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 ...

Abe leveraging deft personnel skills

| Dec 7, 2014

Abe leveraging deft personnel skills

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who recently made the controversial decision to call a snap election after postponing another increase in the consumption tax, has not shied away from contentious policies. The enactment of the state secrecy law and his Cabinet’s decision to allow Japan ...

Dec 3, 2014

Israeli government crumbles; new election planned

Israel’s divided government fell apart Tuesday as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired two rebellious Cabinet ministers and called for a new election more than two years ahead of schedule. Netanyahu’s announcement plunges the country into a bitter campaign that seemed unlikely just a few ...

Obama cancels campaign trip to focus on Ebola

Oct 16, 2014

Obama cancels campaign trip to focus on Ebola

President Barack Obama abruptly canceled a planned campaign trip Wednesday and planned to convene his Cabinet at the White House instead, as U.S. officials grappled with the widening Ebola crisis. The White House said Obama’s trip to New Jersey and Connecticut would be postponed ...