| Nov 28, 2012

Noda orders new ¥880 billion stimulus

The Cabinet of Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda will approve an ¥880 billion emergency plan Friday to boost the stagnant economy, forging the second extra spending package in two months, officials said Tuesday. Since the Lower House has been dissolved for a general election, the ...

| Nov 28, 2012

DPJ platform: TPP, end of reactors

by Masami Ito

The Democratic Party of Japan unveiled on Tuesday its policy platform for the Dec. 16 Lower House election, vowing to end use of nuclear power by the 2030s and promote participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade accord. Suffering a low public support rate, the ...

| Nov 27, 2012

Nippon Ishin backpedals on policies

by Eric Johnston

Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) officials released an outline of their new platform over the weekend that contained no mention of its original promises to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade accord, get out of nuclear power by the 2030s and halve the ...

Shiga governor mulls new no-nuclear party

| Nov 27, 2012

Shiga governor mulls new no-nuclear party

Shiga Gov. Yukiko Kada is considering founding a new political party with the key goal of phasing out nuclear power, sources said Monday. Although Kada didn’t make it official when she met the press in Otsu in the afternoon, her reported move to create ...

| Nov 25, 2012

Noda, Abe plan to hold one-on-one debate

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and Liberal Democratic Party chief Shinzo Abe intend to hold a public face-to-face debate on an Internet program Thursday to clarify their policy differences before the general election, sources in the two parties said Saturday. Noda indicated his willingness to ...