Nov 11, 2013

Abe gets blessing to use public funds for recovery

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed Monday to accelerate Fukushima’s recovery from one of the world’s worst nuclear crises as he received a ruling bloc proposal for greater government involvement and use of taxpayer money to this end. The government is thus expected to spend ...

Abe team seeks to kill rice program by 2018

Nov 6, 2013

Abe team seeks to kill rice program by 2018

by Reiji Yoshida

The Abe administration proposed Wednesday abolishing in 2018 the decades-old government program of limiting paddy usage to keep rice prices high, a landmark policy shift that would increase competition among domestic farmers. The plan was formally unveiled during a meeting of Liberal Democratic Party ...

Nov 5, 2013

Tokuda queried over suspected election fraud

Prosecutors investigating election fraud involving the support base for Takeshi Tokuda have questioned the House of Representatives member on a voluntary basis, investigative sources said Tuesday. Monday’s questioning apparently focused on whether the 42-year-old Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker knew that the Tokushukai hospital and ...

Oct 27, 2013

LDP to seek tax money for nuke storage

The Liberal Democratic Party plans to propose that public funds be used to build and manage “temporary” storage facilities in Fukushima Prefecture for radioactive rubbish tainted by the nuclear disaster, party sources said. The move is aimed at easing pressure on the finances of ...

State role in nuclear crisis weighed

Oct 26, 2013

State role in nuclear crisis weighed

A Liberal Democratic Party team has written a draft bill that would sharply increase the government’s role in tackling the ever-increasing volumes of radioactive water at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s crippled Fukushima No. 1 power station, Jiji Press learned Wednesday. Work to deal with ...