Jan 23, 2014

Abe not painting war with China scenario, Suga assures

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga on Thursday tried to play down the significance of overseas reports that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe compared the current tension between China and Japan to that of Britain and Germany right before World War I, saying Abe wasn’t stressing ...

Jan 23, 2014

Economy to be Abe's Diet focus, at least at first

This year’s 150-day regular Diet session will open Friday with a key policy speech by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expected to play to his strength — the economy — rather than his controversial diplomatic or national security policies. The administration and ruling parties say ...

Old LDP nemesis rides comeback trail to Tokyo

Jan 22, 2014

Old LDP nemesis rides comeback trail to Tokyo

Morihiro Hosokawa, the former prime minister who rocked and transformed Japanese politics in the early 1990s, is back, this time as a leading candidate for Tokyo governor, running as an anti-nuclear crusader seeking the abolishment of all atomic power plants. But questions linger about ...

Mirrorless cameras offer glimmer of hope to makers

Dec 30, 2013

Mirrorless cameras offer glimmer of hope to makers

Japan, once a leader in manufacturing, has lost its competitive edge in various electronics products, including televisions, video recorders and portable music players. Now it may be poised to concede one of its long-time strongholds: the digital still camera market. Japan reportedly held 80 ...