Sep 12, 2014

Raise wages, not party donations

The Japan Business Federation's decision to resume urging roughly 1,300 member companies to make political donations is aimed at rebuilding the influence of the nation's largest business lobby on the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. Critics of that tack say raising wages and boosting investments ...

Aug 30, 2014

Keidanren chief Sakakibara may be tapped for key policy panel

Sadayuki Sakakibara is likely to become the first Keidanren chief to sit on the government’s top economic policy panel in six years, sources close to the matter said. The head of Japan’s most powerful business lobby is likely to be tapped as a private-sector ...

Jul 20, 2014

Abe to offer Rousseff offshore oil know-how

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff are expected to discuss how Japanese technology can help the Latin American country to build a massive offshore logistics hub for deep-sea oil field development, according to a draft of a statement to be released ...

The thrill of the job won't pay the rent

| Jun 14, 2014

The thrill of the job won't pay the rent

by Philip Brasor

“If your work isn’t what you love, then something isn’t right.” — Talking Heads Last January, NHK’s nightly in-depth news series, “Closeup Gendai,” ran a feature about the practice of “poeticizing” (poemu-ka) the harsher aspects of life. It’s not a trend that’s easy to ...

With eye on corporate tax cut, Keidanren OKs new chief

Jun 3, 2014

With eye on corporate tax cut, Keidanren OKs new chief

Keidanren appointed Sadayuki Sakakibara as the new chairman of the country’s most powerful business lobby on Tuesday. The business lobby, also known as the Japan Business Federation, approved the nomination of Sakakibara, chairman of fiber and textile maker Toray Industries Inc., at a general ...

May 29, 2014

Flurry of contacts with China takes positive swing toward commerce

Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao and the head of the Keidanren business lobby agreed Wednesday to expand bilateral economic cooperation despite continuing political tensions. “Although China and Japan are currently fighting about historical issues” and over which country controls a group of islands in ...

May 4, 2014

A call for more female execs

The influential Keidanren business lobby asks member firms to compile plans for promoting women to executive posts so it can put them on its website.