Jul 25, 2014

Mizuho to loan $500 million to Petrobras

Mizuho Bank plans to extend $500 million in loans to state-owned Brazilian oil firm Petrobras, informed sources said Friday. The move comes as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe leaves Friday for a five-nation Latin American tour that will include Brazil. Mizuho and Petrobras will sign ...

Jul 25, 2014

Curbs on pork imports from Mexico to be eased

The government intends to loosen restrictions on pork imports from Mexico, officials said Thursday. Imports of Mexican pork are currently limited to meat from six states in the country, following an outbreak of hog cholera there in 2000. In response to a request from ...

Jul 25, 2014

Cabinet OKs guidelines for fiscal 2015 budget

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet on Friday approved guidelines for compiling the fiscal 2015 budget and said it aimed to improve the economy and restore Japan’s fiscal health — the worst among the major industrialized countries. An estimate released earlier in the day, however, ...

Jul 24, 2014

UNDP hails Abe's drive for women

Efforts to raise Japan's dismal female presence in the workforce should generate significant economic gains, the head of the U.N. Development Program says.

Jul 24, 2014

Japan to help Brazil accelerate drug safety assessment

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to tell Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff in Brazil on Aug. 1 that Japan will provide expertise to speed up its ability to assess the safety of new drugs, a government source said Wednesday. Japan plans to offer data ...

Jul 24, 2014

Collective self-defense smokescreen

It is deplorable that Prime Minister Shinzo continues to avoid discussing the inherent dangers to Japan with regard to his Cabinet's recent reinterpretation of "collective self-defense."

Jul 24, 2014

Abe to push for stronger economic ties on Latin American trip

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be looking to strengthen economic ties with five Latin American nations, including Mexico and Brazil, during an overseas swing that starts Friday. Abe will also seek support from Latin America for Japan’s bid for a nonpermanent seat on the ...

Jul 23, 2014

Ozawa sees risk of militarism with Abe

by Linda Sieg

When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe loosened the limits of the pacifist Constitution to drop a ban on the Self-Defense Forces fighting overseas, many experts said it was a step toward becoming a “normal country” able to do more in its own defense. But Ichiro ...

Jul 21, 2014

Abe to target revitalization at regional level

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says his administration will submit a bill aimed at revitalizing regional economies during the extraordinary session of the Diet this fall. The administration will submit the first in a series of bills related to regional revitalization to the extra parliamentary ...