Aug 18
Domestic companies are becoming increasingly concerned about the slump in private consumption that was confirmed in weak April-June gross domestic product data, although corporate earnings in the period turned out to be strong thanks to the yen's depreciation and falling crude oil prices. (Japan Times)
Aug 17
Japanese Economic Revitalization Minister Akira Amari has noted that public concern is growing that wage hikes are not keeping up with consumer price increases, as costs for daily necessities and food are rising. (NHK)
Aug 17
Japan's gross domestic product in April-June dropped 0.4 pct from the previous quarter in price-adjusted real terms, the Cabinet Office said in a preliminary report on Monday. (Jiji Press)
Aug 15
Japan now faces a critical stage in its battle to defeat deflation, and is being helped by falling oil prices boosting Japan's terms of trade and getting the economy nearer its full potential, the Cabinet Office said in its annual economic report on Friday. (Reuters)
Aug 14
Among the clearest casualties of China's devaluation is the Bank of Japan. (bloombergview.com)
Aug 12
The government's debts hit a record ¥1.057 quadrillion at the end of June, up by about ¥3.87 trillion from the end of March, the Finance Ministry said Monday. (The Japan News)
Aug 11
Japan's current account in the first half of this year bounced back to a surplus, thanks to major improvements in the trade balance. (NHK)
Aug 10
Despite rising wages, a surging stock market and three years of growth-boosting reforms under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan's men are embracing their inner cheapskate. (ft.com)
Aug 08
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda hinted Friday that the central bank may adopt additional monetary easing if crude oil price falls thwart its inflation scenario. (Jiji Press)
Aug 07
A key index of Japan's economic health rose in June for the first time in 2 months. (NHK)
Aug 01
Japan's core consumer price index in June rose 0.1 pct from a year before, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said Friday. (Jiji Press)
Jul 30
The United States is considering expanding its low-tariff import quota for Japanese beef and eventually remove its tariffs on imports within the quota, sources familiar with discussions between Tokyo and Washington said Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
Jul 30
A subcommittee of a labor ministry panel agreed Wednesday to recommend that the country's minimum hourly wage be raised by ¥18 on average for fiscal 2015, which started in April. (The Japan News)
Jul 30
The Finance Ministry on Wednesday upgraded its overall assessment of Japan's regional economies for the three months through late July, saying they are "recovering moderately" on solid private consumption and employment conditions. (Kyodo)
Jul 29
The government plans to abolish tariffs for imported wine, chicken and some other items in stages over several years under the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade framework, it has been learned. (The Japan News)
Jul 24
Japan stocks were lower after the close on Friday, as losses in the Machinery, Banking and Warehousing sectors led shares lower. (investing.com)
Jul 23
Stocks staged a rebound on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Thursday, helped by buybacks after the previous day's tumble. (Japan Times)
Jul 22
Tokyo stock prices have fallen for the first time in 7 trading days as sell orders for a wide range of issues were placed for profit-taking. (NHK)
Jul 16
The Bank of Japan said Wednesday that it has cut is projection on year-on-year growth in the country's core consumer price index for fiscal 2016 to 1.9 pct from the previous estimate of 2.0 pct in April. (Jiji Press)
Jul 15
The Bank of Japan kept monetary policy steady and largely maintained its upbeat inflation forecasts on Wednesday, even as soft exports and household spending forced it to trim its economic growth projection slightly. ()
Jul 15
Negative calls on Japan's market remain few and far between even after a nearly non-stop rally for more than two years, suggesting confidence in the economic revival may not be misplaced. (cnbc.com)
Jul 13
As Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda fails to get much traction in his bid to revitalize his country's economy, he should spare a thought for the man who warned him this would happen: his predecessor. (koreaherald.com)
Jul 13
The benchmark Nikkei average rallied and retook 20,000 on the Tokyo Stocks Exchange on Monday, with investor wariness somewhat eased over the Greek debt crisis and Chinese stocks. (The Japan News)
Jul 13
The Japanese government is seeking to abolish wartime copyright extensions in negotiations on the protection of intellectual property rights as part of Trans-Pacific Partnership multilateral free trade talks. (Jiji Press)
Jul 10
Tokyo shares ended mixed Friday with Nikkei stocks index edging down as sentiment here remained cautious ahead of a European summit on Sunday that may make final conclusion on the ongoing Greece debt crisis. (shanghaidaily.com)
Jul 09
Tokyo shares ended mixed on Thursday with its benchmark Nikkei stocks index recovering from morning's plunge and ending higher following a rebound in the Chinese stock market. (cihan.com.tr)
Jul 09
Japan and the United States resumed bilateral talks for a Pacific free trade agreement Thursday ahead of a crucial ministerial meeting of all 12 negotiating countries in late July at which they will seek to reach a broad agreement. (Kyodo)
Jul 08
The Nikkei index started Wednesday's afternoon session below the 20,000 threshold, falling below the line for the first time since June 18, amid concern about the impact of a Chinese economic slowdown on Japan after Shanghai stocks plunged in the morning. (Kyodo)
Jul 07
Tokyo stocks rose 1.31 percent Tuesday, clawing back some of the previous day's losses fuelled by Greece's vote to reject more austerity measures, which analysts said were overdone. (brecorder.com)
Jul 07
Japan's key economic index has been revised downward for May for the first time in 9 months. (NHK)
Jul 07
The Bank of Japan raised its assessment of Hokkaido for the first time in 1½ years, in a quarterly report on regional economic activities released Monday. (The Japan News)
Jul 06
Tokyo shares ended the trading Monday sharply lower as sentiment here was punched by Greek decision against a bailout plan that triggered concerns over a possible quit of Greece from the eurozone. (Global Post)
Jul 02
Land prices at tourist spots in Japan have risen markedly, against the backdrop of growing numbers of visitors from overseas, a government report showed Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
Jul 01
Stock prices in Tokyo rose on Wednesday after the Bank of Japan's Tankan survey showed better-than-expected results. (NHK)
Jul 01
Land prices in Japan for this year fell 0.4 pct on average from the previous year, dropping for the seventh straight year but at a slower pace than the previous year's 0.7 pct, the government said Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
Jul 01
A two-month government campaign got under way on Wednesday prompting central government employees to begin work early and leave on time. (Kyodo)
Jul 01
The mood among big Japanese corporations is unexpectedly upbeat despite recent data showing the recovery appears to be stalling. (Asahi)
Jul 01
Japan's debts are expected to reach about 1,035 trillion yen, or nearly 8.5 trillion dollars, at the end of next March. (NHK)
Jun 30
Tokyo stocks have gained 0.63 per cent, rebounding after sharp losses in the previous session as investors brace for an expected Greek default later in the day. (tradingroom.com.au)
Jun 30
Salarymen's allowances have fallen to their lowest level in 33 years even as the cost of lunch has surged, showing the pinch felt by workers that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is counting on to drive a recovery in the economy. (Japan Times)
Jun 29
Tokyo stocks plummeted on Monday, with the Nikkei index seeing its biggest points drop this year, as a Greek debt default looked likely this week following the collapse of eleventh-hour talks over the weekend. (Kyodo)
Jun 29
Japan's industrial production in May fell 2.2 pct from the previous month, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said Monday. (Jiji Press)
Jun 26
Japan's household spending in May posted its first increase in one year and 2 months. (NHK)
Jun 26
Stocks lost further ground on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Friday, driven down by position-adjustment selling and profit-taking prior to the weekend and the end of the month. (Japan Times)
Jun 25
Japan and the United States are arranging to resume bilateral talks for a Pacific free trade agreement as early as next week, negotiation sources said Wednesday, as the two countries and 10 other members of the initiative now hope to conclude a deal in July. (Kyodo)
Jun 24
The Nikkei index closed at an 18-year, six-month high Wednesday amid improved investor sentiment drawing from perceptions that Greece is likely to seal a deal with its creditors to avert a default and an exit from the eurozone. (Kyodo)
Jun 23
The Nikkei index closed at a 15-year high on Tuesday as Greece looked closer to reaching a deal on its debt to avert default, boosting investor sentiment and allowing buying underpinned by optimism about the Japanese economy to take hold. (Kyodo)
Jun 22
Japan stocks were higher after the close on Monday, as gains in the Insurance, Banking and Fishery sectors led shares higher. (investing.com)
Jun 20
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda stressed Friday that the central bank's decision to reduce the frequency of its monetary policy meetings will not lead to any delay in the implementation of necessary policy actions. (Jiji Press)
Jun 19
Stocks rebounded on Friday, with investor sentiment supported by higher overseas markets. (Japan Times)
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