ECONOMY – 7

Oct 01
More married women are entering the workforce — even those whose husbands are high earners — apparently because they want to, the labor ministry said Friday. (Japan Times)
Sep 29
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is planning to use the upcoming House of Representatives election to gauge the public’s opinion of his intention to change how increased revenue from the consumption tax hike will be used. (the-japan-news.com)
Sep 27
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reiterated Tuesday his government will hike the consumption tax to 10 percent from the current 8 percent in October 2019 unless a setback such as a major financial crisis or massive earthquake occurs. (Japan Times)
Sep 25
The Bank of Japan's Tankan survey is expected to indicate that Japanese business sentiment is continuing to improve slightly. The report is due out next week. (NHK)
Sep 22
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda defended the BOJ's yield curve control on Thursday, the first anniversary of the key item in the bank's ultraeasy monetary policy regime. (Jiji)

Sep 20
Japan logged a customs-cleared trade surplus of 113.6 billion yen in August, compared with 34.6 billion yen in deficit a year before, the Finance Ministry said in a preliminary report Wednesday. (Jiji)
Sep 20
The average land price in commercial districts in Japan as of July 1 inched up 0.5 pct from a year earlier, mainly reflecting higher demand for hotel and store sites on the back of an increasing number of inbound visitors, a land ministry survey report showed Tuesday. (Jiji)
Sep 17
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike criticized Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Abenomics economic policy mix on Saturday for failing to allow people to feel the benefits of economic growth. (Jiji)
Sep 16
The total amount of money paid to medical institutions in Japan to cover treatment of injuries and diseases fell 0.4 pct from the previous year to 41,286.5 billion yen in fiscal 2016, the health ministry said in a preliminary report Friday. (Jiji)
Sep 11
Further consolidation among Japan's regional banks is inevitable given the rapidly aging population and ultralow interest rates, according to an adviser to the Financial Services Agency. (Japan Times)

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