranks. Amid the opposition disarray, the Liberal Democratic ...

Upper House gets first LDP president in six years

Aug 2, 2013

Upper House gets first LDP president in six years

A six-day extraordinary Diet session kicked off Friday with the Upper House electing a president from the Liberal Democratic Party for the first time since 2007. It is also the first time since 2007 that the LDP-led ruling coalition has control of both chambers ...