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Asahi Shimbun Survey: House of Councillors Proportional Representation Voting, Liberal Democratic Party 41%, Democratic Party of Japan 8%

On July 6 and 7, the Asahi Shimbun conducted a second survey (telephone) in regards to the House of Councillors election. The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) topped the list at 41% (the first survey conducted on June 29 and 30 indicated 44%) of proportional representation votes, followed by the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) at 8% (same as last survey), the Japan Restoration Party at 7% (same as last survey), Your Party at 7% (same as last survey) and the Japanese Communist Party with 5% (same as last survey).

Shinzo Abe

The Third Arrow of Abenomics: TINA

Japan's economy is too large to continue to drift through recession and deflation. In considering the challenges we face, I always start from this basic realization. To put the size of the Japanese economy into context, as measured in nominal GDP, it is larger than Germany and the U.K. combined.

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Parliamentary Vice Minister Masaaki Taira addresses the GR Japan IPF Forum

At a meeting of GR Japan's International Policy Forum on 20 May, Japan's Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry, Masaaki Taira, addressed an audience of business leaders on the Abe government's growth strategy for Japan. New measures include limiting the scope of directors' liability, protecting SMEs from large companies, cutting corporation tax, easing consumer finance regulations to expand the availability of credit and lifting the current ban on casinos and integrated resorts.

Shinzo Abe

Abenomics: 100 days after taking power

Since taking the helm as prime minister for the second time last December, Abe Shinzō has focused on economic policy, including the adoption of an inflation target. The market has responded favorably, and the national mind-set seems to be shifting. Journalist Abe Jun'ichi assesses the first 100 days of the Abe administration. 

Priorities for Japan's Defense Policy

Priorities for Japan's Defense Policy

Following last December’s election victory by the Liberal Democratic Party, its leader, Abe Shinzō, started his second term as prime minister (having previously held the post for a year in 2006–7). Among the first actions he took after forming his cabinet was to call for a review of Japan’s security and defense policies. 

Shinzo Abe

NY Times: Japan serious about joining TPP negotiations

New York Times run this article on 16 March 2013, reporting on Prime Minister Abe's televised speech on 15 March calling for Japan to join negotiations joining the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP). Japan will seek to join negotiations for a free-trade pact with the United States and other Pacific nations, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Friday, giving heft to talks that could encompass two-fifths of the world economy but also adding a country with demands and reservations that some participants fear will delay an agreement.

Yoshihasa Hayashi

Minister of Agriculture- Japan to start TPP access negotiations afte upper house elections

On a TV show on 18 January, the Minster of Agriculture Yoshimasa Hayashi said he believes that Japan's participation will be crucial for the success of the TPP. He believes that, as good and trusted partner, the U.S. will grant necessary exceptions from tariff reductions, notably for rice. According to Hayashi, Japan will be in a position to take a lead in the discussions after this summers election to the House of Councilors, scheduled for July. 

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