Oct 10, 2013

Abe under pressure from his party to protect 'sacred five'

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is facing severe resistance from his ruling Liberal Democratic Party on plans to potentially scrap import tariffs on some of Japan’s “sacred five” agricultural products. Abe aims to harness Japan’s competitiveness to end its economic malaise through the Trans-Pacific Partnership ...

Koizumi takes up post for Tohoku reconstruction

Oct 2, 2013

Koizumi takes up post for Tohoku reconstruction

Shinjiro Koizumi’s appointment Monday as parliamentary secretary in charge of Tohoku’s recovery has generated much attention amid mounting criticism of the government for failing to speed up reconstruction efforts or end the radioactive water spill into the sea at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear ...

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 ...