Jul 11, 2014

Japanese firms near crisis point as labor shortage deepens

Japan’s labour shortage is nearing crisis in some key industries as it spreads from construction to services, curbing companies’ operations, pushing up wages and potentially crimping a tentative recovery in the world’s third-largest economy. Airlines, retailers, truckers and restaurant chains are being forced to ...

Tax hike, Crimea cloud economy

| Mar 29, 2014

Tax hike, Crimea cloud economy

The first sales tax hike in 17 years and the ongoing geopolitical crisis over Crimea could turn into a double-whammy for Japan's fragile economic revival.

Mar 15, 2014

Abe's denial of sex slave review finds favor in U.S.

The United States welcomes Prime Minister Shizno Abe’s clarification in a Diet session Friday that he will not abandon the 1993 Kono statement apologizing for wartime sex slaves, a U.S. State Department spokesman said. “We welcome Prime Minister Abe’s statements in the Diet . ...

Mar 6, 2014

Ishiba: Asia needs body like NATO

Japan should aim to create a multilateral security alliance in Asia similar to NATO to help counterbalance China's ongoing military buildup, Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Shigeru Ishiba says.

Mar 6, 2014

Ambassador Kennedy urges Japan, South Korea to mend ties

U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy on Thursday called on Japan and South Korea to mend their soured relations over a territorial dispute and different perceptions of history. “I think that the two countries really should and will take a lead in this process, ...

'Abenomics' no help to breweries

Feb 24, 2014

'Abenomics' no help to breweries

While Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s policies help manufacturers such as Toyota Motor Corp. rack up record profits, challenges to his reforms are showing up in a more mundane spot: the outlook for beer. Brewers in Japan face an April sales tax increase, stagnant wages ...

Jan 10, 2014

Oman hears Abe vow to seek regional calm

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, meeting Thursday night with Omani Sultan Qaboos bin Said, pledged redoubled efforts by Japan to help make the Middle East more stable. Explaining his policy to make Japan a “proactive” contributor to world peace, Abe said he will beef up ...

Sep 18, 2013

Mr. Abe's ominous defense moves

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's approach to changing the government's traditional position on the right to collective self-defense undermines the foundation of Japanese democracy.