Abdication bill sails through Lower House

National / Politics Jun 2, 2017

Abdication bill sails through Lower House

An abdication bill drafted strictly for Emperor Akihito cleared the House of Representatives on Friday, setting the stage for its passage by the Diet on June 9. Thanks to a consensus reached by the political parties ahead of time, the Lower House approved the legislation ...

Lower House OKs bills on accessing customer, banking data

National / Politics May 21, 2015

Lower House OKs bills on accessing customer, banking data

The Lower House approved legislation Thursday that would, if enacted, enable the government to access citizens' bank deposit records and loosen the rules around how companies use personal customer information. The legislation comprises two bills. The first is an amendment to the law on numbering ...

Business Feb 28, 2014

Retail electricity market bills passed

The government approved bills Friday that will set the stage for Japan to move ahead with liberalization of the retail electricity market, something that has largely been dominated by regional monopolies over the past 60 years. The liberalization of the market for households and other ...