Editorials Mar 2, 2013

Mr. Abe's plan for Japan

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday delivered his second policy speech during the current Diet session. He started his speech with the phrase "a strong Japan." He seems to have strong attachment to the word "strong." At the outset of his speech, he said ...

BOJ easing options limited

Business | ANALYSIS Mar 1, 2013

BOJ easing options limited

by Mie Sakamoto

The Bank of Japan's options to reinforce its monetary easing grip will probably be limited even if Asian Development Bank President Haruhiko Kuroda, a strong advocate of aggressive easing, takes the BOJ helm in March. The government's nomination of Kuroda, 68, apparently reflects its expectations ...

Currency veteran offers BOJ credibility on reflation

Business Feb 27, 2013

Currency veteran offers BOJ credibility on reflation

by John Brinsley

The Bank of Japan may pack a bigger punch under Haruhiko Kuroda, an opponent of deflation who ran the nation's currency policy and then built an international reputation leading the Asian Development Bank. Finance Minister Taro Aso told reporters Monday that Kuroda, Prime Minister Shinzo ...

Top currency official eyed for ADB presidency

Business Feb 27, 2013

Top currency official eyed for ADB presidency

The administration is considering Vice Finance Minister for International Affairs Takehiko Nakao, the nation's top currency official, as a candidate to lead the Asian Development Bank under the assumption that current ADB head Haruhiko Kuroda becomes the next Bank of Japan governor, Finance Minister ...

National Feb 25, 2013

Abe 'snubbed' by Obama on Senkaku issue: Chinese state media

China's official media said Sunday that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, during talks with U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington on Friday, failed to secure explicit words of support for Japan amid its dispute with China over the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. "Abe ...

Regional woes cloud Abe's success in U.S.

National / Politics | ANALYSIS Feb 25, 2013

Regional woes cloud Abe's success in U.S.

by Shinya Ajima

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's trip to Washington was interpreted by some political analysts as confirmation that his second stint at the government helm has gotten off to a strong start. On Friday, Abe agreed with U.S. President Barack Obama to bolster the bilateral security alliance, ...