Japan's tax hike set to clear last hurdle; early election pressure
News On Japan via Reuters -- Aug 07
Japan's ruling Democrats agreed with opposition rivals to hold a final vote on their tax hike plan on Wednesday, which if passed would be a victory for embattled Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, but leave him under pressure to agree to an early election in exchange for support for the rest of his political agenda.
Elections are not due until August 2013 and Noda is reluctant to call an early election, with opinion polls forecasting almost certain defeat for the Democrats.
But opposition rivals are unlikely to give Noda any further support without his commitment to an early election, preferably this year, and will now start horse-trading with a government keen to buy some time before facing voters.
Opposition Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) president Sadakazu Tanigaki told reporters on Monday: "If the bills are enacted, (Noda) needs to go to the people and set things right."
China's television regulator has ordered a crackdown on dramas about the country's battles with Japan during and before World War Two and demanded they be more serious, state media said on Friday, following viewer complaints about ludicrous storylines. (Reuters )
Shukan Post (May 24) conveys the difficulties experienced by other parts of the adult-entertainment biz in servicing customers from the communist nation.
A deri heru (“delivery health”) call-girl tells the tabloid that she is often requested to arrive at major hotels in the Shinjuku and Ikebukuro entertainment areas of Tokyo by Chinese visitors. (Tokyo Reporter)
Police on Friday said that a real estate company employee was stabbed by an unknown assailant in the lobby of an office building near JR Akihabara station. The man is currently in a serious condition in hospital. (Japan Today )