Seiji Maehara

Japan must decide on trade pact before polls

Japanese State Minister for National Policy Seiji Maehara. Photo: AFP

A government minister on Friday said Japan had to decide on its participation in a huge Pacific-wide free trade deal before national polls, in what could be an early salvo in the election campaign.

Friday, 9 November, 2012, 2:58pm

Japan must decide on trade pact before polls

Japanese State Minister for National Policy Seiji Maehara. Photo: AFP

A government minister on Friday said Japan had to decide on its participation in a huge Pacific-wide free trade deal before national polls, in what could be an early salvo in the election campaign.

9 Nov 2012 - 2:56pm

Japanese PM plans huge stimulus package

Japan's Economy Minister Seiji Maehara. Photo: EPA

Japan's prime minister has instructed his ministers to plan for an economic stimulus reportedly worth up to ¥1 trillion (HK$98.3 billion) as an election hovers into view.

18 Oct 2012 - 3:31am

Bank of Japan faces pressure to act to end deflation and spur growth

Governor Masaaki Shirakawa is due to step down soon, opening up a chance for someone who is more aggressive on easing. Photo: Bloomberg

The Bank of Japan faces increased pressure to step up easing in coming weeks as political leadership changes and pessimism among manufacturers intensify calls for more aggressive action to end deflation and revive growth.

5 Oct 2012 - 3:45am