Kiyoshi Takenaka

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Abe's support rate slides to under 30%, poll says

National / Politics Jul 14, 2017

Abe's support rate slides to under 30%, poll says

Public support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, battered by a smoldering scandal and a perception that he is taking voters for granted, has fallen below 30 percent, the lowest since he returned to power in 2012, a survey released on Friday showed. The suspicion of ...

Abe's maglev decision reflects political calculus over economics

Business Jul 22, 2016

Abe's maglev decision reflects political calculus over economics

Few doubt Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision to invest public funds in a $90 billion high-tech maglev railway makes political sense. Whether it makes equally good economic sense is less clear. Proponents say lending government money to Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) to speed ...