Dec 15, 2014

Abe's mandate by default

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should not take his Liberal Democratic Party's widely predicted big wins in the Lower House election on Sunday as carte blanche from voters to run his administration exactly as he wishes.

With election over, Abe ready to boost reactor restarts

Dec 15, 2014

With election over, Abe ready to boost reactor restarts

With the Liberal Democratic Party’s sweeping election victory Sunday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to increase his efforts to revive nuclear power despite persistent public opposition. Although polls show that most people are against restarting reactors idled following the 2011 Fukushima crisis, Abe ...

Dec 15, 2014

Tankan' shows manufacturers' confidence is waning

Confidence among large manufacturers declined in the fourth quarter as the recession offset a boost from the weaker yen, the Bank of Japan’s “tankan” survey showed Monday, underlining the economic challenges for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after his electoral victory. The tankan index of ...

Slumbering official delays vote in Yamaguchi

Dec 14, 2014

Slumbering official delays vote in Yamaguchi

Voting for the House of Representatives election got off to a late start at a polling station in Yamaguchi on Sunday after a city employee in charge of ballot documents overslept. At least seven people waiting for the station to open went home without ...