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BUDGETS

Japan Times
JAPAN
May 23, 2023
Kishida rules out tax hikes to fund more child care spending
Kishida places priority on boosting child-rearing support, seeing dwindling births as a 'national crisis.'
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 21, 2023
Japan aims to double child-related budgets by 2035
The government plans to create a new special account to unify the management of budgets related to children.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / FOCUS
May 11, 2023
Counting the cost of Japan's COVID-19 fight
The ¥76.5 trillion spent for pandemic measures in the past three years amounts to about ¥637,000 per person.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 7, 2023
80% in Japan oppose tax hike plan to cover defense spending, poll finds
The unwillingness to accept tax hikes to cover defense outlays comes despite 53% saying they are 'extremely concerned' over China taking military action against Taiwan.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
May 5, 2023
Dissolving Lower House not being considered for now, Kishida says
There has been speculation that the prime minister might call a snap election soon after the G7 summit later this month, as approval ratings for his Cabinet have been picking up.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Apr 14, 2023
Government officials downplay Kishida's pledge to double child care budget
The Kishida administration appears to have lost its bearings after pledging to tackle the low birthrate issue with 'measures on a different dimension' from past efforts.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 28, 2023
Japan's parliament enacts record ¥114 trillion budget for fiscal 2023
Approval of the budget comes at a time when the debt-ridden nation has been ramping up spending, to ease the burden put on households by rising prices of everyday goods.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Mar 22, 2023
Japan to spend $15 billion on inflation aid ahead of local polls
The measures include handouts for low-income households and their children, and support for households that use liquefied petroleum gas, according to documents from the Cabinet Office.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Mar 20, 2023
Japanese government to spend additional ¥2 trillion to soothe inflation pain
Low-income households will receive ¥30,000 and an extra ¥50,000 per child, while funds will also be allocated to reduce the cost of liquefied petroleum gas.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Mar 9, 2023
Ten years on, reconstruction tax continues to stir debate
Critics have increasingly pointed out misuse of the budget, resulting in growing demands across the political spectrum for stricter criteria for allocating funds.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Feb 28, 2023
With child care policy still in the works, Kishida aims to change parenting perceptions
The government is focused on casting child-rearing in a more positive light amid the lingering perception that the barriers to having children are just too great.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 28, 2023
Lower House approves record ¥114 trillion budget for fiscal 2023
The budget includes ¥6.82 trillion in defense spending to bolster the nation's defenses against threats posed by China, North Korea and Russia.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 18, 2023
Japan's fiscal 2023 budget likely to pass Lower House this month
Budget debates have been smooth as the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan refrains from blocking deliberations.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 16, 2023
Kishida’s child care plans raise questions about who will pay and how
Details of the proposal have become a hotly debated topic as Japan looks ahead to key local elections in April.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 15, 2023
Kishida vows to boost child-rearing budget to 4% of GDP
Japan's public expenditures related to family support stood at around ¥10 trillion in fiscal 2020, accounting for 2.01% of GDP and lagging behind developed European economies.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 30, 2023
Parliament begins budget talks amid focus on Kishida's tax plans
Attention is increasingly turning to when Kishida might call an election, especially given the divisive issue of tax hikes to pay for increased defense spending and child care policies.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 29, 2023
Majority urge election before tax hikes to cover Japan defense budget rise
Some 77.9% of respondents in a poll urge Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to seek voter approval on his defense spending hike.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Explainer
Jan 27, 2023
Defense spending rise puts spotlight on redemption rule of JGBs
Some in the LDP argue that the extra funding can be secured by changing the redemption period of government bonds from 60 to 80 years.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 24, 2023
Japan defense buildup leads to tripling of primary deficit projection
In its outlook, the government retained its assessment that Japan will achieve a surplus in the primary balance in fiscal 2026 of ¥2.5 trillion.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 20, 2023
LDP divided over proposed overhaul of JGB redemption rule
When JGBs reach their maturity dates, the government redeems part of the debts with cash and rolls over the rest by issuing refunding bonds.

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