Nov 21, 2014

LDP, Komeito each finalize emergency stimulus package

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its junior partner, Komeito, have finalized their respective emergency economic stimulus packages, both centering on steps to bolster domestic demand that has been sluggish since the April 1 consumption tax hike. The packages include measures to invigorate regional ...

Abe's election decision met with anger in disaster-hit communities

Nov 19, 2014

Abe's election decision met with anger in disaster-hit communities

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s decision to dissolve the House of Representatives for a snap election was met with anger in communities affected by the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear disaster. Many people in the affected areas are concerned about a further delay ...

Nov 19, 2014

Businesses have mixed reaction to putting off sales tax hike

The business community voiced mixed reactions Tuesday to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s decision to delay the next consumption tax hike and call a snap election for the Lower House. “We were concerned about slowing consumption,” an official at a restaurant chain said, welcoming Abe’s ...

Hong Kong court gives order to evict demonstrators

Nov 17, 2014

Hong Kong court gives order to evict demonstrators

A Hong Kong court notice ordering the eviction of democracy demonstrators from parts of the main protest site they have occupied for seven weeks has been published in leading newspapers, the first such public circular that empowers authorities to clear rally sites. Protesters have ...

Nov 17, 2014

Tokihiro Nakamura wins second term as Ehime governor

Tokihiro Nakamura was re-elected governor of Ehime Prefecture on Sunday, defeating a challenger backed by the Japanese Communist Party to secure a second four-year term. The focus of the campaign was limited to Nakamura’s handling of prefectural affairs. Regarding the potential restart of Shikoku ...

Scottish independence party names new leader

Nov 15, 2014

Scottish independence party names new leader

Scotland’s ruling Scottish National Party (SNP) on Friday crowned a new leader who vowed to continue the fight for independence, despite defeat in September’s referendum. First Minister Alex Salmond quit after the September ballot, in which 55 percent of voters said “No” to leaving ...