Government of Japan

Nation resilient

The devastating tsunami that struck Japan on March 11 is expected to have an enormous impact on inbound tourism.

Wednesday, 14 September, 2011, 12:00am

Tourism board goes all out for summer

The Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO) has launched a campaign to win over tourists who, in the wake of the March 11 disasters, are in two minds about whether to visit the Land of the Rising Sun.

24 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Mainlanders shun Japan amid simmering Diaoyus row

Last August, Sapporo's Toyoko Inn proudly announced the introduction of 24-hour service of Putonghua-speaking front-desk employees for guests, and the introduction of Chinese signage throughout the hotel.

8 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Tokyo's shopping districts see an increasing number of mainland tourists as Japan eases travel restrictions

Not long ago, Toshiko Marks needed to do a spot of shopping in Tokyo's Ginza district, long considered the most exclusive retail district in Japan.

To her surprise, what was once the credit-card playground of the well heeled had changed dramatically. It was still busy with consumers snapping up brand-name products, but now they were mostly Chinese tourists.

14 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

PM throws down corruption challenge

Yukio Hatoyama, Japan's new prime minister, took the first steps last week towards ending a pervasive but perniciously corrupt practice that has dragged down the economy for years.

Achieving success may lead him into a desperate battle with Japan's powerful bureaucrats, who regard the practice as part of their perks.

6 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Japan's hard lessons for Hong Kong bureaucrats

In the recent Japanese general election campaign, the bureaucracy has come under fire from both major parties. Indeed, 'bureaucracy bashing' has become quite popular in Japan in recent years.

30 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Japan, Asia's doddering power

Nothing better illustrates the barrenness of Japan's political landscape than the failure to find a successor for Toshihiko Fukui as governor of the Bank of Japan. The shabby affair is more than just the question of who should run the central bank: it is symptomatic of a great country in decline and run by political dinosaurs.

22 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Abe's health the centre of growing attention

In office for less than six months, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is already showing some alarming signs of wear and tear, with some of the domestic tabloids even expounding on long-running rumours that he is suffering from a serious illness.

27 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Japanese investment shift forecast

Japanese investment on the mainland rose 11.3 per cent year on year to US$3.3 billion in the first half of this year, providing one of the few bright spots for China as overall foreign direct investment slipped 0.5 per cent.

However, Japanese officials are hinting that the country's investment in China may be poised to shift to other markets.

15 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Expert to study civil service pay

A pay comparison between civil servants and their private sector counterparts has moved a step closer, with the government preparing to commission a top consultant to take on the contentious task.

The Civil Service Bureau is drawing up plans to select a consultant through open tender this month.

17 Jan 2005 - 12:00am


REVISING THE Japanese constitution has been a taboo subject for much of the 55 years since its introduction. Now, however, an increasing body of opinion feels that it is time to revise the charter, which was drafted by the Americans during their occupation of the country after World War II.

7 Nov 2002 - 12:00am

Japan's finance ministry faces up to its feudal past

JAPAN'S Ministry of Finance is in a state of turmoil following the arrest of two officials and the prospect of a similar fate for 20 more on bribery charges.

The arrests are significant because they could signal the beginning of a true effort to reform the very centre of Japan's power structure.

1 Feb 1998 - 12:00am

Miti forced to reform energy sector

The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (Miti), buffeted by scandal, has been forced by politicians and industry lobbies to devise ways to reform an inefficient and expensive energy sector.

Miti responded with plans to cut electricity rates, which are 46 per cent higher for industry than in the United States, to 'international levels', by 2001.

13 Jun 1997 - 12:00am

Japanese investment set to continue

JAPANESE investment in the Asia-Pacific region will not slow despite Japan's economic problems.

18 Feb 1995 - 12:00am

On the Road

THE Grand Hyatt Taipei is offering 40 per cent off the published rack rates on all its suites until March 31.

25 Jan 1994 - 12:00am