Nov 21, 2014

Mayors, governors cast doubt on Abe's dissolution gambit

Mayors and governors questioned Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s dissolution of the House of Representatives on Friday, noting that the move will hamper the government’s ability to address other urgent issues, such as the need to prop up regional economies and rebuild disaster-hit areas. “Now ...

Electronic voting loses steam over glitches, cost

Aug 21, 2014

Electronic voting loses steam over glitches, cost

Electronic voting has failed to catch on at the municipal level, reflecting problems with voting machine glitches and the high cost of developing and maintaining the systems. Only three municipalities in the nation — the city of Kyoto, the city of Niimi in Okayama ...

Microsoft ends support for Windows XP

Apr 9, 2014

Microsoft ends support for Windows XP

Microsoft Corp. ended its support Wednesday for its Windows XP operating system, including security measures against viruses, and called for an early migration to newer operating systems. The company terminated its support after providing its last security update program for Windows XP and will ...

Legal authority to tow abandoned cars eyed

Feb 18, 2014

Legal authority to tow abandoned cars eyed

The government is considering legal steps to allow officials to remove abandoned cars from roads to make way for emergency vehicles, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said. Trucks and cars stranded by the heavy snowfalls over the weekend are blocking the way for snowplows, ...

Dec 24, 2013

Row brewing over plan to cut civil servants' pay

A tug of war between the central and local governments is expected to resume as the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has started studying a new approach to pay cuts for civil servants. In January, Finance Minister Taro Aso asked local governments to ...

Jul 15, 2013

'Do-shu' system details missing

As the Upper House election nears, some political parties propose setting up several administrative regions for Japan and abolishing prefectural governments.

Jul 12, 2013

'Abenomics' dark side: hinterland pay cuts

by Mayumi Otsuma

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cuts to local-government subsidies are like trying to “wring water from an old rag that’s been squeezed dry,” says Kazuya Yoshida, a 27-year municipal employee in Shijonawate, Osaka Prefecture. Abe pared payments to regional authorities by ¥392 billion, or 2.3 ...