Abe top globetrotter in Japan-is-back blitz

Jul 29, 2014

Abe top globetrotter in Japan-is-back blitz

If it’s Monday, it must be Trinidad & Tobago. That’s what Prime Minister Shinzo Abe could have said as he woke up Monday in Port of Spain, the Caribbean country’s capital. By this time next week Abe will have visited 47 nations since taking ...

Jul 25, 2014

Cabinet OKs guidelines for fiscal 2015 budget

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet on Friday approved guidelines for compiling the fiscal 2015 budget and said it aimed to improve the economy and restore Japan’s fiscal health — the worst among the major industrialized countries. An estimate released earlier in the day, however, ...

Jul 24, 2014

UNDP hails Abe's drive for women

Efforts to raise Japan's dismal female presence in the workforce should generate significant economic gains, the head of the U.N. Development Program says.

Jul 20, 2014

Number of women in senior government posts inches up

The number of women assigned to bureau director general and higher posts in the government has risen to 15 from eight so far this summer. Among these appointees, Kumiko Bando, deputy minister of education, culture, sports, science and technology, was elevated to secretary-general of ...

| Jul 19, 2014

Modi's upcoming Japan visit signals closer ties

by Jeff Kingston

India’s newly elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi is coming to Tokyo in August to meet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, signaling closer bilateral ties infused by personal chemistry and shared values. The Namo-Shinzo show will be an elaborately choreographed red-carpet extravaganza to highlight the ...

Ministries tussle over female recruits

Jul 15, 2014

Ministries tussle over female recruits

by Toru Ichikawa

Recruiters at central government offices have wound up a particularly hectic hiring season this year as they were faced with a new challenge — a tug of war over the best and the brightest female candidates to fulfill Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s order to ...

BOJ expected to tweak economic estimates during policy meeting

Jul 14, 2014

BOJ expected to tweak economic estimates during policy meeting

The Bank of Japan on Monday began a two-day policy meeting to review its growth and inflation forecasts for moderate economic expansion despite the April consumption tax hike. Financial market participants also expect the Policy Board to maintain the BOJ’s ultraloose monetary policy to ...