Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is believed to go ahead with a consumption tax hike in April next year as planned, a Liberal Democratic Party heavyweight said Sunday.
If Abe says he will start over from scratch a consumption tax increase, he would suffer grave damage, Nobutaka Machimura, former chief cabinet secretary, said at a press conference held after a meeting of his intraparty faction in Karuizawa in the central Japan prefecture of Nagano.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Monday the Japanese government will consider stopping financial contributions to UNESCO or reducing the amount, given the U.N. body's decision to add Chinese documents on the Nanjing Massacre to the "Memory of the World" program. (Kyodo)
Mount Fuji has been capped with the snow for the first time this season. Weather officials say the iconic mountain was capped with snow 5 days earlier than last year but 11 days later than usual. (NHK)
Police in Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture, said Tuesday they have arrested a 23-year-old man over the death of a 57-year-old man who was found bleeding from a head injury on a street early Sunday morning. (Japan Today)