Indonesia names controversial ex-general as security chief

Jul 27, 2016

Indonesia names controversial ex-general as security chief

A controversial former military chief accused of atrocities during Indonesia’s brutal occupation of East Timor was appointed top security minister Wednesday, with activists calling it a step backward for human rights. Wiranto, named to the powerful post in a Cabinet reshuffle, was among senior ...

Mar 4, 2016

New Tohoku reconstruction plan approved by panel

An expert panel on Friday approved a draft new policy for the reconstruction of areas in Tohoku damaged by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The panel, headed by University of Tokyo professor Motoshige Ito, received the policy the same day. It includes a ...

Nov 27, 2015

Abe orders extra budget drafted to boost welfare, agriculture

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday instructed his Cabinet to compile an extra budget for fiscal 2015 to bolster welfare services and improve the competitiveness of the farm sector. The supplementary budget for fiscal 2015 ending March 31 is likely to be worth more ...