Apr 29
Though Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda played up the positive at Thursday's news conference, economic indicators point to a foundering economy that calls his strategy and his unshakable confidence into question. (Nikkei)
Apr 28
The Bank of Japan says it will maintain its monetary easing program, including the negative interest rate policy. (NHK)
Apr 26
Wages for part-time workers in Japan have been rising as a result of labor shortages in a range of positions in offices, restaurants, and factories - a bright spot in an economy that needs price gains. (Japan Times)
Apr 26
As the government tells it, Japanese have it pretty good.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is adamant that, whatever critics may say, economic disparity is not growing. (Japan Times)

Apr 26
The Bank of Japan has reported that companies charged more for goods and services last month. The Services Producer Price Index in March was up 0.2 percent from a year earlier, marking the 33rd straight month of increase. (NHK)
Apr 25
Agriculture ministers of the Group of 7 nations have agreed to make it easier for women and young people to enter the farming industry. (NHK)
Apr 25
For a place synonymous with deflation, Japan sure can be intolerant to savvy responses to it. (Japan Times)
Apr 22
Regional lenders in the Kyushu southwestern region are expected to suffer an increase in costs as disaster relief donations pour in from the rest of Japan, because of the Bank of Japan's negative interest rate policy. (Jiji Press)
Apr 20
Japanese megabank alumni have long been a fixture on the policy board at the Bank of Japan. That seems about to change, potentially widening the central bank's disconnect with lenders over its negative interest rate policy. (Nikkei)
Apr 17
Two powerful earthquakes and a series of aftershocks in the Kumamoto region on the island of Kyushu in southern Japan have cut air, road and rail services, causing wider disruption to the country's already sluggish economy. (Nikkei)
Apr 17
Finance leaders from 20 major economies have agreed to encourage countries and regions to take part in an international framework aimed at preventing tax evasion. (NHK)
Apr 15
Japan's two-month experiment with negative interest rates is producing some unexpected results. (wsj.com)
Apr 15
Japan came fourth among the countries that provided official development assistance in 2015, up from fifth in the previous year, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
Apr 14
The head of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has suggested to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that Japan should raise its consumption tax to 10 percent next April as scheduled. (NHK)
Apr 13
The International Monetary Fund said Tuesday Japan is forecast to incur an economic contraction of 0.1 pct in 2017, the only major nation in the world seen suffering negative growth that year. (Jiji Press)
Apr 13
The ruling coalition is considering pushing back a plan to ratify a Pacific Rim free trade deal and enact related bills during the current Diet session ending June 1 due to stalled debate with opposition parties, sources close to the matter said Wednesday. (Kyodo)
Apr 13
The International Monetary Fund has cut its growth forecast for Japan, citing the global economic slowdown. (NHK)
Apr 12
For global equity investors and Shinzo Abe, it's splitsville. Starting in the first days of 2016, foreign traders have been pulling out of Tokyo's stock market for 13 straight weeks, the longest stretch since 1998. (Japan Times)
Apr 12
Demand for the yen showed little signs of abating on Monday, with the currency reaching a fresh 17-month high, prompting the government to warn that it could take steps to weaken the exchange rate. (the-japan-news.com)
Apr 09
Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso on Friday ratcheted up the warning against a rapid rise in the yen, saying the government would take steps as needed to counter "one-sided" moves in the currency market. (Japan Today)
Apr 08
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other relevant government executives met with French economist Jean Tirole in Tokyo Thursday to discuss global economic issues with the winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in economics. (Jiji Press)
Apr 08
The Bank of Japan is running out of government bonds to buy. The central bank's would-be counterparties have become increasingly unwilling to sell the debt that monetary policymakers have pledged to buy, and the most recently issued 30-year Japanese bond didn't record a single trade during a session last week as existing owners opted to hoard their holdings. (afr.com)
Apr 06
The bank of Japan is set to print an additional 180 million of its highest denomination banknotes as the population hides them away from a rainy day. (insidejapantours.com)
Apr 05
Japan's government hopes to give its flagging economy a shot in the arm through such steps as distributing child care vouchers and shopping coupons to encourage consumer spending. (Nikkei)
Apr 05
The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe started discussions Monday about welfare and stimulus measures aimed at promoting economic growth ahead of the upcoming Group of Seven summit scheduled to be held in Japan in May. (Kyodo)
Apr 03
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday hinted at the possibility of his government again putting off the planned increase in the consumption tax rate from the present 8 percent to 10 percent slated for next April. (Japan Times)
Apr 02
Japan's electricity retail business was fully liberalized on Friday, a landmark reform initiative to crack open an ¥8-trillion market that had been controlled by regional power monopolies for 65 years. (the-japan-news.com)
Apr 01
Soon after arriving in Washington, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held talks on Wednesday with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and other international economic and financial experts. (Jiji Press)
Mar 31
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Komeito leader Natsuo Yamaguchi agreed Wednesday that the government needs to draw up an additional economic stimulus package and map out concrete measures before the House of Councillors election in the summer. (Jiji Press)
Mar 28
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sought to have women hold 30 percent of supervisory positions in all fields by the time Tokyo hosts the Olympics in 2020. But as of now, his own government is at least 15 years behind schedule. (Japan Times)
Mar 25
The government is considering reducing the upper limits of overtime allowed for workers as part of a push to overhaul Japan's notoriously demanding labor culture. (Japan Times)
Mar 25
Six out of 21 companies that have listed here this year through Thursday opened below their initial offer prices, highlighting how the 2016 market slide has sapped the life from retail investors. (Nikkei)
Mar 25
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda has predicted the consumption tax increase scheduled for April next year may lower the country's economic growth by around 0.7 points. (NHK)
Mar 23
Land prices in Japan as of Jan. 1 rose for the first time in eight years, reflecting a recovery trend in the country's economy, a land ministry survey showed Tuesday. (the-japan-news.com)
Mar 18
Calls for a delay in the planned increase in the consumption tax rate are growing all around Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. (the-japan-news.com)
Mar 18
Foreign investors offloaded Japanese stocks in record numbers last week, due to concern about the impact of a strengthening yen on fiscal 2016 earnings as well as an unwinding of arbitrage positions. (Nikkei)
Mar 17
Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz has expressed a negative view toward the Japanese government's scheduled raising of the consumption tax rate from 8 percent to 10 percent in April next year. (the-japan-news.com)
Mar 15
Japan's central bank kept its powder dry at its March policy review on Tuesday, with economists only expecting further stimulus in July as the central bank waits to assess the impact of its uncharted entry into negative interest rates. (cnbc.com)
Mar 14
Japan's core machinery orders in January rose 15 percent from the previous month in yen terms. The second consecutive monthly rise is the largest since fiscal 2005, when comparable data became available. (NHK)
Mar 14
The government intends to disclose information on stocks and bonds owned by the Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF), which manages pension reserves, and other information after a certain period of time. (the-japan-news.com)
Mar 14
The Bank of Japan's policy board is set to discuss this week whether to exempt $90 billion in short-term funds from its newly imposed negative interest rate, people familiar with the matter said, after the securities industry warned that investment money would be driven into bank deposits. (the-japan-news.com)
Mar 11
Japanese investors are scooping up bonds overseas to flee negative yields at home, driving a global debt-market rally. (Japan Times)
Mar 10
Japan's cash in circulation is growing at the fastest rate in 13 years as ripples from the Bank of Japan's negative interest rates push consumers' money out of savings accounts and into safes and other at-home repositories. (Nikkei)
Mar 09
The Japanese government decided at a cabinet meeting Tuesday to request parliamentary approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact and introduce a package of 11 TPP-related amendment bills. (Jiji Press)
Mar 09
The Cabinet Office announced an upward revision to Japan's GDP on Tuesday. It says the economy contracted an annualized 1.1 percent in real terms in the last 3 months of 2015. (NHK)
Mar 09
Major electronics manufacturers, including Hitachi, Ltd. and Mitsubishi Electric Corp., are in the final stage of their adjustments for the proposal of a monthly basic pay hike of at least ¥1,500 in response to labor unions' demands for ¥3,000 in this year's shunto spring wage hike negotiations. (the-japan-news.com)
Mar 08
The number of foreign technical intern trainees who fled from workplaces last year reached the highest level ever at 5,803, greatly surpassing the previous year's figure, according to a Justice Ministry survey. (the-japan-news.com)
Mar 08
The Bank of Japan's policy of quantitative and qualitative monetary easing (QQE) with a negative interest rate is aimed at benefiting households and firms and ultimately helping the country to fully overcome deflation, central bank Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda said Monday. (the-japan-news.com)
Mar 07
Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda said Monday that the impact of a sales tax increase scheduled for April 2017 would be much less than that which resulted from the hike in 2014 - sending Japan into a recession. (Japan Times)
Mar 06
Japan's ruling party kicks off a debate this month on whether to expand the pool of foreign workers to cope with a graying, shrinking population, challenging a longstanding "taboo" on immigration. (Japan Today)
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