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Nov 21, 2014

LDP, Komeito each finalize emergency stimulus package

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its junior partner, Komeito, have finalized their respective emergency economic stimulus packages, both centering on steps to bolster domestic demand that has been sluggish since the April 1 consumption tax hike. The packages include measures to invigorate regional ...

Nov 20, 2014

Ex-minister Makiko Tanaka won't run in snap election

Another prominent political figure is bowing out ahead of the snap election next month: Former education minister Makiko Tanaka will not run for office, sources said Thursday. The 70-year-old daughter of late Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka failed to win a seat in the Lower ...

Japan, ASEAN hold regional security talks in Myanmar

Nov 20, 2014

Japan, ASEAN hold regional security talks in Myanmar

Defense Minister Akinori Eto on Wednesday discussed cooperation in maritime security, humanitarian aid and disaster relief with Southeast Asian counterparts at a meeting in Myanmar. The gathering in Bagan, central Myanmar, was the first of its kind to boost security ties between Tokyo and ...

Nov 20, 2014

Two Your Party lawmakers apply to join DPJ

Two House of Representatives lawmakers from Your Party applied Thursday to join the Democratic Party of Japan, the nation’s largest opposition party, a day after the smaller group decided to disband. The DPJ will make arrangements to allow Koichi Yamauchi and Katsuhito Nakajima to ...