May 25, 2015

Japan lays 2,498 unidentified war dead to rest

The remains of 2,498 unidentified soldiers who died fighting for Japan during World War II were laid to rest in a memorial service Monday at Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery in Tokyo. The remains were brought home by the government and other groups from places including ...

Jan 22, 2015

GPIF governance overhaul almost complete, minister says

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The Government Pension Investment Fund is closing in on completing a governance overhaul, said the minister in charge of the $1.1 trillion retirement pool. A ministry pension panel formed to decide the fund’s leadership structure will make recommendations on Friday, said Health, Labor and ...

Oct 28, 2014

Shiozaki apologizes to plaintiffs in asbestos suits

Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Yasuhisa Shiozaki has apologized to the plaintiffs in two suits in which the Supreme Court held the government responsible for failing to prevent factory workers from being exposed to asbestos. “I offer my most sincere apology to everybody. . ...

Cabinet preparing to hold Ebola prevention meeting

Oct 27, 2014

Cabinet preparing to hold Ebola prevention meeting

A select group of Cabinet ministers will meet soon to discuss countermeasures for the deadly Ebola virus, Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Yasuhisa Shiozaki said Monday. Shiozaki told reporters about the plan after meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe earlier in the day. Abe ...

GPIF needs governance fix before asset change, LDP exec says

Aug 6, 2014

GPIF needs governance fix before asset change, LDP exec says

As the world’s biggest pension manager moves closer to putting more money in risky assets, the Liberal Democratic Party’s deputy policy chief says the fund needs to change its governance first. The Abe administration should submit a bill during the next Diet session to ...

Aug 6, 2014

Governance fix needed at GPIF before asset change, Shiozaki says

As the world’s biggest pension manager moves closer to putting more money in risky assets, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s deputy policy chief says the fund needs to change its governance first. Japan should submit a bill in the next Diet session to overhaul ...