February 12, 2016
Japan posted a current-account surplus of 16.6 trillion yen ($147.71 billion) in 2015. The surplus in the current account, the overall picture of a nation’s economic relationship with the rest of the world in terms of trade, investment and financial transfers, grew more than sixfold from the previous year to the level before the calamitous earthquake and tsunami that devastated wide areas in northeastern Japan in 2011.
February 11, 2016
Responding to North Korea’s defiant act of launching a rocket on Feb. 7, countries concerned are working out new sanctions to punish the regime in Pyongyang.
February 10, 2016
The benchmark 10-year Japanese government bond yield on Feb. 9 fell below zero percent on the market for the first time. Is this good news or bad? Many people probably don’t know, but they certainly must be feeling anxious.
February 09, 2016
The Chinese New Year is an important holiday for people in Taiwan, a time for families to be together.
February 08, 2016
A growing number of political and business leaders in the Kansai and Hokuriku regions are beginning to clamor for an early start of construction to link the Hokuriku Shinkansen to Osaka.
February 06, 2016
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been aggressively signaling his eagerness to rewrite the Constitution, which potentially includes the revision of its war-renouncing Article 9.
February 05, 2016
The Japanese government has decided to join a new working group on nuclear disarmament that the United Nations will set up later this month.
February 04, 2016
The World Health Organization has declared an international public health emergency over the spread of the Zika virus, which is transmitted mainly by mosquitoes.
February 03, 2016
The Sendai High Court on Feb. 2 ordered the government to pay 100,000 yen ($830) in compensation to one of the plaintiffs in a case concerning the Self-Defense Forces’ monitoring of civil protests against the SDF dispatch to Iraq and other activities.
February 02, 2016
Wage negotiations in this year’s “shunto” spring labor offensive are now in full swing.
February 01, 2016
Kyushu Electric Power Co. and the Nuclear Regulation Authority are at odds over the utility’s decision to scrap its plan to build an emergency facility at its Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture.
January 30, 2016
The Bank of Japan for the first time has decided to introduce a “negative interest rate policy,” a radical approach to monetary expansion.
January 29, 2016
Economy minister Akira Amari announced his resignation from his Cabinet post on Jan. 28 to take responsibility for a scandal over allegations he received cash from a construction company.
January 28, 2016
The No. 3 reactor at Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Takahama nuclear power plant in Takahama, Fukui Prefecture, is set to restart on Jan. 29.
January 27, 2016
How can we overcome social disparities that have become too commonplace today? This was one of the urgent questions posed to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the Diet on Jan. 26, the first day of this year’s questioning session by lawmakers representing their parties.
January 26, 2016
Voters in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, where the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma is located, have given a second term to Mayor Atsushi Sakima, who was backed by the Abe administration. In the Jan. 24 mayoral election in the city, the 51-year-old incumbent defeated Keiichiro Shimura, a 63-year-old former prefectural government employee backed by Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga.
January 25, 2016
Industrial food waste, which should have been properly disposed of, has been found to be circulating in the market disguised as food products.
January 23, 2016
While both the ruling and opposition camps were abuzz over a money scandal involving Akira Amari, the minister in charge of economic revitalization, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivered his policy speeches to both houses of the Diet on Jan. 22.
January 22, 2016
Akira Amari, the minister in charge of economic revitalization, has been hit by serious allegations that he received what may be a bribe from a construction company.
January 21, 2016
Foreign visitor arrivals in 2015 surged nearly 50 percent from the previous year to almost 20 million, the target set by the central government in 2020 when Tokyo will host the Summer Olympics and Paralympics. The more-than-expected rapid growth suggests that Japan will hit that goal well ahead of time.