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Jul 15, 2013

Even as election spells Japan PM win, big reform may lose out

TOKYO (Reuters) – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is likely to win a mandate on Sunday for his three-part recipe to end stagnation in the world’s third-biggest economy, but anyone expecting him to use it to push a “Big Bang” reform agenda may need a reality check.

Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party-led bloc is expected to win a hefty majority in a July 21 upper house election, ending a “twisted parliament” in which the opposition controls the upper chamber. Media surveys published on Monday showed the LDP maintained a substantial lead over rival parties.

Jul 15, 2013

Analysis: Even as election spells Japan PM win, big reform may lose out

TOKYO (Reuters) – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is likely to win a mandate on Sunday for his three-part recipe to end stagnation in the world’s third-biggest economy, but anyone expecting him to use it to push a “Big Bang” reform agenda may need a reality check.

Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party-led bloc is expected to win a hefty majority in a July 21 upper house election, ending a “twisted parliament” in which the opposition controls the upper chamber. Media surveys published on Monday showed the LDP maintained a substantial lead over rival parties.

Jul 7, 2013

Japan PM Abe seeks personal redemption in upper house election

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is a man with a mission: to erase the bitter stain of defeat and attain personal political redemption with a victory in a national election this month.

With his Liberal Democratic Party-led coalition (LDP) back in power since December and all but assured of a handsome win in a July 21 poll for parliament’s upper house, Abe might forgiven for slowing his pace a bit.

Jul 6, 2013

Japan PM’s ruling bloc headed for big election win: surveys

TOKYO (Reuters) – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling bloc is headed for a big victory in this month’s upper house election, media surveys show, a win that would end a parliamentary deadlock and set the stage for Japan’s first stable government since 2006.

The anticipated victory would give the Japanese leader a mandate for his “Abenomics” recipe that aims to end prolonged stagnation with a mix of hyper-easy monetary policy, fiscal spending and structural reforms including deregulation.

Jul 2, 2013

Japan two-party politics in doubt as drubbing of Democrats looms

TOKYO (Reuters) – Four years after the Democratic Party of Japan swept to power in a historic election ending decades of one-party dominance, the DPJ looks set for defeat in next month’s upper house poll, raising doubts about its future and prospects for a two-party system that spurs policy debate and weakens vested interests.

The victory by the novice DPJ in 2009 was supposed to signal the coming of age of a two-party system in which two big parties swapped power, ending decades of nearly unbroken rule by the conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).

Jun 26, 2013

Big poll win for Japan PM Abe’s party could defeat bold econ reform

TOKYO (Reuters) – Will the real Shinzo Abe please stand up?

Abe, back as Japan’s premier in a rare second term, is expected to lead his ruling bloc to victory in a July upper house election, but what he will do with the mandate is a puzzle.

Pessimists fear too decisive a win will weaken commitment to reforms needed to end the stagnation that has long plagued the economy.

Jun 26, 2013

Analysis: Big poll win for Japan PM Abe’s party could defeat bold economic reform

TOKYO (Reuters) – Will the real Shinzo Abe please stand up?

Abe, back as Japan’s premier in a rare second term, is expected to lead his ruling bloc to victory in a July upper house election, but what he will do with the mandate is a puzzle.

Pessimists fear too decisive a win will weaken commitment to reforms needed to end the stagnation that has long plagued the economy.

Jun 23, 2013

Japan ruling bloc sweeps Tokyo poll, on track for upper house win

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling bloc swept to victory in a weekend Tokyo election, a sign it’s on track for a hefty win in a July national vote that could strengthen Abe’s hand as he aims to end economic stagnation and bolster defence.

Politicians and pundits have been eyeing the outcome of the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election for clues to how well Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party and its junior partner, the New Komeito, will fare in a July 21 election for parliament’s upper house that opinion polls suggest they will win handily.

Jun 19, 2013

“No, we can’t”-Japan’s conservative values collide with plan to mobilise women for economy

TOKYO, June 20 (Reuters) – Days after Kaoru Shimada and
other Japanese mothers rallied in Tokyo this year to press for
more public daycare, she was shocked to read a local
politician’s blog blasting their “shameless” demands and
asserting kids should be raised at home.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has vowed to take steps, including
expanding daycare, to help mobilise women power as part of his
“Abenomics” plan to end economic stagnation and engineer growth
in a country beset by an ageing, shrinking population.

May 29, 2013

Japan must show path to fiscal reform: coalition partner

TOKYO (Reuters) – A recent rise in Japan’s long-term interest rates to around 1 percent is within a tolerable range, but it is necessary to avoid a marked further rise in bond yields, the secretary-general of Japan’s junior ruling coalition party said on Wednesday.

Yoshihisa Inoue, secretary-general of the New Komeito party, also said that it was necessary for Japan to show a clear path for fixing its tattered state finances. Japan’s public debt is more than twice the value of its 500 trillion yen ($5 trillion) economy.

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      "I direct a team of reporters responsible for covering politics, diplomacy, social and security policies in the world's second-biggest economy, as well as natural disasters, entertainment and lifestyle trends. I have been in my current position since April 1999 and prior to that was Chief Economics Correspondent, Japan."
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