Dec 12, 2013

Ruling bloc approves tax reform plan for '14

To stave off some of the negative impacts of the expected consumption tax hike to 10 percent in October 2015, the Liberal Democratic Party-New Komeito ruling bloc says the levy should be reduced on certain daily necessities.

Dec 12, 2013

Government to promulgate new secrets law quickly

The government will promulgate the contentious state secrets law Friday, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet will be tested in its ability to create viable independent overseers to check how the state classifies and declassifies information before the law takes effect within a year.

Eda gambit viable, just for subsidy?

Dec 11, 2013

Eda gambit viable, just for subsidy?

Cresting criticism of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over his strong-arm tactics to pass the state secrets bill, ex-Your Party Secretary-General Kenji Eda hopes to form a new opposition party by year’s end, qualifying him for subsidies.

Your Party splinters as Eda bolts

Dec 9, 2013

Your Party splinters as Eda bolts

Lower House lawmaker Kenji Eda on Monday deserted Your Party, which he helped form four years ago, and took more than a third of the opposition group’s ranks with him to launch a new party. The breakup of Your Party underscored the worsening turmoil ...

Secrets bill clears panel by force

Dec 5, 2013

Secrets bill clears panel by force

The Liberal Democratic Party-New Komeito ruling coalition was set to forcibly pass the contentious state secrecy bill into law as early as Thursday night, after it rammed the legislation through the Upper House Special Committee on National Security earlier on the day. The chairman ...

Opposition takes final swipe at bill

Dec 4, 2013

Opposition takes final swipe at bill

The ruling bloc and the opposition camp face off again over the contentious state secrets bill, even though it appears headed for passage by the Upper House before the Diet session ends Friday.