Graft charges against Amari and his aides dropped

May 31, 2016

Graft charges against Amari and his aides dropped

Prosecutors on Tuesday dropped graft charges against former economy minister Akira Amari and his two former secretaries over alleged graft, citing insufficient evidence. Amari has been facing allegations that he received money in return for doing favors for a construction company, which led him ...

May 24, 2016

Abe's promised new policy direction

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's new plan to "promote the dynamic engagement of all citizens" falls short when it comes to specifics on how it will achieve its ambitious goals.

May 23, 2016

Pro-Abenomics LDP group urges Abe to proceed with tax hike

A group of lawmakers in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party is urging Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to go ahead with the second stage of the consumption tax hike in April 2017, and implement economic stimulus worth ¥15 trillion to ¥20 trillion by compiling a ...

May 18, 2016

Economic growth remains fragile

The nation’s economy has escaped a back-to-back quarterly decline, as shown by the preliminary data for the January-March period — which has been closely watched as a possible clue to whether Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will go ahead with the consumption tax hike in ...