Nov 29
The average consumption spending by Japanese households in October fell 0.4 pct from a year before in price-adjusted real terms, down for the eighth consecutive month, a government report showed Tuesday. (Jiji)
Nov 28
Calling for a weaker yen was a lonely post six months ago for Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC's Mansoor Mohi-uddin. Now the Singapore-based strategist is getting plenty of company from others who are joining him in forecasting the currency will slide to 120 per dollar. (Japan Times)
Nov 26
Japan's consumer prices fell in October, government data showed Friday, extending the longest string of declines in five years and underscoring its struggles to conquer deflation. (Japan Today)
Nov 23
Japan faces the need to rebuild its trade strategy that has centered around the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement after U.S. President-elect Donald Trump dealt an effective death blow to the regional free trade pact. (Jiji)
Nov 22
The Bank of Japan's new measure of offering to buy unlimited amounts of Japanese governments bonds at a fixed yield seems to be effective, as interest rates have fallen since such operations were carried out last week, BOJ Policy Board member Takako Masai said Monday. (Jiji)
Nov 22
The Japan Business Federation, or Keidanren, called on the Japanese government Monday to take measures to allow more foreigners to work in Japan to help promote research and development efforts and ease labor shortages in domestic industries. (Jiji)
Nov 20
Speculators are descending on Tokyo again. Not the currency kind, but activist bond traders testing how tolerant the Bank of Japan is about rising yields. Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda's answer: not very. (Japan Times)
Nov 20
Officials from Japan and Russia have worked out details of an economic cooperation program. The plan lists concrete projects and their schedules in line with the 8-point proposal presented by Japan to Russia earlier this year. (NHK)
Nov 19
Japan and six other members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact agreed at a ministerial meeting on Thursday that U.S. participation is indispensable for the 12-country agreement. (Jiji)
Nov 18
A Finance Ministry panel urged the government Thursday to make elderly people with higher incomes pay more for medical treatment as part of efforts to improve fiscal discipline amid Japan's rapidly graying society. (Japan Times)
Nov 18
The Japanese government and ruling parties are looking at two options for revising the ongoing spousal tax break, the biggest focal point in Japan's tax system reform for fiscal 2017, informed sources said Thursday. (Jiji)
Nov 17
A Bank of Japan survey shows lending to the real estate industry was the largest ever during the first half of this fiscal year. (NHK)
Nov 17
The Diet, Japan's parliament, enacted Wednesday legislation aimed at shortening the minimum period for paying public pension premiums to be eligible for benefits from 25 years to 10 years. (Jiji)
Nov 17
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday asked employers to raise wages next year at least as much as this year to promote the country's economic growth. (Jiji)
Nov 16
The Japanese yen, jolted in a 750-plus point range against the dollar in the week since Donald Trump's presidential win, could fall back towards a February low of 115 yen on prospects of rapid U.S. interest rate increases. (Japan Today)
Nov 16
The requirement time for highly skilled foreign professionals to apply for permanent residency may be shortened under a move being considered by the government to help lure more global talent to Japan. (Japan Times)
Nov 15
Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda expressed confidence Monday that the 2 percent inflation target will be achieved around fiscal 2018, saying a pickup in oil prices and possible wage growth could help push up prices. (Japan Times)
Nov 14
Japan's gross domestic product increased 0.5 percent in the July-September period from the previous quarter. (NHK)
Nov 11
Japanese manufacturers’ confidence rose for a third straight month to a 15-month high in November, while the mood in the service sector rebounded from a 3-1/2-year low in the prior month, a Reuters poll showed, in a sign of a gradual economic recovery. (Reuters)
Nov 10
Tokyo’s benchmark stock index closed 6.72 percent higher on Thursday, led by a surge in financials and export giants, on hopes Donald Trump’s shock US presidential election win will provide a boost to the world’s number one economy. (Japan Today)
Nov 10
Super-low interest rates are making bank customers and businesses in Japan change the way they are managing their money. They're taking more of their savings out of time deposits and putting it in ordinary savings accounts. (NHK)
Nov 10
Donald Trump's election as the next U.S. president could throw a wrench into the Bank of Japan's new monetary policy framework if upward pressure on the yen makes cuts to its bond-buying program untenable. (Nikkei)
Nov 09
Financial markets were thrown into disarray in Tokyo on Wednesday after Republican candidate Donald Trump secured victory in the U.S. presidential race, with the Nikkei stock index nose-diving by 5.36 percent and yen briefly surging against the dollar to the 101 range. (Japan Times)
Nov 07
Japanese wages edged up on year in September, suggesting that workers are only seeing modest pay gains despite government efforts to convince companies to pay more. (marketwatch.com)
Nov 07
Cases of gold smuggling in Japan rose sharply in the 12-month period to June to hit a record high. (NHK)
Nov 07
Fourteen percent of Japanese adults living alone have no money in the bank to guard themselves for rainy days, according to a recent survey of several thousand people by the nation’s Central Council for Financial Services Information. (Japan Times)
Nov 04
Japan and Russia have selected about 30 priority projects that will be implemented in the private sector under the two countries' eight-point economic cooperation plan, officials said Thursday. (Jiji)
Nov 04
Rents at new office buildings in Tokyo have risen in the latter half of the year for a second straight year, a Nikkei Inc. survey shows, reflecting brisk demand for relocation and expansion among companies with strong earnings. (Nikkei)
Nov 03
In one of the most expensive cities on the planet, Yukako Yamada works a low wage office job to scrape together a living for herself and her young son. (CNN)
Oct 29
Japan's factory output was expected to rise for a second straight month in September helped by the auto sector, a Reuters poll showed on Friday. (Reuers)
Oct 27
A Swiss research institute has downgraded Japan to 111th in the world ranking of gender equality, citing big gaps between men and women in politics and economics. (NHK)
Oct 27
The Bank of Japan is expected to discuss revising down its inflation estimates and pushing back its forecast for when inflation will reach its target of 2 pct at its two-day Policy Board meeting from Tuesday, informed sources said. (Jiji)
Oct 26
Over 60 pct of companies in Japan are short-staffed, the Finance Ministry said Tuesday. (Jiji)
Oct 25
The Bank of Japan is closely monitoring developments in the real estate market. It says financial institutions are lending more to the sector as property prices rise in the metropolitan areas. (NHK)
Oct 22
China is on a shopping spree, buying up Japanese government bonds. (Nikkei)
Oct 22
Japan's labor market has the largest gap between skills and job requirements in the Asia-Pacific region, a report released Friday by the U.K.-based Hays recruitment agency shows. (Nikkei)
Oct 21
Japanese policymakers are proposing an overhaul of the country's inheritance tax, targeting those who shift their wealth abroad to take advantage of a foreign residency loophole. (Nikkei)
Oct 19
Japanese government and business officials have come up with a plan called "Premium Fridays" to boost consumer spending. (NHK)
Oct 18
The U.S. appears to view Japan as a bigger currency manipulator than China despite the yen's strength and the yuan's weakness against the dollar over the past year, suggesting that Tokyo's hands will remain tied in currency markets for now. (Nikkei)
Oct 17
The Japanese government's vision for a sharing economy apparently has little room for one important trend -- the growing global popularity of ride-hailing services. (Nikkei)
Oct 17
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stressed Monday that the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact is essential for Japan's growth and regional stability. (Jiji Press)
Oct 17
The governor of the Bank of Japan has again expressed his readiness to take additional credit-easing measures, depending on economic conditions. (NHK)
Oct 12
Japan's parliament approved a 4.11 trillion yen ($40 billion) supplementary budget on Tuesday to stimulate an economy dampened by sluggish growth amid weak consumer demand and business investment. (Kyodo)
Oct 11
The Nikkei average closed above 17,000 for the first time in more than a month on Tuesday, thanks to a surge in crude oil and a weakening yen. (Japan Times)
Oct 09
A drastic change in the nation's tax system to encourage greater workforce participation by women could have been an effective prescription to addressing a labor shortage in the rapidly aging country. (Japan Times)
Oct 09
Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda has said the central bank "will not hesitate" on monetary easing if necessary, but noted that the Japanese economy's moderate recovery means such action is not currently warranted. (Japan Times)
Oct 08
The price-adjusted real wage index in Japan in August rose 0.5 pct from a year earlier, marking the seventh straight month of growth, the labor ministry said Friday. (Jiji Press)
Oct 05
The Japanese government decided Tuesday to consider allowing skilled foreign workers to work in the agricultural sector in certain special economic zones, while compiling plans to allow certain foreign nursing care workers to provide in-home care services as soon as next year. (Japan Today)
Oct 04
Some officials of the Japanese government and ruling camp are calling for postponing the introduction of a proposed tax deduction scheme for married couples that is aimed at replacing the existing spousal tax deduction, informed sources said Monday. (Jiji Press)
Oct 03
Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda has ruined his chances of getting a second full term, according to Nobuyuki Nakahara, who has advised the prime minister on the economy and was an intellectual father of the BOJ's first run at quantitative easing in 2001. (Japan Times)
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