Abe, Suga both away from Tokyo at the same time

Sep 18, 2014

Abe, Suga both away from Tokyo at the same time

The last few days were rather unusual for the prime minister’s office in Nagatacho, Japan’s political center: Both Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga were not there. The prime minister and chief Cabinet secretary are the No. 1 and No. ...

Sep 5, 2014

Economic safeguards again in works for next tax hike, Amari says

The government plans to have steps in place to protect the economy if it decides to complete the doubling of the consumption tax to 10 percent in October 2015, reappointed economy minister Akira Amari said Friday. “We won’t raise the tax without any countermeasures,” ...

Families fear hundreds left out of abductee debate

Sep 5, 2014

Families fear hundreds left out of abductee debate

Feb. 7, 1976, should have been just another Saturday for Susumu Fujita. The 19-year-old college student was leaving his house in Kawaguchi, Saitama Prefecture, for a part-time job as a security guard in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward. When his father asked if there was any ...