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 ...

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

by Kazuaki Nagata

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 ...

Mabuchi worried about China fallout

| Sep 24, 2010

Mabuchi worried about China fallout

by Takahiro Fukada

Sumio Mabuchi, the new minister of land, infrastructure, transport and tourism, said he is concerned political tensions between Japan and China will seriously damage the tourism industry, which is starting to see trip cancellations, including one involving about 10,000 employees of a Chinese company. ...

Education chief takes liberal path

| Oct 9, 2009

Education chief takes liberal path

by Mariko Kato

New education minister Tatsuo Kawabata says he will give more control of schools to local governments and increase practical learning, indicating a turn away from the conservative policies of previous administrations. “The central government is there to maintain a certain level of education and ...