Hosono to reshape nuclear policy

| Sep 13, 2011

Hosono to reshape nuclear policy

by Setsuko Kamiya

New Environment Minister Goshi Hosono has vowed to reduce Japan’s reliance on nuclear power but has said that halted reactors that pass stringent safety tests may be restarted if the nation’s energy needs are not being met. The 40-year-old Hosono, who is doubling as ...

Maeda eyes Eco-point plan to revive Tohoku

| Sep 13, 2011

Maeda eyes Eco-point plan to revive Tohoku

by Mizuho Aoki

New transport minister Takeshi Maeda says he wants to bring back the Housing Eco-point incentive system to achieve low-carbon, sustainable cities in the quake- and tsunami-hit Tohoku region. During an interview with The Japan Times and other media organizations Thursday, Maeda said he wants ...

Fujimura eyes review of national strategy

| Sep 10, 2011

Fujimura eyes review of national strategy

by Masami Ito

New Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura said Friday the government is planning to set up a panel to discuss a comprehensive national strategy, including the controversial right of collective self-defense and the ban on arms exports. “We are imagining a high-level panel to discuss ...

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 ...