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.
Trade chiefs from 12 countries involved in an ambitious Pacific free trade initiative started a three-day meeting Saturday in Sydney in a bid to make progress toward a U.S.-proposed goal of reaching a deal by year-end. (Kyodo)
Japan will check the recent travel histories of all people arriving at international airports in the country to identify those who have visited Ebola-affected West African countries, the health ministry said Friday. (The Japan News)
The government said Friday it has chosen Nobel physics prize laureates Shuji Nakamura and Hiroshi Amano and five others as this year's winners of Japan's top cultural award, the Order of Culture. (Kyodo)