Apr 8, 2015

Kono-led trade delegation to visit China from Sunday

A delegation of Japan’s Association for the Promotion of International Trade headed by former Lower House speaker Yohei Kono will visit China starting Sunday, a diplomatic source said Tuesday. The delegation hopes to meet with a representative of the Chinese Communist Party’s seven-member Politburo ...

Cambodia inaugurates Japan-funded bridge across Mekong River

Apr 6, 2015

Cambodia inaugurates Japan-funded bridge across Mekong River

Cambodia on Monday inaugurated the Japan-funded Tsubasa Bridge across the Mekong River. During the opening ceremony in Neak Loeung, about 60 km east of Phnom Penh, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen thanked Japan for its assistance. “Long live the friendship between Cambodia and Japan,” ...

LDP to install 'puri-kura' machine at party headquarters

Apr 6, 2015

LDP to install 'puri-kura' machine at party headquarters

For the Japanese political junkie who has everything, the party of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is offering the perfect gift — a small sticky-back selfie with the bouffant party leader. Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party, the establishment choice for graying conservatives over several generations, is ...

Apr 4, 2015

Unions at 90% of small firms win average ¥1,900 monthly pay hike

About 90 percent of labor unions at small and midsize manufacturers won pay scale increases in this year’s shunto spring wage negotiations, an umbrella organization said. Of the 132 labor unions that received responses from management to their wage increase requests, 118 unions, or ...

Fund in the works to reduce child poverty

Apr 3, 2015

Fund in the works to reduce child poverty

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced a fund to help alleviate child poverty Thursday, in a country where one in six children is classified as poor. The move follows a law passed by the Diet last year aimed at tackling an issue that critics say ...