ECONOMY – 6

Oct 26
Japan will face a shortage of 6.44 million workers in 2030, making wage hikes, increased child care and other labor-related reforms vital to ensuring a stable workforce, according to a joint survey by Persol Research and Consulting and Chuo University released on Tuesday. (Nikkei)
Oct 26
Among low-income households with children in their early teens, 34.7 percent have experienced difficulty buying food for financial reasons, a survey by a Tokyo-based nonprofit organization showed Monday. (Japan Times)
Oct 24
Japan is to stop providing China with government aid next year and start jointly helping developing countries. (NHK)
Oct 22
The government is considering giving effective 2 percent rebates for cashless purchases of all goods and services at small shops after next year’s planned consumption tax hike, it was learned Saturday. (Japan Times)
Oct 19
Investors who collectively placed approximately 100,000 failed share trades may seek compensation after a systems glitch at the Tokyo Stock Exchange last week left some 40 brokerages temporarily unable to place orders, sources said Thursday. (Japan Times)

Oct 16
The Japanese government is looking at how to minimize the impact of the tax hike. (NHK)
Oct 10
The operator of the Tokyo Stock Exchange says trading was partially disrupted due to system trouble on Tuesday but was expected to return to normal on Wednesday. (NHK)
Sep 29
The percentage of working-age women with jobs in Japan reached a record-high 70.0 percent in August, government data showed Friday, underscoring an increase in female workers amid changing attitudes and a deepening labor shortage. (Japan Today)
Sep 26
The world’s third-largest economy has suffered from a caricature. Yes, Japan fell from its pinnacle in the 1990s because of a property crash, enfeebled banks and a dwindling population. But that was then. It’s not falling anymore. (Japan Times)
Sep 21
The Bank of Japan has for years bought Japanese stocks as part of its huge massive monetary easing program to lift the country out of deflation and hit a 2 percent price-stability target. (Nikkei)

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