| Oct 25, 2014

Abe downsized, comfort women reprised

by Jeff Kingston

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe now understands why political gurus say that a week is a short time in politics. Last week, I speculated about why Abe remains popular despite promoting policies that most people oppose. But even before two of his Cabinet ministers submitted ...

Oct 24, 2014

Give Abe a break on 'womenomics'

by Noah Smith

What matters for Japan — after two female ministers resigned this week from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet — is not the number of women in the Cabinet, but whether Japanese women get good jobs en masse.

Oct 21, 2014

Abe to gather expert opinions on next sales tax hike

The government will hold a string of meetings with experts in November to discuss the possible effects of raising the consumption tax to 10 percent in October 2015. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will use opinions gathered in these meetings as a reference for making ...

Oct 20, 2014

Japan's top security official to visit S. Korea for talks

Japan’s top security official will make a two-day visit to Seoul for talks with South Korea’s top presidential aide for national security, both governments said Monday. Shotaro Yachi, national security adviser to the Cabinet, is expected to explain Japan’s stance on security policy in ...

Oct 20, 2014

GPIF to boost share allocation to about 25%, Nikkei reports

Japan’s $1.2 trillion retirement fund will increase its allocation target for shares to about 25 percent from 12 percent, the Nikkei newspaper reported without attribution. The Government Pension Investment Fund will also boost its holdings of foreign bonds and stocks to about a combined ...