Aug 31, 2015

Foreign Ministry seeks funding for eight new missions

The Foreign Ministry on Monday requested a 10.4 percent rise in its budget for fiscal 2016, partly to fund the opening of eight new diplomatic missions abroad. To bolster Japan’s diplomatic clout, the ministry’s request of ¥756.8 billion includes establishing embassies in four countries ...

Aug 28, 2015

NPA seeks funds to jam, capture drones

The National Police Agency plans to procure equipment to prevent drones from intruding into key facilities, including devices to send jamming signals and nets to capture unmanned aircraft, sources said Thursday. The NPA has included some ¥400 million in its budget request for fiscal ...

Jun 1, 2015

Fiscal council tells Aso to tame spending

An advisory panel to Finance Minister Taro Aso warned in a report Monday that a proposed government fiscal reform plan that relies excessively on a revenue increase derived from economic growth is “too optimistic.” The panel called on the government to improve fiscal health ...