Abe rules out holding simultaneous elections this summer

World / Politics Jun 20, 2019

Abe rules out holding simultaneous elections this summer

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has decided against holding simultaneous elections for both houses of the Diet this summer for fear of undermining the strength of the ruling coalition, senior administration officials said Wednesday. The decision comes as the Abe administration has been facing intense criticism ...

Japanese government adopts draft bill to create high-tech 'supercities'

Business Jun 7, 2019

Japanese government adopts draft bill to create high-tech 'supercities'

The government on Friday adopted a draft bill to realize its "supercity" initiative to create cities that make use of artificial intelligence, big data and other advanced technologies. In such cities, autonomous driving, cashless payments, goods delivery by drone and novel services using sophisticated technologies ...

Business Jun 5, 2019

Japan eyes legislation to regulate global and domestic tech giants

The government said Wednesday it plans to submit a bill to the Diet next year to regulate global and domestic technology giants amid concerns some are stifling fair competition due to their overwhelming market share. The bill to enhance transparency in the business transactions of ...

Japan to streamline farm export procedures starting next spring

Business Jun 4, 2019

Japan to streamline farm export procedures starting next spring

The government decided Tuesday to centralize aspects of the agricultural product export process, including food safety management and the farm ministry's negotiations with importers, starting next spring in an effort to streamline operations. The move is aimed at cutting down export processing times by making ...