Policy & Politics

Abe set for 1st Cabinet reshuffle

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to reshuffle his Cabinet on Wednesday for the first time since returning as prime minister in December 2012, with a lineup likely featuring more women but retaining key ministers. Ahead of the Cab...

  • Suntory's incoming chief to sit on Japanese economic policy panel

    TOKYO -- The government has decided to tap Takeshi Niinami, the next president of beer brewer Suntory Holdings, for a key economic-policy-setting panel, hoping to draw on his spectacular track record as a business chief. Niinami, former chairman ...

  • Japan to set up dedicated courthouse for corporate litigation

    TOKYO -- The Supreme Court of Japan will by 2021 set up a courthouse here devoted to business-related legal actions, consolidating areas under the jurisdiction of separate courts. The new facility, encompassing 15,000 sq. meters of planned floor ...

  • Abe to appoint justice minister as ruling party's No. 2

    TOKYO -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has decided to tap Justice Minister Sadakazu Tanigaki as his top deputy in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party as part of a leadership reshuffle Wednesday. Tanigaki, who is serving his 11th term as a lower house...

  • Japan to give business-jet travelers the fast lane at Haneda

    TOKYO -- Japan will create dedicated areas at Haneda Airport to handle customs procedures for passengers on business jets, slashing the time required to three minutes from up to 30. Business jets are used by corporate executives and government VI...

  • Painful, troublesome adjustments of Japan's deflation-era measures

    TOKYO -- Japan's employment picture has changed drastically, practically overnight. Many industries, mainly in the service sector, are currently suffering from a serious labor shortage, and Japan is close to achieving full employment. The Bank of...

  • Rich Chinese fleeing to greener foreign pastures

    DALIAN, China -- Wealthy Chinese are leaving their country in large numbers. Some are keen to have their children educated in advanced countries, while others want to protect their wealth from a frugality campaign led by President Xi Jinping. Many si...

  • Heavy military presence in Thai interim government raises concerns

    SINGAPORE -- Thai army chief Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha unveiled a new cabinet Sunday, naming military officers to key cabinet posts. Just over one third of the 33-member cabinet, including the prime minister, is made up of active or retired military and...

  • Indian government's solar power push sparks investment, action

    MUMBAI -- The new government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is pushing for greater use of solar power in India, and energy companies are heeding the call. Increasing the use of renewable energy is expected to help remedy the chronic electricity ...

  • China's anti-corruption drive forcing out provincial leader

    BEIJING -- The Chinese Communist Party has decided to replace the leader of Shanxi Province amid corruption investigations there that may be part of a fishing expedition for higher-level targets. The position of Shanxi Communist Party chief is to...

  • Abe to tap close ally for cabinet post

    TOKYO -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has decided to bring Yasuhisa Shiozaki, a trusted ally who once served as the No. 2 lieutenant in a past Abe government, aboard the new cabinet he plans to announce Wednesday. Shiozaki served as chief cabinet se...

  • Indonesia's Widodo to target fuel subsidies in kicking off reform drive

    JAKARTA -- Indonesian President-elect Joko Widodo pledged to embark on structural economic reforms, starting with cuts to fuel subsidies and providing tax incentives to lure foreign businesses. Widodo, who is currently governor of Jakarta, spoke ...

  • Myanmar census yields surprises, mixed reactions

    YANGON -- A surprise downward revision to Myanmar's population count could force economists and government planners to revise key economic indicators. More significantly, say analysts, the change highlights the wider problem of unreliable data for co...

  • All the generals' men -- and two women: Thailand's new interim cabinet

    BANGKOK -- Thailand's military leaders put another crucial element of their interim administration into place with the surprise weekend announcement of a new cabinet. The 33-member cabinet headed by General Prayuth Chan-ocha, who led the May 22 m...

  • Corporations help out in India's fight against child labor

    MUMBAI -- India's robust economic growth has a dark side: the exploitation of at least 5 million children in often dangerous working conditions. Foreign corporations, however, are working to put an end to this practice, with companies from Japan and ...

  • Thai junta leader stacks cabinet with fellow military officials

    BANGKOK -- Active or retired military officials have landed 11 of 32 posts in the new cabinet of Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, Thailand's army chief and interim prime minister. Prayuth, who took office as prime minister Aug. 25 after being elected by t...

  • Ministry confirms 19 new cases of dengue fever in Tokyo

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Nineteen more people were confirmed by the health ministry on Monday to have contracted dengue fever in Tokyo, following three last week and bringing the total number to 22 in the first cases of domestic infection in Japan since 1945...

  • Suspended driving licenses eyed over possession of quasi-legal drugs

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Tokyo police plans to suspend for up to six months the driving licenses of drivers who possess so-called quasi-legal drugs, police sources said Monday. The measure will be taken following a series of traffic accidents caused by d...

  • Erdogan draws praise for success, criticism for 'dictatorial' style

    ISTANBUL -- Recep Tayyip Erdogan's inauguration as Turkey's first directly elected president is stirring controversy in the country. While some laud his efforts to raise the country's international profile on both economic and diplomatic fronts, othe...

  • Abe seeks to solidify party support via leadership reshuffle

    TOKYO -- As he reshuffles both his cabinet and the ruling Liberal Democratic Party leadership, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe aims to appoint a seasoned party faction leader to the third-highest position in the LDP to strengthen the government's support. ...