Indonesia vote to set governor on course for presidency

Apr 9, 2014

Indonesia vote to set governor on course for presidency

Indonesia’s main opposition party was on course to win most votes Wednesday in parliamentary elections and strengthen the chances of its popular candidate, Jakarta Gov. Joko Widodo, in an upcoming presidential poll. The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) had around 19 percent of ...

Jan 1, 2014

Bank of Japan likely to maintain easing policy, chief says

Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda indicated the central bank will keep intact its current monetary easing policy in 2014 with prospects that the economy will continue to recover despite possible adverse impact from the consumption tax hike in April. In a recent interview, ...

Dec 13, 2013

Nakaima to decide base landfill before end of month

Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima said Friday he plans to decide by the end of December whether to approve the start of work to fill in areas off the Henoko coast in the city of Nago for building an airstrip to replace U.S. Marine Corps ...

Inose apologizes to cantankerous assembly

Nov 29, 2013

Inose apologizes to cantankerous assembly

by Masaaki Kameda

Embattled Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose apologized Friday for “causing concerns and troubles” among Tokyo citizens over a money scandal but refused to step down. Inose attended a metropolitan assembly session for the first time since the scandal involving an alleged ¥50 million loan from ...

Nov 11, 2013

Hiroshima poll returns governor for second term

Hiroshima Gov. Hidehiko Yuzaki won a second four-year term Sunday, defeating a Communist challenger by a large margin. Yuzaki, 48, ran as an independent with the backing of the Liberal Democratic Party, New Komeito and the Democratic Party of Japan. His challenger was Osamu ...

Nov 10, 2013

Hiroshima Gov. Yuzaki cruises toward re-election

Hiroshima Gov. Hidehiko Yuzaki was assured a second four-year term in prefecture’s gubernatorial election Sunday, defeating an independent challenger, exit polls showed. The 48-year-old governor was running as an independent with the backing of the Liberal Democratic Party, New Komeito and the Democratic Party ...

Diet set to approve BOJ nominees

Mar 7, 2013

Diet set to approve BOJ nominees

The Diet is expected to approve the government’s nominees for Bank of Japan governor and its two deputy governor posts, with the largest opposition party set to give the nod for Asian Development Bank President Haruhiko Kuroda to head the central bank, lawmakers said ...

Feb 8, 2013

Lawmakers huddle to revise BOJ Law

by Ayako Mie

Like-minded lawmakers across party lines have kicked off discussions toward amending the Bank of Japan Law to effectively lessen the central bank’s independence and hold it more accountable for its monetary policy. “The 1998 BOJ Law gave the bank too much independence and freedom, ...