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- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged on Monday to push on with painful reforms aimed at fixing Japan's economic woes after voters handed him a handsome majority in upper house polls.
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- A majority of people worldwide believes corruption has worsened in the last two years and they see governments as less effective at fighting it since the 2008 financial crisis, a survey by Transparency International organization showed on Tuesday.
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- A government council on social security reform is expected to focus on increasing support for children and future generations in its report due out in early April, according to a draft discussed Friday, July 11.
Prefectural governors on Monday discussed proposals to realign the 47 prefectures into bigger and more powerful regional governments.
On the first day of a two-day meeting, members of the National Governors’ Association also discussed the decentralization of central government functions and measures to secure stable financial resources for local governments.
- From the post-World War 2 era until the late eighties, Japan stood unrivaled as the premier electronics and automobile exporter in the world. From Sony to Toyota, the quality and reliability of Japanese products set a standard to which many western manufacturers still aspire.
- Four members of a Japanese government team that sets atomic reactor safety standards received funding from utility companies or nuclear manufacturers, raising questions about their neutrality in the wake of last year’s tsunami-triggered disaster.
Municipal governments nationwide will likely face a shortage of funds at the end of this year due to the central government's failure to pay tax grants to local governments as scheduled.
The postponement of the tax payments has started affecting municipal and prefectural governments.
If the situation drags on, many municipalities will likely stagnate financially because they would have to pay for public works and services out of their own reserves.
The Japan Tourism Agency plans to help municipalities attract international conferences and other events in which many people from around the world are expected to participate, according to officials.
The agency expects such events would have substantial ripple effects on the local economy and tourism, the officials said.
Such meetings, conventions and events include corporate conferences, trips planned by companies as a reward or training for employees, general assemblies hosted by international and academic organizations, cultural and sporting events, trade shows and exhibitions.