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.
Typhoon Phanfone is gathering strength in the western Pacific Ocean, with projections showing that it may intensify significantly - likely to super typhoon status - before veering toward mainland Japan by Oct. 5. (mashable.com)
Fukuoka prefectural police continued cracking down on the Kudo-kai crime syndicate with the rearrests Oct. 1 of its two top leaders along with the arrests of seven other members in connection with the stabbing of a nurse. (Asahi)
Police in Tokyo said Saturday they have arrested a 24-year-old clerk at the Tokyo District Court and a 39-year-old employee of the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ on suspicion of molesting a woman in her 20s on the subway. (Japan Today)