Nov 26
The Japanese government has come up with measures to support domestic farmers and food makers who are facing increased competition from European rivals. (NHK)
Nov 22
The government will draw up a fiscal 2017 supplementary budget for additional spending of some ¥2 trillion, including for setting up nursery facilities to accept 320,000 children on waiting lists ahead of schedule as pledged by the ruling coalition in the Oct. 22 general election. (Japan Times)
Nov 20
Japan's exports grew 14 percent over a year earlier in October on strong demand for vehicles, electronics and machinery. However, customs data released Monday showed even faster growth in imports of oil, gas and coal that caused the trade surplus to fall more than 40 percent from the year before. (Japan Today)
Nov 17
Japan's government and ruling camp have started discussions on lowering salary deductions, mainly for high-paid employees, while raising basic deductions applied to all taxpayers, informed sources said Thursday. (Jiji)
Nov 16
Japan's economy marked a seven-quarter growth run through September --- the longest in 16 years --- but the outlook appears less rosy, as surprisingly strong private consumption before this summer may prove to have been just a blip. (Japan Times)
Nov 12
The European Union has decided to lift its restrictions on imports of some foods from 10 prefectures in Japan, such as rice grown in Fukushima, home to the country's worst nuclear accident. (Jiji)
Nov 12
Japan’s national debt hit a record ¥1,080,440.5 billion at the end of September, up ¥1,474.1 billion from three months before, the Finance Ministry said Friday. (the-japan-news.com)
Nov 12
The average financial assets held by Japanese households with two or more members this year rose 6.8 percent from the previous year to ¥11.51 million, a survey showed Friday. (the-japan-news.com)
Nov 11
Trade ministers from 11 Pacific Rim countries said they reached an agreement Saturday to proceed with the free-trade Trans-Pacific Partnership deal that was in doubt after U.S. President Donald Trump abandoned it. However, an immediate formal endorsement by the countries’ leaders meeting in Vietnam appeared unlikely. ()
Nov 11
The 11 current members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement have canceled a summit in Danang, central Vietnam, slated for Friday due to Canada's objection. (Jiji)
Nov 11
Japan's Economic Revitalization Minister says all the 11 signatory nations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal have reconfirmed their broad agreement to put the deal into effect without the United States. (NHK)
Nov 11
Japan's government and ruling bloc will hold full-fledged discussions on a plan to give companies tax incentives to raise wages by 3 pct or more under fiscal 2018 tax reform measures, informed sources said Friday. (Jiji)
Nov 10
The US Agriculture Department says US pork exporters to Japan will face tariff disadvantages if 11 countries reach a broad agreement on the Trans Pacific Partnership free trade deal, or TPP. (NHK)
Nov 09
The remaining 11 countries in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal will discuss a proposal for an agreement in principle to proceed after the withdrawal of the United States, Japanese Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said on Thursday. (Reuters)
Nov 09
The Japanese economy expanded for a 58th consecutive month in September to mark the second-longest recovery in postwar history, government data shows, but sluggish wage growth and consumption belie the statistical milestone's significance for most people. (Nikkei)
Nov 09
A World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement panel in Geneva, Switzerland has ruled in Japan's favor in a dispute over South Korean restrictions on imports of Japanese seafood imposed after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. The panel notified the two sides of the result on 18 October. (seafoodsource.com)
Nov 09
The IMF on Wednesday urged Japan to maintain its massive monetary stimulus to boost consumer prices, a view echoed by a central bank board member, reinforcing expectations policy will remain accommodative. (Reuters)
Nov 09
Some Japanese government and ruling camp officials have proposed a tobacco tax increase of 3 yen per cigarette over several years beginning in October 2018, informed sources said Wednesday. (Jiji)
Nov 07
Tokyo stocks extended their winning streak for a fourth day Tuesday, lifting the Nikkei Stock Average to its highest close in more than 25 years. (Nikkei)
Nov 07
Nationwide inflation remains "relatively weak" but prices will gradually be pushed up toward the Bank of Japan's 2 percent target by rising labor costs, Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda said Monday. (Japan Times)
Nov 06
U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday accused Japan of not conducting "fair and open" trade with the United States. (Kyodo)
Nov 03
US President Donald Trump's eldest daughter and presidential advisor Ivanka Trump has called for promoting women's participation in the economy in her speech in Tokyo. (NHK)
Nov 02
Japan was placed at 114th in the World Economic Forum’s global gender equality rankings for 2017 released Thursday, down from 111th last year and the worst standing among the Group of Seven major economies. (Japan Times)
Nov 02
The Finance Ministry has recommended revising the criteria used for the distribution of consumption tax revenue among the prefectures to rectify disparities between urban and rural areas. (the-japan-news.com)
Nov 02
Japan is discovering that even the tightest labor market in a generation is no quick spur for higher wages. (Japan Times)
Nov 01
Companies continued to face a severe labor shortage in September, with job availability remaining at historic highs, government data showed Tuesday. (Japan Times)
Nov 01
The Bank of Japan has downgraded its inflation forecast for the current fiscal year through March. (NHK)
Oct 31
Haruhiko Kuroda should be reappointed to continue as governor after his current term expires in April, and comfortingly, as of last week, he easily leads the field of contenders. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s big election win must also be in Kuroda’s favor. All to the good. (Japan Times)
Oct 27
Japan's Nikkei share average rose more than 1% to a fresh 21-year high on Friday, led by banking shares as U.S. yields remained high and by tech shares after their U.S. counterparts posted strong earnings. (Japan Today)
Oct 27
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday called for pay hikes through negotiations between management and labor unions next spring, making such a request for the fifth straight year to inject fresh momentum into wage growth. (Japan Today)
Oct 23
Tokyo's Nikkei 225 on Monday posted the longest winning streak in its nearly 70-year history as markets cheered the weekend election victory of Japan's pro-business prime minister. (Japan Today)
Oct 21
The Tokyo metropolitan government said Friday it will issue 10 billion yen in "green bonds" for institutional investors on Oct. 31. (Jiji)
Oct 19
A possible slowdown in purchases of 30- and 40-year Japanese government bonds by life insurers could influence the Finance Ministry's debt issuance plans for the next fiscal year. (Nikkei)
Oct 16
Japanese officials are expressing growing frustration with the Trump administration's economic policies, vowing to continue striking trade deals with other countries that undercut U.S. agricultural exports rather than seek a new trade agreement with the United States. (politico.eu)
Oct 12
Gasoline prices in Japan have hit a 2-year high after oil producers cut their output. (NHK)
Oct 12
The International Monetary Fund, in a report released on Wednesday, warned of the risk of problems at only one major bank in Japan causing "stress" in the entire banking system in the country. (Jiji)
Oct 11
The Nikkei's rally comes despite a big scandal enveloping Japan's third-biggest steel maker, Kobe Steel. (theguardian.com)
Oct 10
The current account surplus expanded to ¥2.38 trillion ($21 billion) in August - the highest on record for the month - lifted by foreign investments and a bigger trade surplus, government data showed Tuesday. (Japan Times)
Oct 04
While the Federal Reserve is entering the final phase of its exit strategy, there is no end in sight for the BOJ's massive monetary easing policy, which has seen nothing but expansion during Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda's term. (Nikkei)
Oct 04
Companies in Japan's service industries are struggling to hire and retain staff as the labor market becomes the tightest in decades, and are increasingly taking unorthodox steps to alleviate the shortage. (Japan Today)
Oct 04
In the upcoming general election, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will seek voters' verdict on his signature Abenomics economic policy mix, which he has strongly promoted but is yet to achieve the full range of its intended targets. (Jiji)
Oct 02
The Bank of Japan's quarterly survey of large manufacturers shows confidence at its highest level in 10 years. (NHK)
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)
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