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Dec 25, 2014

Corporate tax break for exiting Tokyo worries Masuzoe

Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe is concerned about the central government’s proposal to offer tax breaks to companies that move their headquarters out of the capital and other big cities. “I wonder if lower corporate tax rates are an effective incentive for companies to relocate ...

Dec 25, 2014

METI may seek to replace aging reactors despite Abe pledge

As the Abe administration strives to revive the nuclear power sector, stalled since the March 2011 Fukushima crisis, an interim report by an industry ministry committee on energy policy has suggested that the construction of new reactors to replace units that are too old ...

Christmas in Japan 2014

Dec 25, 2014

Christmas in Japan 2014

At first glance, the Christmas trees and illuminations might look familiar, but a few holiday traditions are undoubtably unique to Japan. Here are a few examples from social media.

Dec 25, 2014

Nye suggests rotating U.S. forces in Japan around SDF bases

U.S. military units should rotate around and jointly use Self-Defense Forces bases across Japan to reduce the conventional emphasis on multiple fixed American bases across the country, says Joseph Nye, a former U.S. assistant secretary of defense. “We should place less emphasis on having ...