Biz-friendly Kaieda bullish on TPP

| Jan 21, 2011

Biz-friendly Kaieda bullish on TPP

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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

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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 ...

Specialized bonds may be helpful: Kaieda

| Sep 30, 2010

Specialized bonds may be helpful: Kaieda

New economic and fiscal policy minister Banri Kaieda is suggesting construction bonds might be issued to finance an extra budget if the money can be used on “efficient” public works projects. The projects could be seen as “effective economic steps,” Kaieda said in a ...

Corporate tax cut, EPAs key: Ohata

| Sep 26, 2010

Corporate tax cut, EPAs key: Ohata

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Newly appointed Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Akihiro Ohata believes Japan needs to pull out all the stops to boost its economy, including drafting an extra budget, lowering corporate tax and forging more economic partnership agreements with other countries. “Just as our economy was ...