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Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi

Former Prime Minster Koizumi Renounces Nuclear Power

In an interview with the Mainichi Shimbun, former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi made clear his anti-nuclear energy stance. He commented that Japan has “no choice but to get rid of nuclear power” and that the move towards zero nuclear power should happen now otherwise “eliminating nuclear power will become more difficult in the future.”

Shinzo Abe

Abe battles doctors' lobby over 'Third Arrow' reform

Reuters summarizes well the discussion on liberalization of mix treatment under the National Health Insurance scheme.  On one side of the argument is the 165,000-member JMA and health ministry officials, who say they want to protect the cherished principle of universality in a system that has been the envy of much of the developed world.

Akira Amari, the Minister for Economic Revitalization

Amari: Consumption Tax Decision to Come Before APEC Summit

In an interview with NHK regarding the possible consumption tax increase, Akira Amari, the Minister for Economic Revitalization, stated that he believes “it [the decision] will come before the APEC summit meeting at the latest.” The APEC summit is scheduled to begin on October 7.

Shinzo Abe

Consumption Tax Increase: Tapping into Public Opinion

The Wall Street Journal reports that in efforts to include the view of the people on the proposed consumption tax increase, Prime Minister Abe has gathered a group of 59 “knowledgeable people” to express their opinions starting Monday of next week. They will face a panel consisting of Minister for Economic Revitalization Akira Amari, Minister of Finance Taro Aso and Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda. According to Amari, the aim of the hearings is to “provide Mr.

Shinzo Abe

Consumption Tax Increase: Divergence of Views

An interesting article by the Nikkei Shimbun analysing the divergence of views on the consumption tax hike within the Abe Cabinet. Indeed something that will drive markets in weeks to come and a topic for Abe today, his first day back in Nagatacho after a week's summer vacation.