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 ...

With 8% hurdle cleared, Aso eyes 10% sales tax

Oct 8, 2013

With 8% hurdle cleared, Aso eyes 10% sales tax

Just a week after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced his intention to raise the 5 percent consumption tax to 8 percent next April, Finance Minister Taro Aso said he was upbeat about raising the levy further to 10 percent. Aso told reporters Tuesday the ...