Oct 03
12 Pacific-rim nations are trying to break the logjam on the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade agreement. (NHK)
Oct 03
With the economy weakening markedly, banks are flocking to longer-dated government debt on expectations the Bank of Japan will expand its stimulus program. That's creating fresh challenges for BOJ Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda, who's trying to get banks to buy fewer bonds and lend more. (Japan Times)
Oct 02
A dirty little secret of one Japanese "office lady" stereotype is that some women, dissatisfied with their clerical salaries, augment their earnings by moonlighting as bar hostesses. (Japan Times)
Oct 01
After enacting contentious security bills earlier this month, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has declared that he is refocusing on the economy, with the goal of boosting gross domestic product by 20 percent to ¥600 trillion in 2020. (Japan Times)
Sep 29
On the Tokyo Stock Exchange, the key Nikkei index lost more than 700 points on Tuesday due to fears over the global economic outlook. (NHK)
Sep 29
Akira Amari, Japan's minister for Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks, pledged Tuesday to make the utmost efforts to form a broad agreement among the 12 TPP countries at the ministerial conference starting on Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
Sep 28
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday vowed to further promote initiatives on women's empowerment next year when his country hosts a summit of the Group of Seven industrialized nations. (Japan Today)
Sep 26
Officials from Japan, China and South Korea have wrapped up the 8th round of talks on a free trade deal without narrowing differences. They only agreed to continue negotiations. (NHK)
Sep 26
Japan's consumer prices fell overall in August on cheap oil -- the first decline since the country's current round of monetary easing began in April 2013. But rising food costs held larger sway over consumers' economic outlooks. (Nikkei)
Sep 24
A ceremony was held Wednesday to mark the partial opening of the Thilawa special economic zone, a huge industrial complex being built near Yangon, the largest city in Myanmar. (Jiji Press)