| Apr 15, 2005

Row boils down to gas vein and a line in the sea

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Tensions over gas fields under the East China Sea are straining relations between Japan and China, arguably the two most interdependent economies in Asia. From an economic perspective, the dispute underlines Tokyo’s growing distrust of Beijing in the wake of China’s economic rise and ...

| Sep 9, 2004

Why is Japan Post going to be privatized?

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After months of government debate, the Cabinet on Friday will formally approve a plan to privatize the government-run Japan Post. Below are questions and answers regarding the privatization. Q. Why does the government want to privatize the postal system? A. The government believes the ...

| Jul 5, 2003

Interest-rate hikes: good news or bad?

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Long-term interest rates surged this week. Is it good news or bad? Here are some questions and answers: Q. What are long-term interest rates? A. Long-term interest rates Japan usually mean yields on 10-year government bonds, which are the most heavily issued and traded ...

| Jun 27, 2003

Revised fund law good for graft?

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The first hearing was held Thursday in the trial of Lower House member Takanori Sakai, who has been charged with violating the Political Funds Control Law by concealing political donations from companies. The case is drawing public attention once again to problems involving money ...

| Jun 27, 2003

Revised fund law good for graft?

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The first hearing was held Thursday in the trial of Lower House member Takanori Sakai, who has been charged with violating the Political Funds Control Law by concealing political donations from companies. The case is drawing public attention once again to problems involving money ...

| Jun 27, 2003

Revised fund law good for graft?

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The first hearing was held Thursday in the trial of Lower House member Takanori Sakai, who has been charged with violating the Political Funds Control Law by concealing political donations from companies. The case is drawing public attention once again to problems involving money ...

| Jun 14, 2003

What do 'Trinity Reforms' mean for our taxes?

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With Japan’s public debt snowballing, the government is gearing up efforts to review national and local-level finances under what has been dubbed the “Trinity Re- forms” plan. But with differences within the government still unresolved, there is little likelihood of a conclusion in the ...