Prime Minister Abe Shinzo visited the Sultanate of Oman.
Jan 07, 2014
Japan-Turkey Summit Meeting
Prime Minister Abe Shinzo held talks with H.E. Prime Minister Erdoğan, Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey. At a banquet in the evening, PM said, “The Ertuğrul Frigate (1890) and the rescue of Japanese in Tehran International Airport (1985) are shared parts of our history. Turkey returned the assistance it had received at sea 95 years later in the air. And then there is also the selfless assistance our countries offered to each other during the Great East Japan Earthquake and the Earthquake in the Republic of Turkey’s Eastern Region. I expect that these bonds forged between our peoples will continue to grow even stronger and that connections will be made at an even deeper level.
Foreign Minister Kishida Fumio visited Spain, the first foreign country he visited this year, to mark the 400th Anniversary of Japan-Spain Relations.
Jan 07, 2014
At a New Year Party
“This year as well, I want to continue to place the utmost priority on the economy, encouraging even stronger growth in the economy of Japan. That is why we will raise consumption tax from 5% to 8% in April. This is important for responding to the growing cost of social security, and is being done to fulfill our responsibility to pass on to the next generation a social security system that Japan can be proud of before the rest of the world,” said Prime Minister Abe Shinzo at the New Year Party by Jiji Press.
Jan 07, 2014
Prime Minister Abe Shinzo attended a ceremony of raising a signboard for the National Security Secretariat, Cabinet Secretariat.
Jan 07, 2014
“I believe that this past year has been one in which we have started to restore lost confidence. […] We are entering a critical stage. That is why we will raise consumption tax from 5% to 8% in April. “We must not let go of the chance that we have finally seized to potentially overcome deflation. […] This is exactly why we are alleviating the impact that raising the consumption tax will have by undertaking other tax measures, including 5.5 trillion yen in economic measures and 1 trillion yen in tax breaks for capital investment and other activities. I hope to recover our current strength and put Japan back on its current path toward growth from July.”
Prime Minister Abe Shinzo said at the 2014 New Year Party Jointly Hosted by the Three Economic Associations.
Jan 06, 2014
New Year’s Press Conference by Prime Minister
“Standing on the pitcher’s mound with the bases loaded and no outs, I have thrown with all my might the pitches that I have faith in,” said Prime Minister Abe Shinzo looking back on 2013 at Ise-jingu Shrine, Mie Prefecture.
PM said, “Through my “three arrows” of economic revival, I have transformed the Japanese economy from negative growth to positive growth. The ratio of job offers to job seekers has recovered to 1.0 for the first time in six years. While there are unemployed people now looking for work, their numbers are now matched by the number of available jobs and job offers. Business confidence among small- and medium-sized enterprises is also now changing for the better. At the end of 2013, business sentiment turned positive among manufacturers for the first time in six years, while for non-manufacturers it turned positive for the first time in an astounding 21 years and 10 months.”
“Again this year Japan, acting in coordination with the international community, will play an even more proactive role for world peace and stability than in the past. We must build an age which is free from the sufferings caused by the devastation of war. I believe Japan must be a country which joins hands with friends in Asia and friends around the world to realize the peace of the entire world. As we begin this new year, I have renewed my determination in this regard.”
Prime Minister Abe Shinzo attended the 2013 Year-end Closing Ceremony of the Tokyo Stock Exchange and said, “As a result of our collective hard work and new policies, the economy has shifted dramatically from negative to positive growth, and the average current profits of the 1,300 companies on the TOPIX have increased by 50%. […] In September of this year, I visited the New York Stock Exchange. There, I declared ‘Buy my Abenomics.’ […] Everyone, I have come here to declare that next year too, Abenomics is a ‘buy.’”
Dec 24, 2013
The Monthly Economic Report for December assesses the current state of the Japanese economy, stating that “The Japanese economy is on the way to recovery at a moderate pace. And prices are holding firm (the state is no longer at the stage of deflation).”
Dec 20, 2013
At the Government-Labor-Management Meeting for Realizing a Positive Cycle of the Economy, both the union side and the management side were able to reach a common understanding on the following.
• Ensuring that increases in corporate revenues and profits lead to wage increases and proper subcontract transaction practices;
• Realizing diverse forms of regular employment that meet the needs of each workplace, instead of permanently sticking with the dual work styles of regular and irregular employment; and
• Taking into account the perspective of promoting work-life balance, proactively holding dialogues between labor and management to realize a flexible way of working that satisfies the wishes of individuals and the business needs of companies