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- updates on some important government councils, especially those in which our executive officers serve as the members,
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This Week’s “Nagata-cho” (17-24.Sep, 2013)

 Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Finance Minister and Deputy Prime
Minister Taro Aso had a meeting on September 18 to discuss the 5
trillion yen of economic stimulus to relieve potential negative
economic impacts of the consumption tax hike to 8% scheduled in April
2014. Abe seemed to have requested to entail a large corporate tax
reduction, while Aso, eyeing keeping balance of the countrys finance,
is in favor of compiling a supplementary budget to simply aid
low-income brochures and to add public works projects.
 Likewise, there are different views on the budget and economic policy
within the Abe Cabinet. While Abe, Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga and
the economic and fiscal policy minister Amari are rather positive on a
corporate tax reduction with an eye to accelerate the nascent economic
circulation, Aso, leading the Ministry of Finance, and many members of
the ruling Liberal Democratic Partys tax panel take the cautious

 Abe met Aso and Amari again on September 20 and agreed on the
framework of the 5 trillion yen of economic stimulus. It entailed (1)
expansion of corporate tax reduction and investment money to the
corporations which raised wages, (2) abolishment of the exceptional
corporate tax rate for reconstruction one year in advance of the
legislation, (3) maintaining the 35 trillion yen of reconstruction
fund until 2015, and to (4) entail measures in the economic stimulus
to make sure that the reduced tax would be reflected into wage
increases. While Aso suggested implementing the tax reduction from FY
2015, Abe didnt accept the suggestion and postponed it to a next
meeting scheduled on September 30. Further, the economic stimulus will
likely entail other corporate tax reductions and deductions as well as
additional public works projects concerning the countrys roads,
tunnels, bridges, etc. Yet, there are persistent, cautious voices
toward the corporate tax reduction not only from the LDP itself but
its coalition partner New Komeito, so the LDPs tax panel postponed
reaching a conclusion to its next meeting scheduled on September 27.

 Abe officially decided to reappoint all the LDP executive officers
whose terms are expiring this month and all the Cabinet ministers in a
meeting on September 17. Still, considering feelings of the partys
young and middle-class lawmakers and their guardian faction leaders,
Abe will likely reshuffle the vice-ministers and parliamentary
secretaries on September 30.

 Abe Cabinet plans to submit bills to reform the civil service system
to realize a politically-initiated government in the next Diet session.
The bills include the ideas such as an establishment of Cabinet
Personnel Bureau to control nominations of about 600 high-class
officials, personnel evaluation and examination, training programs,
etc., or an increase of the advisory positions to Prime Minister from
the current 5 to 10. But since there are internal oppositions from
both the existing government ministries such as the National Personnel
Authority and LDP, underground negotiations and bargaining from
various grounds will likely continue for a little while.


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