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 ...

Nakaima cuts deal with Abe

Dec 25, 2013

Nakaima cuts deal with Abe

Tokyo agrees to launch negotiations with Washington on a new pact that would effectively revise the framework for keeping U.S. forces in Okinawa.

Defense spending hike covers pay: ministry

Dec 24, 2013

Defense spending hike covers pay: ministry

The Abe administration’s draft budget adopted Tuesday includes ¥4.88 trillion in defense spending in fiscal 2014, a 2.8 percent increase from this year. But the Finance Ministry said most of this year’s increase is a result of the termination of special temporary salary cuts ...

Impact of bigger public works budget unclear

Dec 24, 2013

Impact of bigger public works budget unclear

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s fiscal 2014 draft budget has sparked debate over whether he has significantly increased the public works budget in a major policy shift from his predecessor administrations led by the Democratic Party of Japan. Under the fiscal 2014 draft budget adopted ...

Radioactive waste: a now and forever threat?

| Dec 16, 2013

Radioactive waste: a now and forever threat?

In recent months, former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has rekindled the public debate on atomic power, drawing attention to perhaps the most critical question about its future: Is there a safe place and way to dispose of high-level radioactive waste? Koizumi lashed out at ...

| Dec 14, 2013

China's ADIZ steals show at Japan-ASEAN celebratory summit

The special session of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations that took place in Tokyo on Saturday was designed to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Japan’s diplomatic relations with the Southeast Asian countries. But media attention has been dominated on themes involving one country ...

Abe rubs elbows with ASEAN chiefs

Dec 13, 2013

Abe rubs elbows with ASEAN chiefs

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meets with the top leaders from Indonesia, Brunei, the Philippines and Singapore, expressing concerns about China's setting of a new air defense zone over the East China Sea.