Sep 27, 2013

LDP readies measures to cushion tax hike

The ruling coalition on Friday agreed on certain parts of a ¥5 trillion stimulus package being readied to ease the impact of the planned sales tax hike, including handouts of up to ¥15,000 for lower income households. The package will be unveiled Tuesday, when ...

JET alumni advocates for Japan

Sep 3, 2013

JET alumni advocates for Japan

Clifton Strickler never thought of coming to Japan until he met his boss at the University of Texas while engaged in an undergraduate work-study. His boss lived in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, teaching English with the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program. For Strickler, the JET ...

Legislation bureau chief Abe's window to collective defense

| Sep 2, 2013

Legislation bureau chief Abe's window to collective defense

The appointment of Ichiro Komatsu as director general of the Cabinet Legislation Bureau is a step toward Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s goal of reinterpreting the Constitution so Japan can engage in collective self-defense. Komatsu, who was ambassador to France when he accepted the new ...

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 ...