ECONOMY

Aug 24
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda on Tuesday stressed the importance of taking measures against cyberattacks to promote fintech, or innovative financial services using information technology. (Jiji Press)
Aug 23
Shinzo Abe doesn't wear a wizard's hat. Nor is the prime minister known to be skilled in sorcery, voodoo or hypnosis. And yet somehow Abenomics entranced millions for nearly three years, none more so than the MBA set in New York and London that should have known better. (Japan Times)
Aug 23
Growing market speculation that the Japanese government will not intervene in the currency market any time soon is threatening to remove what little downward pressure still remains on the yen. (Nikkei)
Aug 22
There is a "sufficient chance" the Bank of Japan will add to its unprecedented easing at next month's policy meeting, Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda said in a recent interview published in the Sankei newspaper. (Japan Times)
Aug 19
Japanese shoppers are paying less for everyday goods as companies lose their will for price hikes amid anemic wage growth, a development that likely will factor into the Bank of Japan's upcoming policy review. (Nikkei)

Aug 18
Japan logged a customs-cleared trade surplus of 513.5 billion yen in July, compared with a deficit of 261.4 billion yen a year before, the Ministry of Finance said Thursday. (Jiji Press)
Aug 18
The clear favorite to become the first female leader of Japan's biggest opposition party believes Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's signature "Abenomics" policy has stalled and a change of gear is needed to favor people over corporations. (Japan Today)
Aug 17
A record number of employers that accept trainees under Japan's Technical Intern Training Program for foreigners violated labor laws in 2015, the labor ministry said Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
Aug 15
Japan's economy grew at a slower than forecast 0.2 percent annual rate in the April-June quarter, as the recovery was sapped by weaker exports and business investment, the government said Monday. (Japan Times)
Aug 10
As Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sees it, the tight labor market is a key success of his economic strategy: The unemployment rate is the lowest in 21 years and the job-to-applicant ratio is the highest in 25 years. (Japan Times)

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