Nov 17, 2016

High-income elderly in Japan urged to pay more health care costs

A Finance Ministry panel urged the government Thursday to make elderly people with higher incomes pay more for medical treatment as part of efforts to improve fiscal discipline amid Japan’s rapidly graying society. “In pursuit of restoring fiscal health, the biggest challenge is the ...

Aug 26, 2016

Japan's fiscal 2017 budget requests look to top ¥101 trillion

Budget requests by Japan’s central government offices for a new fiscal year from next April are expected to exceed ¥101 trillion ($1 trillion), government sources said Thursday. The requests for the general-account budget for fiscal 2017 will top ¥100 trillion for the third straight ...

Jun 16, 2016

Suga tells ministries to ask for more funding for tourism improvements

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga instructed government ministries Thursday to include “effective and bold” measures to lure more foreign tourists in their budget requests for fiscal 2017. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration has set a target of 40 million foreign visitors in 2020, when ...

May 31, 2016

Costs for Abe's overseas trips total ¥8.8 billion

Costs already paid for 40 of the 41 overseas trips made by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe since the launch of his second administration in December 2012 total around ¥8.77 billion, a Cabinet statement showed Tuesday. According to the statement, issued in response to a ...