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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)
Sep 30
Overseas investors sold 5.99 trillion yen ($59 billion) more in Japanese shares than they bought from Jan. 1 to Sept. 23, with that figure poised to overtake the record set during the run-up to Black Monday nearly three decades ago. (Nikkei)
Sep 29
National medical expenses in Japan in fiscal 2014 grew 1.9 pct from the previous year to 40,807.1 billion yen, hitting a record high for the eighth straight year, the health ministry said Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
Sep 29
Visiting Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong met his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on Wednesday in Tokyo to discuss high-speed rail and the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement. (Japan Times)
Sep 28
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed Wednesday to make more efforts to promote his Abenomics economic measures, rejecting top opposition leader Renho's demand for a shift from the policy mix. (Jiji Press)
Sep 28
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called Tuesday for "speed and action" in formulating recommendations for reforming Japan's working practices at the inaugural meeting of a panel on the matter. (Japan Today)
Sep 27
Long-term Japanese government bond yields are sinking gradually following the Bank of Japan's recent announcement of a new policy framework. (Jiji Press)
Sep 21
Japan's exports tumbled and the country logged a surprise trade deficit in August, data showed on Wednesday, reviving concerns about the economy just before the Bank of Japan wraps up a closely watched meeting. (Japan Today)
Sep 21
Pharmaceutical terms are often used when talking about monetary policy. In that sense, Japan has been a country on monetary steroids -- quantitative and qualitative easing and, more recently, a negative interest rate. (Nikkei)
Sep 21
Policymakers at the Bank of Japan have decided to adopt a target for long-term interest rates in an effort to meet their inflation goal as soon as possible. (NHK)
Sep 21
Japanese government data released Tuesday showed a stark contrast in the effects that new Shinkansen bullet train routes have had on land prices in areas along the lines. (Jiji Press)
Sep 20
Average commercial land prices in Japan were almost flat in July, an improvement from eight straight years of decline, thanks partly to robust demand for city hotel and shop construction to meet foreign tourist demand, the government said Tuesday. (Japan Times)
Sep 19
The Bank of Japan is at a crossroads, and the direction it takes this week will help determine the next phase of the era of ultra-loose monetary policies that has defined the post-GFC investment landscape and underpinned financial asset prices. (smh.com.au)
Sep 15
An aging population is not the only cause of headache for policymakers trying to keep the nation's medical costs down - now they have "superexpensive" drugs to deal with. (Japan Times)
Sep 15
Higher interest rates may not be so bad after all, especially if you're in Japan. (wsj.com)
Sep 14
Japan's medical expenses in fiscal 2015 rose 3.8 pct from the previous year to 41,462.7 billion yen, topping 40 trillion yen for the first time, the health ministry said in a preliminary report Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
Sep 14
More than half of 106 regional banks across Japan will suffer losses in their lending operations in the year ending March 2025, the country's financial regulator predicts, due to the double headwinds of shrinking demand and narrowing margins. (Nikkei)
Sep 13
The government unveiled plans Monday to raise productivity at construction sites by 20 percent from current levels by 2025 through the use of drones and artificial intelligence in the construction industry. (Japan Today)
Sep 13
The biggest business groups in Japan and Europe are preparing a joint letter to call for an early conclusion of economic partnership agreement negotiations between the Asian country and the European Union, Jiji Press has learned. (the-japan-news.com)
Sep 12
An extraordinary session of Japan's Diet is set to be convened in September for the ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has previously pledged the swift passage of the TPP. (globaltimes.cn)
Sep 09
The Bank of Japan's deputy governor has given another possible clue about the direction the bank will take at its next policy meeting. (NHK)
Sep 09
Japan's economy grew faster over April-June than initially estimated, the Cabinet Office said on Thursday, with upward revisions to capital expenditure and inventories, but the lack of a strong growth driver is seen undermining momentum for the rest of this year. (Reuters)
Sep 09
Japan's central bank is facing a new problem: It could be running out of government bonds to buy. (wsj.com)
Sep 07
Bank lending for real estate in Japan is surging following the Bank of Japan's introduction of a negative interest rate policy in February, with the BOJ downplaying concerns about a new bubble in the realty market for now. (Jiji Press)
Sep 06
Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda took aim Monday at critics arguing that the central bank's monetary easing has hit a wall, though his discussion of the side effects of negative interest rates hinted at a more measured approach. (Nikkei)
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