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PM Abe Stresses to Challenge for Better Economic Growth

In his policy speech to the ordinary Diet session on Friday, 22 January, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reassured to tackle the challenges to realize his growth strategy. In addition to the pursuit of better and innovative economic growth, he addressed the diplomatic policies and security issues, touching upon Japan's relations with South Korea, China and Russia,  and briefly mentioned about the revision of the Constitution. For the entire text of his speech, please visit the link below.

GR Japan Seminar: Government Relations Strategies for Success in Global Rule-making

GR Japan is pleased to invite you to a seminar, “Government Relations Strategies for Success in Global Rule-making”, which will be held on Friday, 2 October, at Roppongi Academy Hills.

In this seminar, leading international speakers from the fields of government relations and public policy will share their global experience and talk about best practice for international businesses in this area. They will help you understand and plan effective approaches to government engagement. 

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Jakob Edberg's interview for Svenska Dagbladet

GR Japan's Managing Director, Jakob Edberg, gave an interview for one of the major Swedish newspapers, Svenska Dagbladet. 

The interview was published in the 6 January edition and could be viewed on the following link.

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TEPCO and Chubu Electric in Joint LNG Procurement

In a first such initiative in Japan, two of Japan’s major electric power companies, TEPCO and Chubu Electric, are holding a joint tender for the supply of LNG, inviting about 60 major LNG suppliers to bid. Bids are due by 19 December and a supplier will be chosen in January 2015. 

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Discussions on wage growth with the business and labor unions

Immediately after the elections, PM Abe met business and union representatives to discuss wages. The lack of wage growth, combined with the impact of yen depreciation, is seen as one of the major obstacles to lifting private consumption, an essential part of Abe’s growth strategy.  Rengo, Japan's largest labor union federation, has decided to seek an increase in annual wages of at least 2%, with the Abe administration supporting that goal.