Liquefaction driving away Chiba residents

Mar 30, 2012

Liquefaction driving away Chiba residents

Chiba’s population is declining for the first time in 66 years as residents in bedroom communities damaged by last March’s liquefaction decide to abandon the prefecture, fed up with authorities’ failure to repair their homes and fearful of radioactive fallout. Many of the prefecture’s ...

Tanaka ratchets up SDF missile shield standby

Mar 28, 2012

Tanaka ratchets up SDF missile shield standby

Defense Minister Naoki Tanaka on Tuesday ordered the Self-Defense Forces to prepare missile shield elements to intercept a rocket North Korea plans to launch next month. The preparation order will enable the SDF to begin examining locations to deploy ground-based Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missile ...

Mar 23, 2012

Foes to sales tax hike in DPJ impede bill

The administration and the Democratic Party of Japan failed again Thursday to form a consensus among party members on the contentious consumption tax hike, postponing until next week a planned Cabinet meeting to formalize the bill. The administration originally planned to formalize the unpopular ...

Ozawa portrait hung at Diet with other old-timers

Mar 13, 2012

Ozawa portrait hung at Diet with other old-timers

A portrait of former Democratic Party of Japan leader Ichiro Ozawa, who is on trial for allegedly breaking the political funds law, was displayed in the Diet on Monday. According to the Lower House, lawmakers who have been in office for over 25 years ...

Mar 6, 2012

DPJ leaders propose slashing lawmaker salaries by 14%

The ruling Democratic Party of Japan’s executive members decided Monday to slash legislators’ salaries by about 14 percent — nearly double the 7.8 percent pay cut for civil servants approved by the Diet last week. DPJ Secretary General Azuma Koshiishi proposed cutting ¥3 million ...

Mar 1, 2012

In rare case of bipartisanship, Diet cuts bureaucrats' pay

A bill to slash national civil servant salaries by an average of 7.8 percent for two years was enacted Wednesday after clearing the opposition-controlled Upper House. The bill will save about ¥580 billion in the two years from April 1. The savings will be ...

Mar 1, 2012

10% wage cut for Diet ranks OK by Noda

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said Wednesday he would advocate cutting the salaries of lawmakers by more than 10 percent. Noda’s remarks came in a one-on-one Diet debate with opposition leaders held for the first time in the current Diet session. When asked by New ...

Noda tax quest one dimensional?

Feb 29, 2012

Noda tax quest one dimensional?

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has cleared numerous political hurdles since taking office in September, but his goal of raising the consumption tax and reforming the social security system may prove insurmountable as he wages a two-front battle. Noda faces rebellion from within the ranks ...