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Japan Sends Delegation to Malaysia for TPP Negotiations

A 100-member delegation left Japan to participate in the Trans-Pacific Parternship (TPP) negotiations that began last week in Malaysia. Led by Deputy Foreign Minister Koji Tsuruoka, the delegation also consists of representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.


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.

IPF Forum

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.