November 21, 2014
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to dissolve the Lower House on Nov. 21 for a snap election.
November 20, 2014
In the Nov. 18 news conference to announce his decision to dissolve the Lower House for a snap election, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe repeatedly said he will “ask for a fresh mandate from the public.”
November 19, 2014
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Nov. 18 announced he will postpone the additional consumption tax hike scheduled for October next year and dissolve the Lower House on Nov. 21.
November 18, 2014
Japan’s economy shrank for two consecutive quarters. The nation’s real gross domestic product fell by an annualized 1.6 percent in the July-September quarter following a sharp 7.1-percent contraction in the previous three months, when the consumption tax hike in April depressed consumer spending.
November 17, 2014
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government has decided to postpone the additional hike in the consumption tax rate to 10 percent slated for October next year. The main opposition Democratic Party of Japan has accepted the decision.
November 15, 2014
The United States and China exert decisive influence on the fate of the world in the 21st century. But the contours of the relationship between the two leading powers still remain blurred.
November 14, 2014
This year’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, held recently in Beijing, stressed the group’s commitment to promoting the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP), a regional free trade pact that is APEC’s key goal.
November 13, 2014
First, there were just low whispers that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was considering dissolving the Lower House for a snap election. But before we knew it, the powerful winds of dissolution started whipping up in Japanese political circles.
November 12, 2014
At least 279 individuals around Japan are not on any “koseki” family register, according to a Justice Ministry report released for the first time on Oct. 24. These are people whose parents were unable to register their births for various reasons.
November 11, 2014
Just after “ritto,” or the first day of winter in the traditional Asian calendar, the air in Beijing, whose wintry sharpness was slightly tempered by the sunlight of balmy autumn weather, felt as if it symbolized the current state of relations between Japan and China.
November 10, 2014
Following an unusual twist of developments, Japan and China have decided that their leaders will meet formally for the first time in two-and-a-half years.
November 08, 2014
Kagoshima Governor Yuichiro Ito agreed on Nov. 7 to allow Kyushu Electric Power Co. to restart operations at its Sendai nuclear power plant. Ito said his decision was based on the opinions of the Kagoshima prefectural assembly, the mayor and the municipal assembly of Satsuma-Sendai, where the plant is located.
November 07, 2014
On Nov. 2, the middle day of three consecutive holidays, legions of demonstrators marched in Tokyo’s busy Shinjuku district, chanting, “The world doesn’t need hate speech.”
November 06, 2014
Red coral, also called precious coral, which is known for its brightly colored red or pink skeleton, has been loved and valued around the world since ancient times.
November 05, 2014
From Nov. 5 through 7, an extraordinary session of the Kagoshima prefectural assembly will deliberate on whether to agree to restart nuclear reactors at the Sendai power plant operated by Kyushu Electric Power Co.
November 04, 2014
Japanese power companies are under increasing pressure to decide whether to expand the service period of reactors that have been operating for more than 40 years.
November 03, 2014
A Japanese delegation that recently visited Pyongyang has returned home after two days of talks with North Korean officials mainly over their reinvestigation into Japanese abducted to the country in the 1970s and 1980s.
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.