Yoshifumi Takemoto

Income disparity, pandemic in focus as race for next Japan premier kicks off

Sep 17 2021

TOKYO (Reuters) -Candidates vying to become Japan's next prime minister promised to restore popular trust in the ruling party by tackling income disparity, the coronavirus pandemic and climate change as they launched campaigns on Friday.

Japan PM contender Kono wants stimulus to focus on energy, 5G

Sep 16 2021

TOKYO Japan's vaccine minister Taro Kono, running to replace Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, said on Thursday any new economic stimulus measures should prioritise spending on renewable energy and expansion of 5G networks nationwide.

Japan must avoid stifling innovation in regulating stable coins, says govt panel member

Sep 08 2021

* Setting blanket, rigid rules on digital currency questionable

Japan minister Kono may gain rival camp's support in PM race

Sep 07 2021

TOKYO Japanese COVID-19 vaccine minister Taro Kono's chances of becoming the next leader of the ruling party, and subsequently prime minister, were boosted on Tuesday when a rival's party faction splintered.

Japanese PM Suga denies reports of dissolving parliament in mid-September

Sep 01 2021

TOKYO (Reuters) -Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga told reporters on Wednesday that he had no plans to dissolve the country's lower house, in the latest turn of political drama as he fights to hold onto his job.

Japan's retail sales extend gains but COVID-19 challenges persist

Aug 30 2021

TOKYO Japan's retail sales rose for a fifth straight month in July, beating expectations as the consumer sector continued its recovery, although a coronavirus resurgence has cast doubts over the spending outlook.

Risks of party revolt grow for Japan's PM Suga after local poll loss

Aug 23 2021

TOKYO Unpopular Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga looks increasingly vulnerable to a challenge from within his party for the nation's top job after an ally's defeat in a local election on Sunday seen as a referendum on Suga's COVID-19 response.

Japan ex-foreign minister Kishida likely to run in LDP race -Sankei

Aug 22 2021

TOKYO (Reuters) -Japan's former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida is likely to run in the ruling party's leadership race when incumbent Yoshihide Suga's current term ends in September, the Sankei newspaper reported on Monday.

Olympics fail to boost Japan PM Suga's ratings, clouds re-election bid

Aug 13 2021

TOKYO (Reuters) -Support for Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga slid further below 30% in August in a survey by Jiji news agency, a blow for him as members of his party start to question if he should lead them into a general election that must be held by October.

Olympics-Japan considers ban on Olympic spectators, prepares state of emergency for Tokyo

Jul 07 2021

TOKYO (Reuters) -Japan is considering banning all spectators from the Olympics, several sources told Reuters on Wednesday, with authorities expected to declare a state of emergency for Tokyo to contain coronavirus infections 16 days before the Games begin.

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