Southern All Stars take swipe at Abe

Jan 7, 2015

Southern All Stars take swipe at Abe

by Reiji Yoshida

Shinzo Abe appeared to be in a good mood at Yokohama Arena on the night of Dec. 28. Dressed in a casual gray sweater and black trousers, the 60-year-old prime minister and his wife, Akie, were taking in a performance by the Southern All ...

Abe again pushes for higher wages for sake of economy

Jan 6, 2015

Abe again pushes for higher wages for sake of economy

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe once again on Tuesday urged business leaders to raise wages this year to help get the economy out of more than a decade of deflation. Speaking at a New Year’s celebration organized by three major business lobby groups, Abe said ...

Jan 6, 2015

Israel approves plan to strengthen economic links with Japan

The Israeli Cabinet has approved a plan to expand economic relations and cooperation with Japan that calls for a 45 percent rise in Japanese tourists by 2017 and a 50 percent increase in Japan-bound exports to $1.1 billion per year by 2020. Prime Minister ...

Jan 5, 2015

Untimely stimulus package

If Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to tame the negative impact of the weak yen, he should try reining in the excessive monetary easing by the central bank instead of drawing up a stimulus package worth trillions of yen.

Dec 31, 2014

A watershed year for Japan

Japan is at a crossroads in many ways as the nation greets the 70th year since it set out on the path of rebuilding after its defeat in World War II.