Ozawa charged over funds misreporting

Feb 1, 2011

Ozawa charged over funds misreporting

Democratic Party of Japan heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa was indicted Monday over a shady land purchase and accounting irregularities linked to his political funds management body, making him the first politician to face trial based on a decision by citizens on a prosecution inquest committee. ...

Kan defends being S&P-blindsided

Jan 29, 2011

Kan defends being S&P-blindsided

Prime Minister Naoto Kan on Friday defended his remarks on the downgrade of Japan’s sovereign credit rating by Standard & Poor’s, saying he had yet to be informed of the news when he said he was “not familiar with the matter.” Kan’s remark Thursday ...

Opposition issues Ozawa terms

Jan 28, 2011

Opposition issues Ozawa terms

Senior opposition lawmakers demanded Thursday that Ichiro Ozawa testify under oath in the Diet over his alleged involvement in falsifying political funding reports. During a meeting of secretaries general and Diet affairs chiefs of both the ruling and opposition parties, Democratic Party of Japan ...

Jan 27, 2011

Poll to precede any tax hike

Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Wednesday he has no plans to dissolve the Lower House for a snap election anytime soon but will do so before the government raises the consumption tax. “I have said that I will ask for public judgment before (the ...

Jan 25, 2011

Preschool, day care integration plan eases

The Democratic of Japan-led government backed off a bit Monday from a push to integrate the operations of day care facilities with kindergartens and instead offered them financial incentives to merge. The goal of integration was to alleviate both the shortage in day care ...

Onus on all in Diet to fix system: Kan

Jan 25, 2011

Onus on all in Diet to fix system: Kan

Prime Minister Naoto Kan invited the opposition camp Monday to join a debate on social welfare and tax reforms as the 150-day Diet session opened, saying it is the responsibility of every lawmaker to address these pressing issues. Kan’s humble 19-page policy speech was ...

Opposition sees red over Yosano

Jan 25, 2011

Opposition sees red over Yosano

Prime Minister Naoto Kan kicked off the year by sacking his right-hand man, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshito Sengoku, and appointing a one-time critic of him in Kaoru Yosano to the Cabinet, reaching out to the opposition to gain support for the fiscal 2011 budget. ...

Edano: Hike sales tax after the next election

| Jan 22, 2011

Edano: Hike sales tax after the next election

The consumption tax should be raised after the next general election, which must be held before summer 2013, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano suggested Thursday. In a group interview with media organizations Thursday, Edano said the ruling Democratic Party of Japan’s manifesto states that ...

Jan 20, 2011

Key ministers meet to weigh tax hike

Key Cabinet ministers agreed Wednesday to map out comprehensive proposals on social welfare and tax reforms, with an eye to hiking the sales levy, by June as they met for the first time to explore ways to cope with the problems of a rapidly ...

Analysts doubt new picks' clout

| Jan 15, 2011

Analysts doubt new picks' clout

Despite Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s pledge to create the “best lineup to overcome the crisis,” political pundits were skeptical that replacing Yoshito Sengoku with Yukio Edano as chief Cabinet secretary and taking on outsider Kaoru Yosano will help his team solve the ruling party’s ...