Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda reiterated yesterday the need to trim the scale of government to win public support for doubling the nation’s 5 percent consumption tax.
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.
"If I had not nationalized them, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government would have bought them. Governor Ishihara would have bought them and he would have made drastic changes on the islands, such as building a shelter for boats."
- Yoshihiko Noda on Aug 22, 2014