Aug 28, 2015

Dearth of competition in the LDP

The dearth of any challenge to Shinzo Abe's leadership from within the LDP is disappointing given that many of his key policies are being questioned by the public.

Aug 25, 2015

Farm ministry to request 14.8% rise in 2016 budget

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries will seek ¥2.65 trillion in its budget request for fiscal 2016, up 14.8 percent from its initial budget for the previous year, according to informed sources. For the year starting next April, the ministry will request ¥458.8 ...

Aug 22, 2015

Industry ministry to seek ¥116 billion to promote innovation

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry plans to request ¥116.6 billion for projects to promote innovation under the government’s fiscal 2016 budget, more than 2½ times the amount earmarked under the 2015 budget, it was learned Friday. Among such projects are those to ...

Aug 22, 2015

LDP calls for maximum use of renewable energy

A panel of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party released a report Friday calling on the government to aim to introduce the maximum possible amount of renewable energy sources, including solar and wind power. They are “important low-carbon domestically made energy sources,” the panel said. ...