Japan's parliament OKs nominations for new BOJ leadership
Kyodo -- Mar 15
Japan's parliament approved on Friday the nominations of Haruhiko Kuroda for Bank of Japan governor and Kikuo Iwata and Hiroshi Nakaso for deputy chiefs, paving the way for further monetary easing to invigorate the deflation-beset economy.
The House of Councillors, the upper house, voted for the government's selection of Asian Development Bank President Kuroda, 68, Gakushuin University professor Iwata, 70, and BOJ Executive Director Nakaso, 59, despite the ruling coalition's lack of a majority in the chamber.
As Kuroda and Iwata, strong proponents of bold credit easing, have pledged to achieve a 2 percent inflation target within two years, criticizing the monetary policy under the present BOJ regime, they are expected to act swiftly after taking office next Wednesday, analysts said.
Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Monday the government has identified the country whose submarine was detected while submerged the previous day near Okinawa and will call for such encroachments to cease. (Japan Times )
North Korea has fired its fourth missile in two days despite international condemnation against the tests. Meanwhile, UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged a return to talks on the Korean peninsula to mitigate tensions. (Deutsche Welle )
The number of visitors to the observation deck of Tokyo Skytree, the world's tallest broadcasting tower at 634 meters, reached 6.34 million on Monday, matching the numerals of its height two days before the first anniversary of its opening, according to the operator. (Kyodo )
Toru Hashimoto, co-head of Nippon Ishin No Kai (Japan Restoration Party), told Shintaro Ishihara, the other co-leader of the Japanese opposition party, on Sunday that he has no intention to withdraw his recent remarks that have triggered outrage both at home and abroad. (Jiji Press )
China's television regulator has ordered a crackdown on dramas about the country's battles with Japan during and before World War Two and demanded they be more serious, state media said on Friday, following viewer complaints about ludicrous storylines. (Reuters )
Shukan Post (May 24) conveys the difficulties experienced by other parts of the adult-entertainment biz in servicing customers from the communist nation.
A deri heru (“delivery health”) call-girl tells the tabloid that she is often requested to arrive at major hotels in the Shinjuku and Ikebukuro entertainment areas of Tokyo by Chinese visitors. (Tokyo Reporter)