November 01, 2014
In a surprise move on Oct. 31, the Bank of Japan opened up the monetary taps further to shore up the sagging economy.
October 31, 2014
The official campaign period for the Nov. 16 Okinawa gubernatorial election began on Oct. 30.
October 30, 2014
The Diet on Oct. 28 began debating a bill to revise the law governing the temporary staffing industry.
October 29, 2014
The municipal assembly of Satsuma-Sendai in Kagoshima Prefecture on Oct. 28 voted in favor of restarting the No. 1 and No. 2 reactors at the Sendai nuclear power plant, which is located in the city and operated by Kyushu Electric Power Co. Following the assembly’s decision, Mayor Hideo Iwakiri announced his approval on the same day, one of the procedures to go ahead with the restart.
October 28, 2014
Ethics will become a formal subject for Japanese children at elementary and junior high schools. The Central Council for Education, an advisory panel for the education ministry, on Oct. 21 submitted to education minister Hakubun Shimomura its proposal that ethics should be taught as a subject.
October 27, 2014
“Japanese people who conserve Article 9” of the Constitution was nominated for this year's Nobel Peace Prize. The Upper House Commission on the Constitution recently discussed this development in an attempt to assess its implications.
October 25, 2014
The Chinese Communist Party’s Central Committee, the ruling party’s highest leadership body, recently held its fourth plenary session. The main topic at the closed-door meeting in Beijing was “state governance based on the law.”
October 24, 2014
The Supreme Court ruled on Oct. 23 that demoting a woman because of her pregnancy is unacceptable unless there are truly compelling circumstances.
October 23, 2014
Nearly four weeks have passed since students started occupying the main streets of Hong Kong.
October 22, 2014
The Japanese government's promise concerning a U.S. military installation has turned out to have zero value.
October 21, 2014
Two members of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet resigned on Oct. 20 over political and money scandals.
October 20, 2014
The Asian Women’s Fund, set up in the year of the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II, represented Japan’s national effort to compensate former “comfort women” for their sufferings during the war. These women were forced to provide sex for Japanese soldiers at “comfort stations” established with the involvement of Japanese military forces.
October 18, 2014
On Oct. 17, transport minister Akihiro Ota approved Central Japan Railway Co.’s (JR Tokai) plan to build a maglev bullet train line for the 2027 scheduled start of service between Shinagawa in Tokyo and Nagoya.
October 17, 2014
Internal affairs minister Sanae Takaichi has expressed her intention to visit Yasukuni Shrine during the religious site’s autumn festival, which starts Oct. 17.
October 16, 2014
The envisioned new guidelines for defense cooperation between Japan and the United States, as outlined by an interim report, would be based on dangerously stretched interpretations of the Constitution and the bilateral security treaty.
October 15, 2014
What is the expected role of a newspaper as a vehicle of free speech? We would like to discuss this on this first day of this year’s “Shimbun Shukan” (Newspaper Week).
October 14, 2014
This year’s summer was Japan’s first nuclear-free one since the Fukushima nuclear disaster started in 2011.
October 13, 2014
When the state secrets protection law was passed last December, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said this at a news conference: “We will continue to explain this law carefully in order to erase any concerns the public should have.”
October 11, 2014
Tokyo Electric Power Co. and Chubu Electric Power Co. have reached a basic agreement on a business tie-up in the area of thermal power generation.
October 10, 2014
South Korean prosecutors indicted the former Seoul bureau chief of the Japanese newspaper Sankei Shimbun on Oct. 8 without arresting him on charges he seriously defamed South Korean President Park Geun-hye in an article.