Policy & Politics

Japan's government hopes that more foreigners will visit the nation's smaller cities.

Japan to cut airport fees to spur regional tourism

TOKYO -- The Japanese government is preparing to lower landing fees for domestic flights at many airports to try to direct more of the rising number of foreign tourists beyond well-known destinations such as Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka.The transport minis...

  • Singapore's surge in Zika cases amplifies economic fears

    SINGAPORE -- A spike in Zika virus infections is worrying Singapore. On top of 41 locally transmitted cases announced over the weekend, the health ministry has confirmed 15 more, bringing the total to 56. The country is heightening the alert level fo...

  • Japan ruling party's No. 2 man expands his presence

    TOKYO -- In his latest reshuffle of the Liberal Democratic Party executive lineup, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is president of the LDP, appointed Toshihiro Nikai as secretary-general, the No. 2 position in the ruling party. At 77, Nikai, who took ...

  • Two contrasting theories about China's provocative actions

    TOKYO -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang looked a bit stiff and awkward when he last week met with Japanese national security chief Shotaro Yachi, a special envoy sent to Beijing by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. That was actually not surprising. Whe...

  • Japan defense forces train to retake island

    TOKYO -- The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force's annual large-scale live fire drill Sunday near Mount Fuji in Shizuoka Prefecture imagined combined air, sea and land forces retaking a remote island captured by an enemy, an exercise that appeared to hav...

  • Singapore confirms 41 cases of locally-transmitted Zika virus

    SINGAPORE (Reuters) -- Singapore has confirmed 41 cases of locally-transmitted Zika virus, mostly among foreign construction workers, and said it expected more cases to be identified.All but seven of those infected have fully recovered, the health mi...

  • China names new chief for Tibet in party reshuffle

    BEIJING (Reuters) -- China's ruling Communist Party appointed a new senior official on Sunday to run Tibet, considered one of the country's most politically sensitive positions due to periodic anti-Chinese unrest in the devoutly Buddhist Himalayan re...

  • Chinese flee their country for better education, clean air

    GUANGZHOU -- Every year, hundreds of thousands of ordinary Chinese flee to other parts of the world. The reasons vary, but for many, it boils down to giving the next generation better opportunities that China lacks.

  • Tokyo to allow foreign housekeepers

    TOKYO -- Japan is going to make it easier for foreign housekeepers to move to its capital and get work.

  • Internal friction resurfaces over China's economic policy

    BEIJING -- Chinese private-sector investment has essentially crawled to a halt in recent weeks, yet robust solutions have taken a back seat to buck-passing among top officials. A powerful government body believes that a looser monetary policy is in o...

  • Work reforms feature in Japan tax proposals

    TOKYO -- Japanese government ministries have proposed tax code changes for next fiscal year to encourage women and seniors to work, aiming to shore up economic growth as the population shrinks.Japan's working-age population, or the number of people a...

  • Japan governor asks Kyushu Electric to halt nuclear plant

    FUKUOKA -- The governor of Kagoshima Prefecture has asked Kyushu Electric Power to halt operations at a nuclear power plant for a fresh safety inspection, potentially posing another hurdle for a nationwide nuclear restart.Gov. Satoshi Mitazono on Fri...

  • Japan looks to slash social insurance spending growth

    TOKYO -- The Japanese government is seeking ways to rein in annual spending increases on social insurance programs by roughly 140 billion yen ($1.38 billion) as policymakers compile a draft budget for the fiscal year starting April 2017.The Ministry ...

  • Rajan welcomes Patel as successor at Indian central bank

    MUMBAI/NEW DELHI (Reuters) -- India's central bank governor Raghuram Rajan welcomed on Friday the appointment of Urjit Patel as his successor, calling him a close ally and saying it would ensure continuity in meeting the country's inflation objective...

  • Suicide truck bomb blamed on PKK kills 11 police in Turkey

    ANKARA/KARKAMIS, Turkey (Reuters) -- A suicide truck bombing at a police headquarters in Turkey's largely Kurdish southeast killed at least 11 and wounded dozens on Friday, two days after Turkey launched an incursion against Islamic State and Kurdish...

  • Interview

    Turkey has put coups in its past, Erdogan aide says

    TOKYO --Turkey's deputy prime minister arrives in Japan to assure investors of the Eurasian country's stability. Yet, in an interview, the close confidant of President Erdogan reflected on the drama of that tumultuous night.

  • Philippine government, communist rebels to sign ceasefire deal

    OSLO (Reuters) -- The Philippine government and Maoist-led rebels signed an indefinite ceasefire agreement on Friday as part of efforts to end a conflict that has lasted almost five decades and killed at least 40,000 people.The agreement extends a tr...

  • With elections ahead, Europe debates burqa bans

    BERLIN/PARIS -- Proposals to ban body-concealing garments worn by Muslim women have sparked fierce debate in Europe, with some seeing the measures as a strategy to capture conservative votes in upcoming elections amid a tense atmosphere fueled by ter...

  • New contender adds heat to race for Japan opposition party head

    TOKYO -- Former Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara will run for president of Japan's main opposition Democratic Party in September, aiming to triumph over the acting party leader with support from conservatives.Maehara announced his candidacy Thursday to...

  • Japan financial watchdog puts PokeCoins under microscope

    TOKYO -- The Financial Services Agency is looking into whether PokeCoins, the in-game currency being circulated within the hit smartphone app "Pokemon Go," should be regulated under the same laws that apply to prepaid cards.The FSA has begun hearings...