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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)
Sep 09
Japan's agriculture ministry said Friday it has set an ambitious goal of increasing annual rice exports to 100,000 tons by 2019. (Jiji)
Sep 07
The price-adjusted real wage index in Japan in July fell 0.8 pct from a year earlier, posting the steepest drop since June 2015, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said in a preliminary report on Wednesday. (Jiji)
Sep 01
Japan's factory output turned downward in July as manufacturers cut back on inventory stockpiles, government data showed Thursday. (Japan Times)
Sep 01
Japanese government and business leaders urged Britain on Thursday to minimize the negative impact of the country's exist from the European Union, or Brexit. (Jiji)
Sep 01
The premium rate for the "kosei nenkin" pension program for corporate employees will be increased from 18.18 pct to 18.30 pct on Friday, reaching a limit set under a 2004 reform by the Japanese government. (Jiji)
Aug 30
A Japanese government advisory panel on Tuesday proposed utilizing private vacant houses and rooms to provide temporary housing in the event of a major earthquake. (Jiji)
Aug 29
Japan's household spending unexpectedly fell in July from a year earlier after last month's spike, data showed Tuesday, casting some doubt on the sustainability of a domestic demand-driven economic recovery seen as vital to boosting tepid inflation. (Japan Today)
Aug 28
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda has pledged to forge on with very accommodative monetary policy as he warned that his inflation target remains distant and the current pace of growth in the world's third-largest economy looks unsustainable. (afr.com)
Aug 28
Japan's current economic expansion, whose start coincided with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's return to power, is believed to have entered its 57th month in August, tying the second-longest boom in the postwar period. (Jiji)
Aug 27
A Cabinet Office survey showed Saturday that nearly 74 pct of Japanese people are satisfied with their current lives, the highest proportion since the survey item was added in 1963. (Jiji)
Aug 24
Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry started Wednesday giving advice to depopulated regions with the declining number of gas stations, including recommendations to integrate or transfer existing pump stations to optimal locations. (Jiji)
Aug 23
While there is no end in sight to off-shoring by Japanese companies, signs are emerging that surging wages in China are encouraging at least some of them to bring jobs, factories and businesses back home. (bloomberg.com)
Aug 20
Japan has served its time as a symbol of economic failure. Its latest growth surge puts it in a welcome new role. (Japan Times)
Aug 19
Japan's core consumer prices were expected to show their seventh straight month of annual increases in July, a Reuters poll found, offering the central bank some hope a strengthening economic recovery will gradually lift inflation toward its 2 percent target. (Reuters)
Aug 17
Lack of sunshine caused by prolonged cloudy conditions and lingering rain in Pacific coastal areas of northeastern Japan may cause problems for the rice harvest. (NHK)
Aug 16
Japan's cautious consumers are starting to loosen up, spending more on cars and home appliances and offering hope that domestic demand - and not just exports - will be strong enough to reflate an economy that has been sluggish for many years. (Japan Today)
Aug 12
Japan posted surpluses in its public pension accounts in fiscal 2016, which ended in March, thanks to large investment returns, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said Thursday. (the-japan-news.com)
Aug 10
The latest data shows Japan continues to depend on imported food. (NHK)
Aug 09
The Japanese market has been in a strange place for some time now. While Abenomics has certainly shown some promise, albeit without managing to live up to the hype that it suggested, the truth of the matter seems to be that the market is unsure as to whether Japan is about to enter a period of time where uncertainty causes an end to the bull market that has been in place since Abenomics hit full flow sustained in part by increased government investment. (newsonjapan.com)
Aug 09
The Democratic Party's former secretary-general has formally entered the race to lead Japan's main opposition party, laying the groundwork for a battle over whether the Democrats can offer viable alternatives to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's economic policies, known as Abenomics. (Nikkei)
Aug 09
Japan's Finance Ministry says the country's current account surplus for the first half of 2017 was the highest in 10 years. (NHK)
Aug 07
The Tokyo Stock Exchange and Nikkei Inc. announced Monday they will reshuffle the component issues of the JPX-Nikkei Index 400 and the JPX-Nikkei Mid and Small Cap Index following a periodic review. (Nikkei)
Aug 07
Rising labor costs are casting shadows over the management of Japanese businesses amid escalating manpower shortages in the country. (Jiji)
Aug 05
The Bank of Japan and the Hong Kong central bank plan to link their settlement systems, informed sources said Thursday. (the-japan-news.com)
Aug 04
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe still faces a host of tough economic challenges after he shuffled his cabinet on Thursday. (Jiji)
Aug 04
Japan's labor ministry says the average wage has declined for the first time in 13 months. (NHK)
Aug 03
Japan is considered a "super-aged" nation, where more than 20% of the population is over 65 and the birth rate has reached record lows. (CNN)
Aug 01
The Japanese government has yet to achieve its policy targets set under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Abenomics economic policy mix as inflation remains "stubbornly low," the International Monetary Fund said Monday. (Jiji)
Aug 01
Japan's direct investment beyond its borders climbed to a record $169.6 billion in 2016, according to an annual report Monday from the Japan External Trade Organization. (Nikkei)
Jul 31
The Bank of Japan has released minutes of its board meetings during the first 6 months of 2007. They show policymakers were not fully aware of the risks looming because of the subprime mortgage issue in the US. The resulting collapse of the investment bank Lehman Brothers led to a global financial crisis the following year. (NHK)
Jul 28
Japan had more than one regular full-time job opening for every applicant on average -- the first this has occurred since November 2004 when the government started collecting data. (Nikkei)
Jul 28
Raising wage levels will ensure that the economy breaks free from deflation and working conditions for non-regular workers improve. To accomplish these goals, we want the government to swiftly create an environment in which increases in the minimum wage can be steadily continued. (the-japan-news.com)
Jul 22
Over the years, numerous reasons have been provided for Japan's prolonged deflation problem. These have ranged from automation to mindset problems. Amazon.com, Inc. is the latest culprit to be assigned the blame. (investopedia.com)
Jul 22
Japan's severe labor shortage is at levels last seen about a quarter-century ago, states a government white paper presented to the Cabinet on Friday which also highlights the country's need to resolve the issue in order to achieve sustainable economic growth. (Japan Times)
Jul 20
Policymakers at the Bank of Japan have decided to continue with their easing program in a bid to achieve a 2-percent inflation target. But the officials have revised the forecast date for meeting the target. They say an extra year is needed. (NHK)
Jul 19
Even unrealistically robust economic and productivity growth would not be enough to bring Japan's primary balance into the black by fiscal 2020, government estimates released Tuesday show. (Nikkei)
Jul 19
Japanese manufacturers' and service providers' business confidence held steady at high levels in July, a Reuters poll found on Wednesday, underlining the central bank's upbeat view on the economy. (Reuters)
Jul 15
Japan's gross domestic product in fiscal 2018 is forecast to increase 1.4 pct from the previous year in price-adjusted real terms, the Cabinet Office said Friday. (Jiji)
Jul 12
Chief negotiators from the 11 Trans-Pacific Partnership countries met Wednesday in the hot-spring resort town of Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, to discuss how to breathe fresh life into the massive free trade deal after the U.S. withdrew. (Japan Times)
Jul 12
Japan will be holding talks on a Pacific Rim trade initiative rejected by U.S. President Donald Trump beginning Wednesday in the mountain resort town of Hakone, west of Tokyo. (Japan Today)
Jul 10
Japanese companies have never been in better financial shape. Their sky-high ratio of capital to assets testifies to that fact, with the average figure topping 40% for the first time last fiscal year. There's a catch, however: They are inveterate hoarders, which critics say points to a corporate governance problem. (Nikkei)
Jul 07
Japan's fiscal 2016 tax revenue came in around 2.1 trillion yen ($18.5 billion) below the initial forecast, casting doubt over Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's plan to replenish government coffers by spurring growth in the corporate sector. (Nikkei)
Jul 06
Japan's labor shortage has pushed the number of people changing jobs and employers during their career to its highest level since the global financial crisis, as companies scramble for workers with experience amid a rapidly-aging economy. (Japan Times)
Jul 06
Japan is seen boosting subsidies and other assistance to dairy farmers after the country reached a broad accord on its envisioned economic partnership agreement with the European Union, informed sources have said. (Jiji)
Jul 06
Japan and the European Union reached a broad accord in their four-year-old trade negotiations on Wednesday, set to create a free trade zone that covers 40 pct of trade around the globe. (Jiji)
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