Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be seeking to put a strong U.S.-Japan alliance on full display in the face of potential threats in Asia when he meets U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday.» Read More
TOKYO, Dec 4- With less than two weeks left to the Dec. 16 election, Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda is displaying the same quiet determination that helped him clinch a breakthrough deal on his controversial plan to raise the country's sales tax. His Democratic Party of Japan is also narrowing an albeit large gap with Abe's Liberal Democratic Party.
*Focus on nuclear power, economy and China.
Dec 4- Japan holds an election for parliament's lower house on Dec. 16, with opinion polls suggesting that the long-dominant Liberal Democratic Party will return to power after three years in opposition. Below are some key facts about Japan's political parties.
In a sign that last year's nuclear crisis still weighs on Japan's national psyche, both former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the opposition Liberal Democratic Party leader, and Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda kicked off the campaign in the northeastern prefecture of Fukushima, site of the world's worst radiation disaster in a quarter century.
TOKYO, Dec 3- Japan's opposition Liberal Democratic Party's lead over the ruling Democrats and a new group led by a nationalist former governor of Tokyo narrowed with two weeks left to a Dec. 16 lower house election, newspaper surveys showed on Monday.
TOKYO, Dec 3- Japan's largest opposition Liberal Democratic Party kept its lead against the ruling Democratic Party and a new group led by a nationalist former governor of Tokyo ahead of a Dec. 16 lower house election, newspaper surveys showed on Monday.
Japan's industrial output unexpectedly rose in October, in a sign the world's third-largest economy may have seen the worst.
WASHINGTON, Nov 29- U.S.-led talks on a free-trade pact in the Asia-Pacific region are entering a potential make-or-break stage, putting pressure on President Barack Obama and other leaders to sacrifice sensitive domestic interests for a big deal to boost growth.
Japanese retail sales fell 1.2 percent in October from a year earlier, government data showed on Thursday, adding to mounting evidence that the economy has fallen into a mild recession.
The Bank of Japan should expand its quantitative easing and keep interest rates virtually at zero until 1 percent inflation is achieved, so as to help ensure an escape from nagging deflation, the OECD said on Tuesday.
Tomohiko Taniguchi, Special Guest Professor from the Graduate School of SDM, Keio University discusses the future of the Bank of Japan and the development of the energy policy under a Shinzo Abe-led government.
TOKYO, Nov 2- Japan looks poised to avoid falling off its own version of a' fiscal cliff' after the main opposition party signalled it will no longer hold a critical deficit financing bill hostage to its push for an early election.
*U.S., Japan fiscal problems, euro crisis main economic risks. TOKYO, Nov 1- Japan's government is ready to compromise with the opposition to pass a crucial bill needed to prevent a crippling funding shortfall, Vice Finance Minister Tsutomu Okubo said on Thursday, urging the opposition to spell out terms.
BERLIN- German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny. TOKYO- Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg visits Japan and meets with Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda. **BAMAKO/ DAKAR- German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle visits Mali and Senegal.
TOKYO, Nov 1- Japan's government is ready to strike a deal with the opposition to pass a critical bill needed to prevent a severe funding squeeze and it is now up to the opposition to spell out its conditions, Vice Finance Minister Tsutomu Okubo said on Thursday.
ROME- Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi faced a fresh setback on Monday as early counting in a local election in Sicily showed his divided centre-right party trailing in a former stronghold and big gains for the anti-establishment 5 Star Movement.
WASHINGTON- With one week left in the tight battle for the White House, it's all about the vital swing state of Ohio. Unless it's about Colorado- or Iowa, or tiny New Hampshire.
TOKYO, Oct 29- Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda made clear on Monday he was in no rush to go to the polls, speaking of the risk of a ``political vacuum'' in a speech likely to anger an opposition that has urged him to keep a promise to call an election soon.
TOKYO, Oct 29- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda made clear on Monday he is in no rush to go to the polls, speaking of unfinished business and the risk of a ``political vacuum'' in a speech likely to anger the opposition, which has been urging him to keep a promise to call an election soon.
*BOJ seen cutting econ forecasts, easing on Oct. 30. TOKYO, Oct 26- Japan's core consumer prices fell for the fifth straight month in the year to September, showing the economy remained mired in deflation and keeping the pressure on the central bank to do more to achieve its inflation target.