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Re: Japanese Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Fri Feb 27, 2009 11:09 pm

Isn't the Japanese tax return deadline on April 15, like it is for the Americans? A date after the tax return deadline and 30 days after this budget's passage could be contemplated.

The G8 Summit is the equivalent of a high-level networking circle. Prime Minister Aso could participate in the summit as a prelude to calling an election.
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Re: Japanese Politics

Postby deja vu on Mon Mar 02, 2009 10:50 pm

Ciel:

Isn't the Japanese tax return deadline on April 15, like it is for the Americans? A date after the tax return deadline and 30 days after this budget's passage could be contemplated.


No idea when their tax deadline is.

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Aso decides he will take cash handout
Now argues consumption needs boost

After several months of equivocating, Prime Minister Taro Aso finally came out and declared Monday evening he will accept his portion of the controversial ¥2 trillion cash handout, contradicting his previous position that he wouldn't take the cash.

"I will accept the cash handout," Aso told reporters. "I will use it immediately to stimulate consumption."

Aso said last year he would not take the cash and went as far as branding rich people who accepted it as "mean-spirited." Aso, the grandson of the late Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida, is an heir to a major coal mining and cement business in Fukuoka Prefecture.

He has been accused of constantly flip-flopping over policies and contradicting himself. But Monday night he denied such criticism, stressing the objective of the cash handout scheme has shifted from supporting people's livelihoods to expanding domestic demand through consumption.

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20090303a1.html
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Re: Japanese Politics

Postby deja vu on Tue Mar 03, 2009 8:18 pm

Key Ozawa aide arrested over illegal funds


The chief secretary of Ichiro Ozawa, head of the Democratic Party of Japan and a leading candidate to be the next prime minister, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of accepting illegal corporate donations, prosecutors said.

Takanori Okubo serves as chief accountant of Ozawa's political body, Rikuzankai, which allegedly took money from scandal-tainted Nishimatsu Construction Co., according to investigative sources.

Ozawa is in line to become prime minister if his party wins the next general election, which must be held by autumn.

Rikuzankai allegedly got the funds from two groups headed by an ex-Nishimatsu official, breaking the political funds control law, the sources said.

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20090304a1.html


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Re: Japanese Politics

Postby dreamon on Wed Mar 04, 2009 10:05 am

Japan clears cash hand-out bill

Japan's parliament has passed legislation to give a cash hand-out to every resident in attempt to boost the recession-hit economy.

Most people will get at least 12,000 yen ($121; £86) under the $20bn plan. But there are fears many Japanese, who have a strong tradition of saving, will hang on to the cash and not spend it.

The cash hand-out forms the centrepiece of a stimulus package to revive Japan's economy, which is in a far sharper recession than the US or Europe.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7922815.stm


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Re: Japanese Politics

Postby gossamer on Thu Mar 05, 2009 7:39 pm

Ozawa tied to Nishimatsu cash
Grilling over ¥300 million eyed; LDP fund body also implicated


Nishimatsu Construction Co. has provided opposition leader Ichiro Ozawa's office with about ¥25 million in donations a year since around 1995 for a total of about ¥300 million over more than 10 years, sources said Thursday.

Two ex-Nishimatsu officials arrested Tuesday together with Ozawa's top aide, Takanori Okubo, have told investigators the contractor made the donations to Ozawa's office in an attempt to win contracts for public works projects in the Tohoku region, Ozawa's political base, the sources said.

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Re: Japanese Politics

Postby fishandchips on Thu Mar 05, 2009 9:26 pm

Oh, oh--construction donations to politicians. That is "bad political optics 101." How many bridges got built?
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Re: Japanese Politics

Postby deja vu on Sun Mar 08, 2009 8:28 pm

Most people want Ozawa to step down
Poll also finds modest gain for Aso

More than 60 percent of people want Ichiro Ozawa to resign as head of the Democratic Party of Japan over the fundraising scandal that led to the arrest of his chief secretary, a poll showed Sunday.

In a telephone survey conducted Saturday and Sunday by Kyodo News, 61.1 percent of the respondents said Ozawa should quit as DPJ leader, while 28.9 percent said he should stay on.

The poll also found that the support rate for the Cabinet of Prime Minister Taro Aso increased to 16.0 percent, edging 2.6 percentage points higher than in the previous poll Feb. 17 to 18. The disapproval rate was down 5.8 points to 70.8 percent.

The survey, conducted by randomly choosing telephone numbers, received valid responses from 1,032 people.


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Re: Japanese Politics

Postby deja vu on Sun Mar 15, 2009 10:37 pm

Aso again says no election soon
Dealing with economic crisis takes priority


Prime Minister Taro Aso indicated Sunday he is unlikely to dissolve the House of Representatives this spring, saying he needs to focus on boosting the economy and improving the difficult employment situation.

"I believe public hopes of (improvements in) economic and employment conditions are very high . . . and calls for fiscal stimulus measures worth 2 percent of GDP are also mounting around the world," Aso said in an interview with NHK.

"So, at this point, I cannot say that I will dissolve (the Lower House) in May or June," he said.

Aso, who took office in September, has said he won't hold the general election until the government budget and related bills, which are to finance his economic stimulus measures, clear the Diet, saying he needs to focus on steering the country out of the recession.

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20090316a2.html
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Re: Japanese Politics

Postby deja vu on Mon Mar 23, 2009 10:12 pm

Ozawa secretary set to be charged


Prosecutors plan to indict on Tuesday the secretary of Democratic Party of Japan President Ichiro Ozawa over the fundraising scandal that has deviled the opposition party since early this month, according to sources.

Ozawa is expected to announce, possibly also Tuesday, whether he will resign from his post. Some in his party have expressed support, saying he doesn't need to step down even if Takanori Okubo, 47, is indicted.

Okubo was arrested March 3 on suspicion of taking illegal donations from Nishimatsu Construction Co. and falsely reporting them as donations from dummy entities in violation of the political funds control law. Corporations are banned from making contributions to individual politicians.

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20090324a2.html


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Re: Japanese Politics

Postby deja vu on Mon Apr 06, 2009 4:17 pm

Japan in 10 trillion yen stimulus

Japan is to implement another fiscal stimulus plan of more than 10tn yen ($99bn; £66bn) to fight the recession.

It comes on top of 12tn yen of stimulus spending that has already been agreed. The new sum amounts to more than 2% of the annual output of Japan's economy. Finance Minister Kaoru Yosano said details of the new package should be finalised by Friday.

It will create a financial safety net for temporary workers, boost struggling firms and support regional economies.

'Compile measures'

The money will also be used to promote solar energy generators, as well as to support nursing and medical services. The slowdown in the world's second-biggest economy is steeper than that being experienced in the US or Europe.

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