Abe Offers Support to Syria’s Opposition

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has decided to send supplies to Syria’s opposition forces. It would be the first time for Japan to do so. He will announce the decision at the upcoming G8 summit in Northern Ireland.

Syria’s civil war is expected to be one of the issues on the agenda at the G8 meeting starting next Monday.

Abe says Japan will provide the rebels with supplies such as vehicles and power generators.

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Abe says BOJ should have Kuroda at helm

The Liberal Democratic Party-led government will nominate Asian Development Bank President Haruhiko Kuroda as the next Bank of Japan governor and scholar Kikuo Iwata as one of two deputy governors, official sources said Monday.Both prospective nominees back Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s focus on aggressive monetary easing to defeat deflation.During a meeting, Abe informed Natsuo Yamaguchi, leader of New Komeito, of his intention to nominate Kuroda, 68, as BOJ chief, and Gakushuin University professor Iwata, 70, and BOJ Executive Director Hiroshi Nakaso, 59, as the central bank’s two deputies, the sources said.

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Shinzo Abe: Japan’s True PM for the People – Going Where no PM has Gone Before – Finally

Shinzo Abe in his second round as Prime Minister of Japan, has drawn a line in the sand, grown a backbone, and turned around a pathetically apologetic image of Japan. He’s taken the prosperity of Japan and but it back into the hands of its people and its government. He’s also taken pride in what it is to be Japanese. He’s done this all in the name of the Japanese people, who have needed in the wake of increasing aggression and slanderous misinformation from both Korea and China to once again take pride in themselves and in their country. The values of the people of Japan today have not anything to do with the apologies of the past, despite the fuel that is leading to continued hostility — see the latest missteps of the New York State Senate passing laws on comfort women for Korea to the latest actions of both China and Korea to still try to extract and more importantly expect money and apologies for war crimes of WWII that are over 70 years past all while questioning claims to territory and testing boundaries.

What a wondrous Prime Minister to bring pride to his country once again and to stand up to ridiculous ridicule. There is no more time for apologies or for compensation for past accusations or aggressions. The time is now, and now is hostile and abusive carelessness in it’s recurring and regressive nature. Peace should be what these countries should be offering future generations. Change should be what matters, not the past. Abe is delivering this. He’s delivering great change.

However, there’s no reason for Japan to ever doubt its ability to change or it’s place in the world. They are a major player on the world stage and can have top billing, if they so care to take the role. Shinzo Abe has spoken for the people of Japan and has cast himself into a new era of change that Japan and its people will have to recognize. May the people of Japan be with him as he continues to lead them into the future.

If the rest of asia wishes to continue down the road they are paving, then what of tomorrow? Are they doomed to repeat the past since they seem to not be able to move past it?

Will Abe end the cycle of 1-year PM’s in Japan? Will his support and the new found strength of Japan continue and last?

Abe urges Japanese companies to raise wages for workers to beat deflation

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is urging business leaders to raise wages, saying it could help stimulate domestic demand and beat chronic deflation.

“We’ll ask for the cooperation of companies whose performance is improving” in a bid to boost national income through wage increases, Abe said during a meeting Tuesday of the Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy, the government’s key economic panel.

It is rare for a prime minister to directly put pressure on business circles to raise wages. Pay is usually determined through negotiations between management and labor.

Akira Amari, economic and fiscal policy minister, said at a news conference after the meeting that the government has also started to consider effective measures to promote business spending and to bolster employment of women, as well as young and elderly people.

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Abenomics: Japan Inc. Begins Reaping Benefits of a Weaker Yen

Japan’s major exporters are quickly reaping the benefits of a weaker yen, upgrading profit projections and inspiring confidence in the ability of a newly elected government and a more dovish central bank to steer the country out of two decades of economic malaise.

Toyota Motor Corp. underscored the new air of optimism on Tuesday when the auto giant hiked its profit forecast for the current fiscal year to a five-year peak. This followed similar upward revisions last week by Nintendo Co. and Japan Tobacco Inc. A weaker currency, coupled with a recent wave of cost-cutting in autos, electronics and other key sectors, signals a surge in profitability for Japan Inc.

In the markets, it’s being called “Abenomics,” named for the new Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, who has taken his overwhelming victory in December as a green light to pursue an economic revival strategy centred on massive infrastructure spending, more debt financing and monetary policies designed to depreciate the currency and put some inflation back into the deflation-prone economy.

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Abe Opens Diet with Economy, Reconstruction, Security in Focus

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivered his inaugural policy speech Monday to kick off the 150-day Diet session, focusing on how he will “revitalize” the economy but omitting his contentious, right-leaning diplomatic and historical rhetoric.

Abe emphasized his determination to overcome the country’s decades-old economic slump, reconstruct the disaster-hit Tohoku region, strengthen Japan’s security alliance with the United States and enhance diplomatic ties with Southeast Asia.

“The biggest and most urgent agenda item for our country is revitalization of the economy,” Abe said in the speech.

“I will focus most on the economic revitalization because I believe prolonged deflation and appreciation of the yen’s value have rocked the foundation of the social belief that ‘people who work hard will be rewarded.’ ”

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