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 ...

Mice, smog and MPs: U.K. parliament faces urgent repairs

Mar 9, 2015

Mice, smog and MPs: U.K. parliament faces urgent repairs

Behind the neo-Gothic splendor of Big Ben, Britain’s Houses of Parliament is crumbling and overrun with mice, prompting its top official to warn the building may have to be “abandoned” without urgent renovations. Leaking roofs mean members of parliament have to use waste paper ...

Mar 4, 2015

Ruling camp gives up enacting budget by April start of fiscal year

The Liberal Democratic Party-led coalition has given up on passing the budget before the new fiscal year begins on April 1, according to senior lawmakers. Until the record-high ¥96.34 trillion budget is enacted, the Abe administration will formulate a stopgap budget to cover government ...