/ Jan 31, 2017

Diet enacts extra budget for disaster relief and defense

The Diet has enacted an extra budget worth ¥622.5 billion for fiscal 2016 through March to provide disaster relief and increase defense spending. The third supplementary budget for the current fiscal year includes ¥195.5 billion for areas hit by powerful typhoons and earthquakes in ...

Jan 26, 2017

On casinos, Osaka moves forward as Yokohama steps back


As a Liberal Democratic Party team tasked with recommending policies for casino resorts met this week, leaders in Osaka and Yokohama displayed opposite reactions to the prospect of hosting such facilities. On Wednesday, an LDP group began discussing a blueprint for the construction and ...

Diet members to begin discussing abdication law for Emperor

/ Jan 17, 2017

Diet members to begin discussing abdication law for Emperor

Members of both Diet chambers will soon begin discussions on possible legislation enabling Emperor Akihito to abdicate despite a range of differing opinions across the party spectrum, according to the speaker of the Lower House. Representatives of the parties will meet Thursday to exchange ...