All four contenders in the LDP's presidential election said the government’s goal may have to be delayed to prioritize resuscitating an economy ravaged by the pandemic.
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The ruling party's leadership candidates stand apart on how to revive the nation's pandemic-hit economy.
The LDP presidential candidate has highlighted the need for wealth redistribution, a challenge to the deregulation and market-oriented policies Japan has adopted for two decades.
Prior to Shinzo Abe's second period as leader between 2012 and 2020, Japan's prime ministers were often known for their short tenures.
The government is hoping employees hired from the private sector will boost the agency's impact, with an ex-McKinsey manager being given a top post.
Past efforts have stumbled due to insufficient resources and bureaucratic divisions, and an ability to overcome these structural issues will make or break the new agency.
Japan’s core consumer prices dropped by 0.2% from a year earlier, highlighting a continuing challenge for the nation's policymakers.
The country's hospitality and tech sectors will face a number of crucial decisions in terms of their workforces once society returns to some semblance of normality, experts say.
Despite having had to sell off core businesses in recent years, the firm still has a way back to prosperity through infrastructure services and renewables.
Countries that have implemented strict restrictions “saw a decline in infections due to lockdowns, but the cases surged again ... they had to rely on vaccines after all,” Suga said.