Oct 08
A government survey shows sentiment has worsened for the second month in a row. The slowdown in China is a big factor. (NHK)
Oct 08
The Bank of Japan decided to keep its monetary policy unchanged at a two-day Policy Board meeting that ended Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
Oct 07
Japan's economy will expand at a slower rate than previously forecast this year and next, the International Monetary Fund warned Tuesday, in another blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's stuttering growth blitz. (AFP)
Oct 06
Delegates from 12 countries participating in talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact reached an agreement and issued a joint statement Monday morning. (The Japan News)
Oct 05
At 11.30am on June 30, 71-year-old Haruo Hayashizaki boarded a train bound for Osaka, poured petrol over his head and set himself on fire. The heat was so intense, it melted the carriage ceiling. Hayashizaki's suicide also killed 52-year-old Yoshiko Kuwabara. (
Oct 05
Delegates from 12 countries taking part in talks over the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact Saturday morning here decided to extend the talks for another day through Sunday, aiming to reach a broad agreement in three areas, including biopharmaceuticals. (The Japan News)
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)