Nov 27, 2015

Abe orders extra budget drafted to boost welfare, agriculture

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday instructed his Cabinet to compile an extra budget for fiscal 2015 to bolster welfare services and improve the competitiveness of the farm sector. The supplementary budget for fiscal 2015 ending March 31 is likely to be worth more ...

Nov 24, 2015

Minimum wage to go up 3 percent to boost consumption

The Abe administration will raise the minimum wage by 3 percent each year starting next fiscal year as part of a package of policies aimed at strengthening consumer spending and stoking economic growth. The administration will also strengthen policies to get more women into ...

Election wins energize Osaka Ishin

Nov 23, 2015

Election wins energize Osaka Ishin


The landslide victories scored Sunday by Osaka Ishin no Kai (One Osaka) in the gubernatorial and mayoral elections give its new national counterpart a strong advantage in recruiting for next summer's Upper House election and have the establishment parties on their heels.