Abe team seeks to kill rice program by 2018

Nov 6, 2013

Abe team seeks to kill rice program by 2018

The Abe administration proposed Wednesday abolishing in 2018 the decades-old government program of limiting paddy usage to keep rice prices high, a landmark policy shift that would increase competition among domestic farmers. The plan was formally unveiled during a meeting of Liberal Democratic Party ...

Oct 28, 2013

Suga downplays LDP loss in Kawasaki poll

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga on Monday downplayed the significance of an independent candidate winning the Kawasaki mayoral election the previous day after boasting no affiliation to the political machine, and the defeat of the presumed front-runner, a Liberal Democratic Party pick he campaigned ...

Oct 23, 2013

Required English from third grade eyed

The education ministry is considering moving up the starting year of obligatory English-language education in elementary schools to the third grade from the current fifth grade by around 2020.

Oct 17, 2013

Japan P.M. sends offering to war-linked shrine

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has dedicated a “masakaki” decorated wooden stick offering used in Shinto rituals to Yasukuni Shrine, but did not visit the war-related shrine for the major autumn ceremony that began Thursday. Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Norihisa Tamura similarly dedicated a ...