Abe Aide Hints At Delay In Consumption Tax Hike

Abe aide hints at delay in consumption tax hike

A close aide to Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has hinted at the possibility of delaying a consumption tax hike scheduled for October.

The government is preparing to increase the tax from 8 to 10 percent on October 1, but comments by the Liberal Democratic Party's Acting Secretary General, Koichi Hagiuda, have cast doubt on that plan.

Top Court Approves Retrial For Nursing Aide

Top court approves retrial for nursing aide

Japan's Supreme Court has approved a retrial for a former nursing assistant who was convicted of killing an elderly hospital patient by removing his artificial ventilator breathing tube.

The 72-year-old patient was found dead in 2003 at Koto Memorial Hospital in Shiga Prefecture, western Japan.

Former Aide Denies Abe's Instruction

Former aide denies Abe's instruction

A former secretary to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says Abe did not instruct him to convey concerns to the labor ministry about a key monthly survey.

Motoya Nakae testified as an unsworn witness at a Lower House Budget Committee meeting on Monday.

Ghosn Aide May Be Freed On Bail On Friday

Ghosn aide may be freed on bail on Friday

The lawyer for a close aide of former Nissan Motor chairman Carlos Ghosn has asked the Tokyo District Court to release his client on bail.

If approved, Greg Kelly, a former representative director with the firm could be released on bail as early as Friday, after about a month in detention.

Ghosn, Aide Could Be Released On Bail Soon

Ghosn, aide could be released on bail soon

Former Nissan Motor Chairman Carlos Ghosn and his close aide Greg Kelly could be released on bail as soon as Friday.

The Tokyo District Court has turned down prosecutors' request for an extension of their detention beyond Thursday.

Ghosn Ordered Aide To Pay For Home Remodeling

Ghosn ordered aide to pay for home remodeling

Nissan Motor Chairman Carlos Ghosn is suspected of directly instructing his close aide by email to make a 1.5 million dollar payment to remodel his home in Lebanon.

Tokyo prosecutors arrested Ghosn on Monday for allegedly understating his income by 5 billion yen, or about 44 million dollars, in securities reports.

Ghosn's Aide Feared Criticism Of High Pay

Ghosn's aide feared criticism of high pay

NHK has learned that a close aide to Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn told others that Ghosn might be ousted from Renault if his real income had been known.

Ghosn was arrested in Japan on Monday, along with another Nissan executive and Ghosn's close aide Greg Kelly. Ghosn is suspected of underreporting his compensation by a total of about 44 million dollars for 5 years until 2015.

Political Enemies Clash Over Kagoike Letter To Akie Abe's Aide

Political adversaries encounter over Kagoike letter to Akie Abe's aide

A letter that beset Yasunori Kagoike sent to an administration associate doled out to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's significant other is the most recent confirmation the decision and resistance gatherings are jousting over in the Moritomo Gakuen scandal.

Ruling coalition legislators guarantee that Kagoike, the head of the Osaka-based non-public school administrator, got nothing as an end-result of the solicitations illustrated in the letter.

Abe's Aide Meets With Trump's Security Advisor

Abe's aide meets with Trump's security advisorAn aide to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the incoming national security advisor to US President-elect Donald Trump have agreed the 2 leaders should have summit talks at an early date.
Katsuyuki Kawai met with former US Defense Intelligence Agency Director Michael Flynn in Washington on Friday.