Furukawa says he's set to tackle high yen

| Sep 9, 2011

Furukawa says he's set to tackle high yen

by Jun Hongo

Economic and fiscal policy minister Motohisa Furukawa said Thursday he and other economy-related ministers stand united on tackling the yen’s excessive surge, with an eye on both maximizing the merits of a strong currency and helping small and midsize companies suffering from the high ...

Hachiro hints at reactor restarts

| Sep 7, 2011

Hachiro hints at reactor restarts

by Kazuaki Nagata

New Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Yoshio Hachiro hinted that some of the nuclear reactors currently undergoing stress tests will be brought back into operation before April if their safety can be confirmed. “We are expecting to get a result of the first-stage ...

Biz-friendly Kaieda bullish on TPP

| Jan 21, 2011

Biz-friendly Kaieda bullish on TPP

by Kazuaki Nagata

Joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement will not only benefit the economy, it will also show the world Japan is moving to embrace free trade, newly appointed trade minister Banri Kaieda said in a recent interview. Kaieda, who became minister of economy, trade and industry ...

Okazaki to beef up consumer agency

| Oct 7, 2010

Okazaki to beef up consumer agency

by Mizuho Aoki

Tomiko Okazaki, newly appointed National Public Safety Commission chairwoman and new state minister in charge of consumer affairs, intends to give the Consumer Affairs Agency more clout. Collaboration between the agency and the National Consumer Affairs Center of Japan and local-level consumer centers is ...