National / Politics Jun 28, 2014

Nakaima might seek third term at helm of Okinawa

Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima said Saturday he is considering running for a third term and will make a final decision soon. Nakaima, 74, told local chiefs and assembly members who support another run in the Nov. 16 election that he was pleased to have their ...

Business Apr 23, 2014

BOJ will not buy bonds indefinitely

by Masahiro Hidaka and Toru Fujioka

Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda has said the BOJ will not buy bonds just to keep down the government's debt-servicing costs after it achieves its goal of stable 2 percent inflation. "If we reach our target and prices are stable, we have no intention ...

Business Jan 1, 2014

Bank of Japan likely to maintain easing policy, chief says

Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda indicated the central bank will keep intact its current monetary easing policy in 2014 with prospects that the economy will continue to recover despite possible adverse impact from the consumption tax hike in April. In a recent interview, the ...

National Dec 13, 2013

Nakaima to decide base landfill before end of month

Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima said Friday he plans to decide by the end of December whether to approve the start of work to fill in areas off the Henoko coast in the city of Nago for building an airstrip to replace U.S. Marine Corps ...

Inose apologizes to cantankerous assembly

National / Politics Nov 29, 2013

Inose apologizes to cantankerous assembly

by Masaaki Kameda

Embattled Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose apologized Friday for "causing concerns and troubles" among Tokyo citizens over a money scandal but refused to step down. Inose attended a metropolitan assembly session for the first time since the scandal involving an alleged ¥50 million loan from the ...

National / Politics Nov 11, 2013

Hiroshima poll returns governor for second term

Hiroshima Gov. Hidehiko Yuzaki won a second four-year term Sunday, defeating a Communist challenger by a large margin. Yuzaki, 48, ran as an independent with the backing of the Liberal Democratic Party, New Komeito and the Democratic Party of Japan. His challenger was Osamu Onishi, 47, ...

National / Politics Nov 10, 2013

Hiroshima Gov. Yuzaki cruises toward re-election

Hiroshima Gov. Hidehiko Yuzaki was assured a second four-year term in prefecture's gubernatorial election Sunday, defeating an independent challenger, exit polls showed. The 48-year-old governor was running as an independent with the backing of the Liberal Democratic Party, New Komeito and the Democratic Party of ...

Diet set to approve BOJ nominees

Business Mar 7, 2013

Diet set to approve BOJ nominees

The Diet is expected to approve the government's nominees for Bank of Japan governor and its two deputy governor posts, with the largest opposition party set to give the nod for Asian Development Bank President Haruhiko Kuroda to head the central bank, lawmakers said ...