Dec 18, 2014

Next year's budget expected to hit record ¥98 trillion

The general account budget for fiscal 2015 is likely to reach a record high of about ¥98 trillion, exceeding the ¥95.9 trillion initial budget for this year, Finance Ministry sources said. With Prime Minister Shinzo Abe eager to shore up the flagging economy, policy ...

Sep 11, 2014

Republicans rebuff Obama on training Syrian rebels

House Republicans have rebuffed President Barack Obama’s request for explicit approval to train and equip Syrian rebels battling forces seeking creation of an Islamic State and to spend up to $2 billion stabilizing the situation in Ukraine, Iraq and other hotspots, U.S. officials said ...

Mar 6, 2014

Consumers get the jump on tax hike

Before the consumption tax rises to 8 percent from 5 percent in April, consumers are rushing to make advance purchases of goods and services ranging from gadgets to train passes to lock in savings. The transitional measure on the tax hike allows March purchases ...

Oct 29, 2013

September jobless rate improves a bit to 4%

The unemployment rate fell a point to 4.0 percent in September, the government said Tuesday, indicating companies have become willing to hire more workers with the economy recuperating. The number of people without work fell a seasonally adjusted 3.3 percent from August to 2.63 ...