Noda skips Davos to tackle reforms

Kyodo

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda will not attend an annual meeting of the World Economic Forum that starts Jan. 25 in Davos, Switzerland, and instead will focus on domestic affairs ahead of the Diet session that convenes Jan. 24, government sources said.

A Cabinet member is expected to attend the meeting on behalf of Noda, who will address challenges including reform of the tax and social security systems and take part in Diet debate over the fourth extra budget for the current fiscal year, the sources said.