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DP leader Renho renounces Taiwanese citizenship

Democratic Party President Renho says procedures for removing her Taiwanese citizenship have been completed. The Taiwanese citizenship was officially removed as of Sept. 13, Renho said Friday. Initially, Renho, who was elected leader of Japan’s main opposition party earlier this month, said she had renounced her Taiwanese citizenship when she ...

Sep 23, 2016

Political parties used 20% less of their subsidies in 2015

Total spending of state subsidies by 10 of Japan’s political parties sank 19.8 percent to about ¥26 billion in 2015, the internal affairs ministry disclosed in a report Friday. The year-on-year drop occurred after spending on election-related expenses plunged 62.3 percent to around ¥3.3 ...

Japan's shrinking population not burden but incentive: Abe

Sep 22, 2016

Japan's shrinking population not burden but incentive: Abe

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Japan’s aging, shrinking population was not a burden, but an incentive to boost productivity through innovations like robots, wireless sensors and artificial intelligence. Abe’s comments on Wednesday came days after official data showed that Japan has 34.6 million people ...