Jun 14, 2014

Noda says Abe buying into 'voodoo economics'

by William Pesek

Sour grapes are in season in Tokyo as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s predecessor steps up and slams the incumbent’s tax plans. However, beneath the bad feelings and twinge of regret, Yoshihiko Noda makes a very timely point when he accuses Abe of buying into ...

Stand firm on 10% sales tax, Noda warns Abe

Jun 11, 2014

Stand firm on 10% sales tax, Noda warns Abe

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe risks triggering market turmoil should he fail to raise the consumption tax to 10 percent next year, his immediate predecessor warned. The government needs to ride out the economic fallout from the first tax increase in April and then lift ...

Mar 25, 2014

Abe's economic package lacking strength: Noda

Former Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said Monday in Hong Kong that the economic stimulus package launched by his successor, Shinzo Abe, isn’t strong enough and that he hopes a trans-Pacific trade deal can be reached soon. Addressing hundreds as a keynote speaker at the ...

Oct 31, 2013

Ex-PM Koizumi studied idea of nationalizing Senkakus

The government under former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi studied the idea of putting the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea under state control, before three were nationalized in September last year, Yoshihiko Noda, another former prime minister, said Wednesday. “During the time of ...

Noda slams 'Abenomics' as pork

Oct 2, 2013

Noda slams 'Abenomics' as pork

Former Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Tuesday criticized current leader Shinzo Abe’s latest economic stimulus program as “pork.” “I cannot help feeling that it is pork-barrel spending,” Noda, a supreme adviser of the Democratic Party of Japan, said in a speech in Washington, referring ...

Feb 15, 2013

Diet approves NRA commissioners

The Lower House on Thursday formally approved the appointment of five experts who have been serving as the Nuclear Regulation Authority’s commissioners since September. Following the endorsement, the Upper House is also expected to approve the appointments of NRA Chairman Shunichi Tanaka and four ...