Toshiaki Endo appointed Olympics minister

Jun 25, 2015

Toshiaki Endo appointed Olympics minister

by Shusuke Murai

Toshiaki Endo, a former rugby player who has abundant experience in sports-related organizations, was appointed Thursday as new minister in charge of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympics. The 65-year-old, who is also a former vice sports minister, said that he is ready to ...

Mar 17, 2015

Cabinet members to advise foreign firms investing in Japan

The Abe administration has decided to let Cabinet members directly support foreign companies making large investment in Japan, in a rare move aimed at luring more capital from abroad to help revive the economy. Under the plan, senior vice ministers as well as parliamentary ...

Feb 13, 2015

Ruling bloc parties explore positions on defense

by Mizuho Aoki

The Liberal Democratic Party-Komeito ruling coalition kicked off formal discussions Friday on security legislation that would expand the range of missions the Self-Defense Forces could be deployed on. The weekly talks are expected to be tough. Komeito is reluctant to loosen legal restrictions on ...

Feb 13, 2015

SDF dispatches by phone likely on path to approval

The Liberal Democratic Party-Komeito ruling bloc is expected to agree that the Cabinet should be allowed to approve Self-Defense Forces deployments by phone to speed up responses to “gray zone” national security incidents, a senior source in the administration said. With Prime Minister Shinzo ...