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2009-05-28 14:28:56

Ruling and opposition parties in Japan agreed to a record $144 billion supplemental budget that will go to a parliamentary vote. Although the spending measure is likely to lose in the upper house, approval in the House of Representatives will carry the measure, as that vote would trump the vote in the House of Councilors -- the upper house -- Kyodo news reported Thursday. The vote is expected Friday. Also on the agenda for Friday, representatives will vote on establishing a consumer affairs...

2008-09-30 06:00:19

Text of report in English by Japan's largest news agency Kyodo Tokyo, Sept. 30 Kyodo - Prime Minister Taro Aso on Tuesday instructed Tadamori Oshima, the diet affairs committee chief of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, to launch parliamentary deliberations on the fiscal 2008 supplementary budget to implement comprehensive economic measures, given the financial turmoil in the wake of the US Congress's rejection of the financial bailout package. The move has stirred expectations among...

2005-10-14 02:16:56

By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan enacted laws on Friday to privatize the postal system, including the world's biggest savings bank, a reform that Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has long advocated as a vital step to streamline the economy. Parliament's upper house, whose rejection of the bills in August triggered a general election that the ruling camp won by a landslide, approved the legislation by a vote of 134 to 100 following adoption by the more powerful lower chamber on...

Word of the Day
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
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