Experienced defense hand Nakatani joins Cabinet

Dec 24, 2014

Experienced defense hand Nakatani joins Cabinet

Gen Nakatani, picked Wednesday as defense minister, is a former Self-Defense Forces officer well-versed in defense and security policy, and an advocate of expanding the range of roles Japan can play in security overseas. He was an instructor for an elite ranger unit before ...

Abbott drops defense minister during Cabinet reshuffle

Dec 21, 2014

Abbott drops defense minister during Cabinet reshuffle

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews will replace David Johnston as defense minister as he announced his first changes to the Cabinet. Josh Frydenberg becomes assistant treasurer, replacing Arthur Sinodinos, who stepped down last week. Health Minister Peter Dutton will ...

Dec 10, 2014

Winter bonuses up sharply for government employees

Japanese government workers in nonmanagerial posts received winter bonuses Wednesday, with the average amounting to ¥691,600, up ¥119,800 from a year before. The sharp increase reflects the enactment last month of a bill calling for increasing the salaries and bonuses of national civil servants ...

Abe leveraging deft personnel skills

| Dec 7, 2014

Abe leveraging deft personnel skills

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who recently made the controversial decision to call a snap election after postponing another increase in the consumption tax, has not shied away from contentious policies. The enactment of the state secrecy law and his Cabinet’s decision to allow Japan ...

Dec 3, 2014

Israeli government crumbles; new election planned

Israel’s divided government fell apart Tuesday as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired two rebellious Cabinet ministers and called for a new election more than two years ahead of schedule. Netanyahu’s announcement plunges the country into a bitter campaign that seemed unlikely just a few ...