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)
Mar 06
Labor unions at major financial institutions in Japan are giving up the idea of requesting pay hikes in this year's shunto spring wage negotiations, hit partly by the Bank of Japan's negative interest rate policy. (Japan Times)
Mar 05
The Chinese economy's woes are rippling toward Japan and the rest of the world, triggering a wave of bankruptcies among companies dependent on the Asian giant. (Nikkei)
Mar 04
Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda said Friday the central bank is not considering cutting rates again. It introduced a negative rate in February. (Japan Times)
Feb 28
Top finance officials of the Group of 20 advanced and emerging economies agreed at their two-day talks in Shanghai through Saturday that they "will use all policy tools," including fiscal measures, to achieve the world economic growth and stabilize global financial markets. (Jiji Press)
Feb 27
The financial ministers and central bank governors of 20 industrialized and emerging nations have agreed to study ways to prevent excessive fluctuations in financial markets. (NHK)
Feb 24
Prices of corporate services in Japan rose in January for the 31st month in a row. (NHK)
Feb 23
Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda on Monday blamed investors' "excessive" risk aversion for persistent market volatility, and defended the central bank's decision to adopt a negative interest rate policy in the face of questions about its effectiveness. (the-japan-news.com)
Feb 23
Shipments of home appliances continued to rise in January, marking the 9th straight month of year-on-year increase. It has rebounded after a sharp fall following a consumption tax hike in April, 2014. (NHK)
Feb 20
Interest on bank deposits should not go below zero -- meaning that depositors pay interest -- even when Japan's long-term interest rates fall into negative territory, and the same should apply to loans and corporate bonds, a team of experts on financial law said Friday. (Nikkei)
Feb 19
The average monthly pay for full-time employees in Japan in 2015 climbed 1.5 pct from the previous year to 304,000 yen, the highest level since 2001, a survey by the labor ministry showed Thursday. (Jiji Press)
Feb 19
Interest rates for housing and car loans are declining with the adoption of the negative interest rate policy, spurring hope in the real estate and auto industries for a recovery in their stagnant markets. (the-japan-news.com)
Feb 19
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Thursday that it has lowered its estimate for Japan's real gross domestic product growth in 2016 to 0.8 pct, down 0.2 percentage point from the previous forecast in November. (Jiji Press)
Feb 18
Japan posted a goods trade deficit of 645.94 billion yen ($5.7 billion) in January, the government said Thursday, reflecting weakness in exports to China and elsewhere in Asia amid an economic slowdown, though falling oil prices pushed down imports. (Kyodo)
Feb 17
The Bank of Japan's shock decision to adopt a negative interest rate policy in late January has not had the immediate impact on markets that many policymakers had hoped for. (businessinsider.com.au)
Feb 17
The price of health care is changing. On Feb. 10, a government medical council approved a long list of revisions for the fees hospitals and pharmacies can charge under the nation’s public health insurance program. (Japan Times)
Feb 17
The number of permanent employees in Japan grew for the first time in eight years in 2015, signaling a change in companies' long-standing preference for part-timers, though expected gains in wages and consumption remain elusive. (Nikkei)
Feb 16
The Bank of Japan launched an unprecedented negative interest rate policy on Tuesday, with a renewed determination to achieve its 2 pct inflation goal. (Jiji Press)
Feb 15
Japan has spent the equivalent of between $8 billion and $117 billion in the past four episodes to check undue strength in the yen. The currency has jumped about 9 percent in the past 90 days, which is at the high end of previous moves over the same time period that preceded action. (Bloomberg)
Feb 15
Stocks soared in Tokyo, with the Topix index headed for its biggest gain in more than seven years, as investors weighed signs shares are oversold and a report showing Japan's economy shrank more than expected last quarter boosted the outlook for central bank stimulus. (smh.com.au)
Feb 15
Economic Revitalization Minister Nobuteru Ishihara says the economy is solid even following the release of the latest negative GDP figures. (NHK)
Feb 15
Japan's real Gross Domestic Product in the October to December quarter contracted by 0.4 percent from the previous 3 months. That works out to an annualized negative growth of 1.4 percent. (NHK)
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