Japan-China island tensions rise

| Sep 23, 2010

Japan-China island tensions rise


Tensions are growing daily over Japan’s arrest of a Chinese fishing boat captain following his ship’s collision with Japan Coast Guard vessels in the East China Sea. Both countries have openly criticized each other over the incident, and the escalating diplomatic spat has led ...

How did the missing elderly slip through the cracks?

| Sep 22, 2010

How did the missing elderly slip through the cracks?


The Justice Ministry announced this month that it can’t confirm the whereabouts of 230,000 centenarians listed in “koseki” family registers. Last month, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry estimated that pensions were being paid out to some 800 missing people aged 85 or older. ...

| Sep 11, 2010

Megabanks killed Incubator

Incubator Bank of Japan collapsed Friday after informing the government its liabilities exceeded assets by ¥180.4 billion, forcing the Financial Services Agency to implement the government deposit guarantee cap for the first time since 1971. Why did the new bank fail and why are ...

| Sep 8, 2010

For most, adoption option impractical, iffy


For couples in Japan who can’t have a child, adoption is not considered a viable option. Seiko Noda, 50, a Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker who recently announced she got pregnant by using an egg from a woman in the U.S., wrote in a magazine ...

| Sep 1, 2010

Prognosis for BOJ action poor

Following are questions and answers on the latest Bank of Japan monetary easing steps and the government’s economic stimulus plan and their likely impact on the economy: Why did the BOJ resort to further monetary easing? The BOJ acted in response to the U.S. ...

| Aug 28, 2010

Shedding light on death penalty


Justice Minister Keiko Chiba, who will probably be replaced next month because she lost her Diet seat in the July 11 Upper House election, allowed journalists for the first time Friday to enter the Tokyo Detention House’s execution chamber. Chiba, who has long been ...

| Aug 14, 2010

Why is currency sharply rising?

Here are some questions and answers on the yen’s appreciation, the feeble stock market and the effects they’re having on the economy: What is happening in the global markets? Heightened concerns about the U.S. economic outlook have triggered a flight of funds from the ...

| May 18, 2010

Referendum law in effect but no amendments eyed


Three years since its Diet passage, the national referendum law takes effect Tuesday, paving the way for amending the Constitution. The political situation has undergone drastic change since 2007, when then hawkish Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of the Liberal Democratic Party created the bill ...

| Apr 15, 2010

Financial behemoth has huge footprint


The postal system has been on the path toward privatization, but a recent Cabinet decision to double the ceiling on postal savings accounts and maintain a large government share in the postal group has turned the clock back on reform. Here are some questions ...