Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the deflation that wiped out much of Japan’s growth the past 15 years and so stunted the economy that it slipped to No. 3 behind China, has ended and will be thwarted by new government policies designed to encourage business expansion.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces another prominent opponent to his plans to return to nuclear power after the Fukushima disaster, as a former political mentor called for Japan to immediately abandon its reactors.
Japan said it would lift some sanction against North Korea and consider humanitarian aid after the Kim Jong Un regime agreed to carry out a comprehensive investigation into the fate of more than a dozen Japanese citizens the North kidnapped in the 1970s and 1980s.
More than two decades after a short- lived effort to shake up Japanese politics, Morihiro Hosokawa is taking another crack at a lasting legacy -- with a bid to permanently shutter the nation’s nuclear reactors in a challenge to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.