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 ...

May 3, 2016

Tobacco tax hike to add billions to Australia's coffers

Smokers in Australia could pay approximately $40 Australian dollars ($30) for a pack of cigarettes from 2020, under revenue-boosting budget measures announced Tuesday. The cost of cigarettes will rise 12.5 percent every year, starting from 2017, with a packet currently costing around AU$25, according ...

Apr 27, 2016

Cabinet to allocate funds for reconstruction in Kyushu

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday his Cabinet will approve a supplementary budget next month to help Kyushu overcome the damage caused by twin earthquakes this month. Abe told a meeting with business leaders from Kyushu that the Cabinet aims to approve the budget ...

Apr 25, 2016

Emergency subsidies OK'd for rebuilding in quake-hit Kyushu

The government on Monday designated the series of powerful earthquakes that have rocked Kyushu as a disaster of “extreme severity,” paving the way for affected communities to receive increased subsidies for recovery efforts. The designation allows the central government to offer additional financial assistance ...