Jan 18, 2016

LDP puts off legalizing casinos in Japan

The Liberal Democratic Party has decided not to seek passage of a bill to legalize casino operations during this Diet session because coalition partner Komeito remains cautious on gambling. The LDP appears to be eager to avoid a conflict with Komeito, backed by the ...

Jan 4, 2016

Diet handed ¥3.3 trillion budget plan

The Japanese government submitted to the Diet on Monday a supplementary budget plan for fiscal 2015 calling for additional general-account expenditures of ¥3.321 trillion. The extra budget will boost the total size of Japan’s general-account expenditures for the current year ending in March to ...

Dec 15, 2015

Regular Diet session to convene Jan. 4

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet on Tuesday approved a plan to convene the Diet on Jan. 4 for a 150-day regular session. “To appropriately respond to challenges (facing the nation), we will compile a fiscal 2015 supplementary budget and a fiscal 2016 budget and ...

Dec 10, 2015

Ex-Prime Minister Koizumi slams Abe's 'forceful' approach

Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has criticized incumbent Shinzo Abe’s political stance, calling it “forceful” in an interview with a monthly magazine that hit newsstands Thursday. “He always gets things done forcefully,” Koizumi argued. “He appears to be in a rush.” Referring to the ...