Two of Japan’s cabinet ministers were appointed advisers to a pro-gambling group of politicians, possibly smoothing the way for the legalization of casinos after past efforts failed to gain sufficient lawmaker support.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s victory in a ruling party leadership race brings him closer to a decision on whether to call elections as he confronts a slowing economy and a territorial spat with China.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda called for talks to contain economic damage from a diplomatic dispute with China as Japan’s largest trading partner downgraded its delegation to an annual gathering in Tokyo.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda failed to reach agreement with the two largest opposition parties on passing legislation needed to fund government spending amid a standoff over when to call elections.
The head of Japan’s biggest opposition party said he will make Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s management of the world’s third-largest economy a key issue in seeking to unseat him in next month’s election.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s attempt to rein in his country’s ballooning debt by raising the five percent sales tax is in doubt as the main opposition party attempts to force a general election.