Yuki Hagiwara
While Tokyo has secured enough fuel to deal with expected surges in power demand as temperatures rise this summer, economy minister Ken Saito is urging people not to waste electricity.
JAPAN / Society
Jul 12, 2024
Japan on ‘high alert’ for summer power shortages, economy minister says
Thermal power facilities put on maintenance earlier this year are set to come online by end-July while earlier fixes are expected for other equipment failures.
Film director Hirokazu Kore-eda (left) and actor Lily Franky arrive for a photocall to promote the Official Selection feature film "Shoplifters" at the San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain in September 2018.
Jun 21, 2024
Japanese film startup aims to change industry working conditions
K2 Pictures is seeking to raise the money from domestic and foreign investors.
Japan is the only country in the world that still enforces a same-surname rule for married couples, according to Keidanren research.
JAPAN / Society
Jun 10, 2024
Japan should let married women keep names, main business lobby says
Keidanren said in a proposal that the government should quickly present legislation allowing for surname choice to parliament.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks during an interview at the Prime Minister's Office in Tokyo on Friday, ahead of his visit to the United States this week.
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 8, 2024
Kishida advocates wider defense network ahead of U.S. trip
The Japanese leader said he would push ahead on cooperation with like-minded countries on security, including on defense equipment and technology.
Japan will provide ¥590 billion in additional subsidies to chip venture Rapidus.
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 2, 2024
Japan approves extra ¥590 billion in aid to chip startup Rapidus
The additional funding will help Rapidus buy chipmaking equipment and also develop advanced back-end chipmaking processes.
Akira Amari, a senior Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker, says Nippon Steel’s acquisition of United States Steel would help counter China’s dominance in steel-making.
BUSINESS / Economy
Apr 2, 2024
Japanese lawmaker says U.S. steel deal would help counter China risks
The $14.1 billion deal would be a win-win for both companies and both economies, said former minister Akira Amari.
Former Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera
Dec 25, 2023
Japan must further ease arms export rules, ex-defense chief says
Itsunori Onodera said he would press ahead with ruling coalition discussions on broadening the scope of allowable exports.
Former Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga says Japanese firms' clean energy technology can speed up the country’s efforts to curb emissions.
Nov 27, 2023
Japan’s tech leaders accelerate its climate actions, ex-PM says
Japan’s companies were once at the cutting edge of green technology but have been surpassed by Chinese producers.
South Korean Ambassador to Japan Yun Duk-min speaks during an interview in Tokyo on Wednesday.
Sep 22, 2023
South Korea seeks revived China-Japan summit to shore up ties
Senior officials from the three Asian nations are set to meet in Seoul on Sept. 26.
Japan Times
Jul 12, 2023
Japan’s bid to nurture startups lags global rivals on tax breaks
Struggling with a far lower business entry rate than the U.S. or Europe, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s government in 2022 launched a five-year plan to encourage new ventures.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Jun 1, 2023
Japan considers official security clearance system to ease trade and cooperation
Without such a law in place, Japanese firms risk missing out on highly sensitive contracts including those with overseas allies in areas like cutting-edge chip technology and cybersecurity.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
May 16, 2023
Struggling hot spring resorts get boost from Chinese investors
Many Chinese buyers of inns and hotels are willing to pay twice the market price to take them over, according to sellers and industry sources.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 27, 2023
LDP will try to pass LGBTQ law ahead of G7 summit
Japan is alone among the G7 wealthy democracies in not having laws to ban discrimination against LGBTQ people or give legal recognition to same-sex unions.
Japan Times
Apr 26, 2023
Japan regulator asks banks to examine social media risks after SVB case
The FSA asked lenders to prepare crisis management manuals and examine their liquidity and risk management systems, sources have said.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 4, 2023
Japan weighs bomb-shelter bill with eye on China and North Korea
While there are vast networks of subways in major Japanese cities that could be used for civil defense, the majority of homes in the country don’t have basements.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Mar 14, 2023
Japan weighs defense exports as it shows off fighter jet plans
The Global Combat Air Program is the country’s first major military development plan with partners other than the U.S. since World War II.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 7, 2023
LDP flips on LGBTQ bill after gaffe by Kishida aide
The party will prepare to submit a bill encouraging understanding of LGBTQ issues, seeking to repair the damage from the former aide's discriminatory comments.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Jan 21, 2023
Next BOJ governor needs to be ‘crafty,’ LDP’s Akira Amari says
Japan’s next central bank governor needs the ability to be "crafty” in how they communicate and should largely stick with loose monetary policy, according to Akira Amari, a former economy minister who was involved in laying out the country’s 10-year-old inflation target.
Japan Times
Jan 20, 2023
Japan’s chip czar backs U.S. push to contain Chinese ‘hegemony’
LDP heavyweight Akira Amari said his country must join the U.S. in imposing restrictions on exports of the latest chip materials and machinery to China.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 7, 2022
Nomura is teaching Japan high school students how to invest
About 8 in 10 Japanese have never invested in securities, according to a lobby group for the nation's brokers.


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