Feb 13, 2014

Pork-filled supplementary budget

The Diet's passage last week of a ¥5.465 trillion supplementary budget for fiscal 2013 is deceptive as it includes items that an expert panel had recommended eliminated from the fiscal 2014 budget last fall because they were deemed wasteful.

May 27, 2007

Still can't say where the money went

The Lower House Budget Committee had an intensive deliberation on the issue of money and politics last week, with the opposition concentrating on a dubious report by Agriculture Minister Toshikatsu Matsuoka’s political fund management organization. The committee scene was a re-enactment of what happened ...