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 ...

Jan 15, 2011

Eda coy on executions; Edano diplomatic on China

Justice Minister Satsuki Eda, an opponent of capital punishment, remained noncommittal Friday about whether he will sign off on executions when a prisoner’s time to hang comes. The justice minister’s signature is needed to authorize each execution, and each person chosen for the post ...

Edano to replace Sengoku in new Cabinet

Jan 14, 2011

Edano to replace Sengoku in new Cabinet

CHIBA — Prime Minister Naoto Kan was rumored Thursday to have two key changes in mind for his looming Cabinet reshuffle, sources said. One will replace Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshito Sengoku with his Democratic Party of Japan’s deputy secretary general, Yukio Edano. The other ...

Jan 13, 2011

Kan to reveal new Cabinet lineup Friday

Prime Minister Naoto Kan is preparing to reshuffle his Cabinet and the ruling Democratic Party of Japan’s executive lineup Friday, DPJ sources said Wednesday. Kan hopes to have the Diet convene an ordinary session on Jan. 24, but it remains uncertain if the opposition ...

Jan 8, 2011

Online, Kan commiserates with short-lived predecessors

During a live Internet interview Friday, Prime Minister Naoto Kan lamented over little his tireless efforts are appreciated by the public. Kan is the first prime minister to appear in an online program live — an apparent effort to reach out to Internet users, ...

Sengoku thrust into reshuffle speculation spotlight

Jan 7, 2011

Sengoku thrust into reshuffle speculation spotlight

All eyes were fixed Thursday on the fate of Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshito Sengoku after Prime Minister Naoto Kan hinted that his right-hand man might have to leave the Cabinet to break an impasse with the opposition camp. Kan faces a dilemma. If he ...

Seniors' wisdom recorded

Jan 6, 2011

Seniors' wisdom recorded

Surrounded by record players and speakers that he designed and built on his own, Takeshi Teragaki, 86, a renowned sound system engineer, began to talk about how he first became intrigued by audio players. An interviewer set up a small digital video camera to ...

Sengoku tries to get opposition to back off

Jan 6, 2011

Sengoku tries to get opposition to back off

Opposition parties shouldn’t boycott Diet deliberations attended by two key ministers targeted by nonbinding censure motions in the Upper House in November, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshito Sengoku, one of those singled out, said Wednesday. “If they boycott Diet deliberations because of the censure motions ...