ECONOMY

Feb 22
While President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership initially put the deal on life support in January 2017, details released Wednesday revealed that the remaining 11 countries have managed to agree on terms close to the agreement’s original form. (Japan Times)
Feb 21
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday instructed related cabinet ministers to consider measures to prevent a possible fallback of the country's economy after the consumption tax hike planned for October 2019 and the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics and Paralympics. (Jiji)
Feb 19
Amid stalling inflation and ballooning government spending, the Japanese government is growing more dependent on the Bank of Japan's colossal monetary easing policy engineered by Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda. (Nikkei)
Feb 19
Financial market experts foresee little change in the Bank of Japan's policy posture at least for the time being after its new leaders take office in spring. (Jiji)
Feb 17
The Japanese government decided at a meeting of related ministers on Friday to raise the retirement age for national public servants from the current 60 to 65 in stages. (Jiji)

Feb 16
After two years of the Bank of Japan guiding key interest rates into negative territory, lenders here have seen loan rates slide toward zero, pushing financial institutions to reassess their business models. (Nikkei)
Feb 15
Japan's Cabinet Office says the country's Gross Domestic Product from October to December 2017 grew 0.1 percent compared to the previous quarter based on preliminary data. (NHK)
Feb 14
U.S. President Donald Trump expressed willingness Monday to impose "a reciprocal tax" against countries having trade surplus with the United States, including allies such as Japan. (Jiji)
Feb 10
Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda is expected to continue his massive monetary easing campaign in his second term as prices remain stagnant, though calls for an exit strategy could grow louder as his global peers roll back stimulus. (Nikkei)
Feb 10
Japan's government debt has reached a record high, due to a heavy reliance on government bonds. (NHK)