May 21, 2015

Bill to reform gas, electricity markets passes Lower House

The House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday to require utilities to segregate their power generation and transmission operations by April 2020. The bill, which won support mainly from the ruling coalition, was sent to the House of Councilors, the upper chamber. The measure ...

Mar 1, 2015

Bank groups might get OK to start new businesses via subsidiaries

The Financial Services Agency is considering deregulation that could make it easier for banking groups to start new financial services through subsidiaries, sources said. By relaxing the rules governing financial holding companies, the FSA aims to encourage them to enter new finance-related businesses by ...

Oct 21, 2014

New power industry alliances

The comprehensive alliance struck between Tokyo Electric Power Co. and Chubu Electric Power Co. in their thermal power generation business raises expectations of a further shakeup in the power industry ahead of the full liberalization of the retail sale of electricity in 2016.

Aug 14, 2014

Stagflation stalks 'Abenomics' as pattern sets in

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Maybe it’s time to stop dismissing the risk of stagflation in Japan. I’ve raised this risk a couple of times during the last 12 months as inflation rose without commensurate increases in wages or productivity. But Tuesday’s ugly gross domestic product report suggest it’s ...

| Jun 13, 2014

Details of JA-Zenchu reform left unclear

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Will the core entity of Japan’s monster agricultural conglomerate survive mounting public criticism of its huge vested interests? That question remained unanswered Friday as a deregulation panel submitted a policy recommendation to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that includes a call to reform the Central ...

Jun 11, 2014

Households free to choose power supplier

The Diet on Wednesday enacted legislation to end the grip regional monopolies have held for 60 years on the household electricity market by opening it up to greater competition. The move is expected to revolutionize the ¥7.5 trillion market for households and other small ...