Aug 20, 2014

Cabinet may top record for women

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to have at least five female ministers in his Cabinet following a reshuffle that will take place in the first week of September, according to government and ruling party sources. Abe recently told his close aides that he wants ...

Consumer minister eyes price tags amid tax hike

Apr 1, 2014

Consumer minister eyes price tags amid tax hike

Consumer affairs minister Masako Mori warned against price gouging after the consumption tax was hiked to 8 percent from 5 percent Tuesday. “The Consumer Affairs Agency will strive to ensure that prices are properly indicated and that the consumption tax is reflected (in prices) ...

Skepticism engulfs secrecy bill

Nov 30, 2013

Skepticism engulfs secrecy bill

by Ayako Mie

As Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government rammed the controversial state secrecy bill through the Lower House last week, what seemed to become evident is that even his Cabinet ministers lack a coherent understanding of the content, breeding even more skepticism among the public. Abe ...

Sep 12, 2013

Students suggest policies to increase female scientists

A group of university students on Wednesday handed the government some policy proposals for achieving its stated goal of increasing the ratio of female scientists in Japan to 30 percent by 2020. Eight science majors, including five past winners of fellowships from UNESCO and ...

Reactor restarts haunt Fukushima race

Jul 13, 2013

Reactor restarts haunt Fukushima race

Masako Mori is concerned about her party’s pledge to restart nuclear reactors in Japan. Mori is facing a bruising battle as the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s candidate for the Fukushima prefectural district in the July 21 House of Councilors election. The prefecture is home ...