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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Support for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet below 50pc

    Posted Oct 20th 2014, 05:10am by AP

    ... Agencies in Tokyo Backing for premier's cabinet drops to below 50pc amid growing questions over financial misuse by groups linked to trade minister Support for Abe falls as tax plan ... tax and a political funds scandal involving a top minister. The Kyodo News poll showed the approval rating for the cabinet had fallen 6.8 percentage points from the previous poll in early ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1620075/support-japanese-prime-minister-shinzo-abes-cabinet-below-50pc
  2. Business - Economy - JAPAN

    Japan machinery orders rise but doubts about economy remain

    Posted Oct 10th 2014, 05:49am by Reuters

    ... as the Bank of Japan keeps ultra-loose monetary policy and the government stands ready to deploy fresh stimulus. A sales tax rise in April triggered the deepest economic slump in the April-June ... the government's decision by the end of the year on whether to proceed with a second sales tax increase next year. "The data in itself is positive as it confirms steady capital spending," said ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1613277/japan-machinery-orders-rise-doubts-about-economy-remain
  3. Business - Economy - JAPAN

    Bank of Japan governor pledges to prolong stimulus

    Posted Oct 08th 2014, 06:05am by Reuters

    ... after a sales tax increase in April left car and electronic makers with a huge pile of inventory. Kuroda said the tax-increase pain and bad summer weather had weighed on consumption longer than ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1611737/bank-japan-governor-pledges-prolong-stimulus
  4. Business - Economy - JAPAN

    Japanese business confidence improves first time in two quarters

    Posted Oct 01st 2014, 03:33pm by Reuters

    ... are still struggling to shake off the impact of a sales tax rise in April. The mixed data may do little to relieve pressure on policymakers to expand fiscal and monetary stimulus if the economy stumbles before Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's crucial decision by the end of the year on whether to proceed with a second sales tax rise in October next year. The headline index for big ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1605664/japanese-business-confidence-improves-first-time-two-quarters
  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Shinzo Abe faces questioning by lawmakers on Japan's change to defence policy

    Posted Oct 01st 2014, 02:23am by KYODO

    ... questioning Prime Minster Shinzo Abe yesterday over the controversial issues of another sales tax rise and collective self-defence, criticising him for trying to bypass debate in the legislature. ... and increasing the participation of women in society. But he did not go into detail about a further sales tax rise to 10 per cent next year from the current 8 per cent, or legalising Japan's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1604856/shinzo-abe-faces-questioning-lawmakers-japans-change-defence-policy
  6. Business - Economy - JAPAN

    Japan downgrades economic assessment as Abe promises reform

    Posted Sep 20th 2014, 05:10am by AFP

    ... hammers hopes for a quick recovery following Tokyo's April sales tax rise. The monthly report acknowledged spending at home had stalled, throwing into question Tokyo's plans to increase sales taxes again next year. But it added that depressed conditions were due partly to poor weather- Japan was inundated with heavy rainfall and a string of typhoons this summer. "Private ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1596376/japan-downgrades-economic-assessment-abe-promises-reform
  7. Business - Economy - JAPAN

    Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda calls for stable yen

    Posted Sep 17th 2014, 05:39am by Reuters

    ... policymakers who had hoped rising overseas shipments would buoy a fragile economic recovery and help offset the impact of a slump in domestic demand after a sales tax rise in April. Some lawmakers ... of the economy, saying it will continue to recover moderately as the pain from the April tax rise on consumption gradually subsides. While acknowledging that external demand has been weak and some ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1594215/bank-japan-governor-haruhiko-kuroda-calls-stable-yen
  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese first lady Akie Abe seeks summit with Peng Liyuan at Apec

    Posted Sep 04th 2014, 10:50pm by Reuters

    ... at an Apec summit in Bali. On economic policy, Akie Abe said Japan should consider cutting wasteful spending and boosting the economy before going ahead with a rise in the sales tax to 10 per cent, ... tax. "I think there are still areas where, if not a waste, taxes are not being used properly and could probably be fixed," she added. "I can understand there are aspects ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1585378/japanese-first-lady-akie-abe-seeks-summit-peng-liyuan-apec
  9. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Abe's picks for party posts point to possible thaw in ties with China

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 11:41pm by Reuters

    ... and Japan's wartime past, and whether to go ahead with a sales tax rise next year despite signs the economy is faltering. [Shinzo Abe] is sending a strong message to China that he wants to improve ... is from a moderate wing of the LDP that favours better ties with China. He was also an architect of a plan to raise the sales tax in two stages to curb Japan's huge public debt. The second ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1584716/abes-picks-party-posts-point-possible-thaw-ties-china
  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Tokyo's plum blossom haven to axe all its trees

    Posted Apr 07th 2014, 11:48pm by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg in Tokyo Tokyo's plum blossom haven to axe all its trees A Tokyo park once named Japan's best for viewing plum blossoms is cutting down all its trees after losing a five-year battle with plum pox. The 45-square-kilometre Umeno Koen (Plum Park) in western Tokyo's Ome City closed on April 4, four days after hosting its annual plum blossom festival. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1467757/tokyos-plum-blossom-haven-axe-all-its-trees

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