Dec 10, 2014

Winter bonuses up sharply for government employees

Japanese government workers in nonmanagerial posts received winter bonuses Wednesday, with the average amounting to ¥691,600, up ¥119,800 from a year before. The sharp increase reflects the enactment last month of a bill calling for increasing the salaries and bonuses of national civil servants ...

Dec 9, 2014

Japan now at a crossroads

by Hazel Henderson

Japan has the opportunity in the Dec. 14 election to break away from its past obsession with measuring GDP growth. Voters can change the national scorecard to a system-wide view of infrastructural assets and quality of life.

'Abenomics' in the spotlight

Dec 9, 2014

'Abenomics' in the spotlight

by Takamitsu Sawa

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe blames the opposition camp for criticizing "Abenomics" without presenting lternatives. But finding a way to put today's economy on a virtuous circle is akin to trying to create something out of nothing.