Jan 21, 2015

Komura says Tokyo will not meet Islamic State's demands

Masahiko Komura, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s vice president, said Wednesday that Japan will not comply with the Islamic State’s ransom demand, after the militant group threatened to kill two Japanese it is holding hostage. “Withdrawal of the humanitarian support is out of the ...

Jan 13, 2015

Major revamp planned for national health insurance program

The Abe administration has decided on a plan to overhaul the national medical insurance system, in part by shifting responsibility from municipal to prefectural governments. Many small municipal-level insurance unions currently operate in the red. The reform, which is to take effect in 2018, ...

Dec 27, 2014

Ruling camps to exempt renewable energy-related funds from gift tax

The ruling coalition is in final discussions on eliminating the gift tax on money given by parents and grandparents to their children or grandchildren for purchases of solar panels and other renewable energy equipment, informed sources said Saturday. With the ceiling set at ¥5 ...