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Japan minister sidesteps Okinawa governor in base row
Japan's central government muscled the governor of Okinawa out of the way Monday in a row over the construction of a US air base, suspending his stop-work order in the latest fraught chapter of a two-decade row. The move allows the central government to press on with a much-delayed project that will see the shuttering of the Futenma Air Base, which sits in a crowded urban area, and its ...(3/30/2015 2:03:15 AM)
Japan intent on restarting six-party talks
Elizabeth Shim TOKYO, March 29 (UPI) -- Japan is working on a plan to restart the thwarted six-party talks through an informal meeting in Tokyo at the end of June that will involve China, North and South Korea, Russia and the United States.(3/29/2015 11:07:26 PM)
Japan kicks its ‘loophole herb’ drug habit
The rise and fall of Japan’s “dappo habu” — a previously legal psychedelic drug whose name literally means “loophole herb” — offer an interesting tale of how the country is tightening its control of intoxicants, even as the U.S. and other nations are decriminalizing illicit substances such as marijuana.(3/29/2015 11:08:15 AM)
Japan industrial output decline raises doubts about domestic demand
Japan's industrial output fell in February at the fastest pace in eight months due to declines in production of machinery, cars and electronics in a worrying sign that domestic demand could be faltering. Economists were already braced for a fall as many companies were expected to trim output due to the timing of Lunar New Year holidays, but the 3.4 percent month-on-month decline in February was ...(3/29/2015 8:55:27 PM)
Japan uses climate cash for coal plants
Despite mounting protests, Japan continues to finance the building of coal-fired power plants with money earmarked for fighting climate change, with two new projects underway in India and Bangladesh, The Associated Press has found. The AP reported in December that Japan had counted $US1 billion ($A1.27 billion) in loans for coal plants in Indonesia as climate finance, angering critics who say ...(3/29/2015 11:01:08 PM)
Japan overrules Okinawa head on base
Japan's fisheries minister has overruled an order by the Okinawa governor suspending work on a new US military base, in a growing stand-off.(3/30/2015 6:00:51 AM)
World's first 'Otaku' summit opens in Japan
Japan opened what organisers are billing as the world's first "Otaku" summit Saturday, drawing visitors from around the world as the country looks to boost the international fan base for Japanese comic books and anime. So-called Otaku -- usually translated as "geeks" -- from at least 18 countries and territories, many dressed as their favourite anime characters, were converging on the Otaku Expo ...(3/28/2015 2:08:24 AM)
Japan's Industrial Output Drops, Adding to Signs of Weakness
Output declined 3.4 percent from January, when it rose 3.7 percent, the trade ministry said in Tokyo on Monday. The median estimate of 28 economists surveyed by Bloomberg was for a decline of 1.9 percent. The data are the weakest since June last year and underscore the fragility of Japan’s recovery from a recession last year. “A recovery in consumer spending has been slow after last April’s ...(3/29/2015 8:33:31 PM)
Japan government weighing income tax hike on wealthy to meet fiscal goal - sources
Japan's government is considering raising income taxes for the wealthy and increasing the inheritance tax if it looks unlikely to reach its goal of returning to a primary budget surplus in 2020, government sources said. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government plans to raise the nationwide sales tax to 10 percent from 8 percent in April 2017 to help pay for rising welfare and healthcare costs. The ...(3/30/2015 1:21:30 AM)
Japan casino legalisation bill delayed again in latest blow
Prospects for legalising casino gambling in Japan suffered another blow on Monday as proponents said they would delay a bill allowing "integrated resorts", as the ruling coalition remains divided on the controversial measure. Companies such as Las Vegas Sands Corp and MGM Resorts International have been hoping Japan will unlock a casino market that brokerage CLSA estimated could generate annual ...(3/30/2015 8:34:36 AM)
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