Doubled sales tax by '16 gets nod

Jul 1, 2011

Doubled sales tax by '16 gets nod

Yielding to strong opposition from the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, the government of Prime Minister Naoto Kan, the DPJ president, approved a social security and tax reform plan Thursday that will enforce a 10 percent consumption tax “by the mid-2010s,” instead of its ...

Jun 29, 2011

Kan hints at playing nuclear energy card

Whether to promote nuclear power will be the most crucial issue in the next national election, Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Tuesday, rekindling speculation that he may want to dissolve the Lower House over energy policy. Kan made the comment during a meeting of ...

| Jun 12, 2011

Track record of coalition plans not always grand

Amid the chaos breaking out in Nagata-cho since Prime Minister Naoto Kan announced his intention to resign, the ruling Democratic Party of Japan is once again seeking to form a grand coalition with its long-time conservative foe, the Liberal Democratic Party. The LDP dominated ...

Jun 4, 2011

Aid group calls for more vaccines

The head of a Geneva-based aid group on funding vaccinations in developing countries urged Japan on Friday to make larger financial contributions to saving children’s lives in disease-stricken parts of the world. Helen Evans, interim CEO of the Global Alliance for Vaccination and Immunization, ...

Cleanup effort enters new phase

Jun 1, 2011

Cleanup effort enters new phase

Since the Golden Week holidays in early May, fewer volunteers have gone to the Tohoku region to help it clean up from the devastation caused by the March 11 quake and tsunami. The American Chamber of Commerce hopes to rectify this deficit by dispatching ...

May 31, 2011

Raise sales tax in stages, advisers tell Kan reform council

The consumption tax should be raised in stages to prevent adverse fluctuations in the economy, a report compiled by government advisers said Monday. The report was submitted to the Council for Intensive Discussion on Social Security Reform headed by Prime Minister Naoto Kan and ...

Fujifilm helps salvage photos in disaster zone

May 27, 2011

Fujifilm helps salvage photos in disaster zone

A few days after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, Fujifilm Corp. in Tokyo began to receive sporadic but desperate phone calls from survivors in the Tohoku region. They wanted to know how to clean photos covered with mud and seawater. When the enormous ...

Success mixed when it comes to planning for disasters

| May 24, 2011

Success mixed when it comes to planning for disasters

Many claim the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami of March 11 exceeded all expectations. Breakwaters and seawalls that were built along the coastal areas of the Tohoku region were destroyed by the waves, unable to prevent them from swallowing up houses, factories and schools. ...

May 11, 2011

Kan to give up executive salary

Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Tuesday he will give up his salary as premier until the Fukushima nuclear crisis is under control. The pay cut will start next month. He will still take his salary as a member of the Lower House. “I think ...