Yoshihiro Murai, governor of Miyagi, the prefecture that was the ground zero of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, stands before a gathering in Tokyo of 300 representatives of Japan’s biggest companies and community organizations.
Japanese officials stepped up their concern about a rise in the yen that risks undermining exporters, the main source of the nation’s economic recovery.
Two of Japan’s most outspoken politicians agreed to combine forces to bolster their challenge to the nation’s main parties in next month’s election.
Japan’s economy grew at the fastest pace since 2011 in the first quarter as companies stepped up investment and consumers splurged before the first sales-tax rise in 17 years last month.
"The Japanese economy is already starting to recover from the sales-tax hike."
- Takuji Okubo on Nov 19, 2014