Oct 5, 2006

U.S. beef hard sell as concern lingers, Aussies fill void

Michal Small has been waiting eagerly for the return of U.S. beef to Japan, but it seems the American will have to wait a while longer before the Roppongi Hills restaurants she frequents start serving the fare again. “I think American beef is absolutely ...

Trade chief hopes oil projects work out

| Sep 30, 2006

Trade chief hopes oil projects work out

Japan hopes to continue talks with Iran on tapping the Azadegan oil field beyond the Saturday deadline set by Tehran for the nation’s participation, new Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Akira Amari says. “I don’t believe Iran is really willing to stop talks ...

Omi defends shelving sales tax hike talk

| Sep 29, 2006

Omi defends shelving sales tax hike talk

The new finance minister’s statement Wednesday that discussion to raise the consumption tax will only begin next fall has sparked speculation that he will not carry out the last administration’s long-term plans to cut the debt and that it’s a ploy for his party ...

Sep 15, 2006

Poor would lose more in tax hike: economist

Although the government has little choice but to raise the consumption tax to reduce Japan’s mountain of debt, any increase is likely to hit the poor the hardest, an economist at a major think tank warned Thursday. “A rise in the consumption tax has ...

Fans, patients, shop owners weigh in on Imperial birth

Sep 7, 2006

Fans, patients, shop owners weigh in on Imperial birth

Amid heavy security Wednesday, the media, Imperial enthusiasts and well-wishers swarmed to prestigious Aiiku Hospital in Minato Ward, Tokyo, during the wee hours to wait for Princess Kiko to give birth. Expectant mother Asami Yamamoto, 27, said she was happy to hear that the ...

Question of next prime minister still taxing issue

Sep 6, 2006

Question of next prime minister still taxing issue

Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi succeeded in shrinking the political pork barrel by privatizing the powerful post office monopoly and weaning politicians from their heavy reliance on public works to boost the economy. But he also postponed some crucial tasks, such as reforming the social ...

Sep 6, 2006

Tax panel scraps report that takes Tanigaki's tack

Ignoring the objections of some members, the government’s Tax Commission canceled publication of a midterm report on tax issues for the first time since the tax panel was launched in the late 1950s, admitting Tuesday the decision was influenced by political considerations. This version ...

Pioneer for women seeks home for peace dolls

Aug 18, 2006

Pioneer for women seeks home for peace dolls

One of the nation’s first female lawmakers is working on what she says will be her last project: a museum for dolls sent to Japan from over 50 countries in support of world peace. “The most important task for me now is to create ...