Aug 25
Japan's minimum wage will rise ¥25 on year to ¥823 on average in fiscal 2016, according to the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry. (Japan Times)
Aug 24
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda on Tuesday stressed the importance of taking measures against cyberattacks to promote fintech, or innovative financial services using information technology. (Jiji Press)
Aug 23
Shinzo Abe doesn't wear a wizard's hat. Nor is the prime minister known to be skilled in sorcery, voodoo or hypnosis. And yet somehow Abenomics entranced millions for nearly three years, none more so than the MBA set in New York and London that should have known better. (Japan Times)
Aug 23
Growing market speculation that the Japanese government will not intervene in the currency market any time soon is threatening to remove what little downward pressure still remains on the yen. (Nikkei)
Aug 22
There is a "sufficient chance" the Bank of Japan will add to its unprecedented easing at next month's policy meeting, Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda said in a recent interview published in the Sankei newspaper. (Japan Times)
Aug 19
Japanese shoppers are paying less for everyday goods as companies lose their will for price hikes amid anemic wage growth, a development that likely will factor into the Bank of Japan's upcoming policy review. (Nikkei)
Aug 18
Japan logged a customs-cleared trade surplus of 513.5 billion yen in July, compared with a deficit of 261.4 billion yen a year before, the Ministry of Finance said Thursday. (Jiji Press)
Aug 18
The clear favorite to become the first female leader of Japan's biggest opposition party believes Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's signature "Abenomics" policy has stalled and a change of gear is needed to favor people over corporations. (Japan Today)
Aug 17
A record number of employers that accept trainees under Japan's Technical Intern Training Program for foreigners violated labor laws in 2015, the labor ministry said Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
Aug 15
Japan's economy grew at a slower than forecast 0.2 percent annual rate in the April-June quarter, as the recovery was sapped by weaker exports and business investment, the government said Monday. (Japan Times)
Aug 10
As Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sees it, the tight labor market is a key success of his economic strategy: The unemployment rate is the lowest in 21 years and the job-to-applicant ratio is the highest in 25 years. (Japan Times)
Aug 08
Japan's Finance Ministry officials say the account surplus for the first half of the year was the highest since the global financial crisis. (NHK)
Aug 05
Japan's price-adjusted real wage index in June rose 1.8 pct from a year before, posting the sharpest growth since the 1.9 pct increase in September 2010, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said in a preliminary report Friday. (Jiji Press)
Aug 05
The biggest economic policy challenge for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's new cabinet is how to put the country's economy on a private sector-led growth path and overcome deflation. (Jiji Press)
Aug 04
Japan's business sentiment improved for the first time in four months in July, thanks to receding adverse effects of such events as the Kumamoto earthquakes, Britain's vote to exit from the European Union and fuel economy scandals, a private research firm said Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
Aug 02
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet approved an economic stimulus package worth 28.1 trillion yen ($274 billion) on Tuesday, focusing on infrastructure investment and enhanced welfare services in the government's latest bid to pull Japan out of deflation. (Kyodo)
Aug 02
Personal consumption is in an especially serious slump in Japan among families raising small children and households of nonworking people in their early 60s, the government said in an annual report on Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
Aug 02
The Bank of Japan's review of its monetary stimulus program promised for September has revived expectations it could adopt some form of "helicopter money," printing money for government spending to spur inflation. (the-japan-news.com)
Aug 01
Japan's five major banking groups reported lower net profits in the April to June quarter than a year ago, as the Bank of Japan's negative interest rate policy ate into lending income, their earnings results showed Monday. (Kyodo)
Aug 01
Friday was a big day for the world's largest pension fund, which posted its worst annual loss since the financial crisis and disclosed individual equity holdings for the first time. The two may be connected. (Japan Times)
Jul 30
The number of agriculture workers in Japan fell around 60 percent over the past quarter of a century to a level below 2 million this year for the first time on record, according to a recent government survey. ()
Jul 29
Policymakers at the Bank of Japan have decided to implement additional monetary easing. (NHK)
Jul 29
The Bangladeshi government has postponed the closing bid for a large-scale project funded by Japan's official development assistance in the wake of the terrorist attack on a restaurant in Dhaka earlier this month that left 20 hostages, including seven Japanese, dead, sources said Thursday. (Japan Times)
Jul 28
Japan's prime minister has responded to the shock of Brexit on the country's already struggling economy by announcing that his government will deliver an economic stimulus package worth more than ¥28tn. (theguardian.com)
Jul 27
A government advisory panel on Tuesday agreed to recommend raising the country's average minimum hourly wage by ¥24, or 3 percent, for fiscal 2016. (Japan Times)
Jul 26
The stronger yen is reducing the value of Japanese exports amid signs of a rebound in volume terms. (Nikkei)
Jul 25
Japan posted a goods trade surplus for a half-year period in January to June for the first time since a massive earthquake and tsunami hit the country in March 2011, due mainly to a plunge in the value of imports on the back of declining crude oil prices, the government said Monday. (Kyodo)
Jul 25
The Japanese government will defer planned housing-related gift tax breaks, in line with its decision to delay a consumption tax hike from 8 pct to 10 pct for 30 months until October 2019, informed sources have said. (Jiji Press)
Jul 24
The world's major economies need to deepen cooperation on tax collection as companies seek to minimise the amount they pay to governments, finance ministers said Saturday. (Japan Today)
Jul 22
Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda has ruled out the possibility that the central bank will introduce so-called "helicopter money," a policy in which the central bank would directly buy national bonds from the government. (Kyodo)
Jul 19
Japanese policymakers, who won't go as far as funding government spending through direct debt monetisation, might pursue a mix of aggressive fiscal and monetary expansion to battle deflation, say sources familiar with the matter. (Reuters)
Jul 17
A government survey on living conditions of households in Japan shows that 60 percent of the respondents are having difficulty making ends meet. (NHK)
Jul 17
Former Japanese prime minister Yukio Hatoyama has expressed his willingness to serve on an international advisory committee for the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, AIIB. (NHK)
Jul 16
The Nikkei Stock Average racked up its largest weekly advance since November 1997, buoyed by a sharply weaker yen and headline makers. (Nikkei)
Jul 14
People in southwestern Japan are still trying to find places to stay and rebuild their lives 3 months after the first in a series of earthquakes hit the region. (NHK)
Jul 14
The Japanese government has nearly halved its real gross domestic product growth estimate for fiscal 2016 to 0.9 pct from 1.7 pct, the Cabinet Office said Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
Jul 13
The nation's top business leaders urged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday to seek ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact during an extraordinary Diet session expected to be held in September. (Japan Times)
Jul 12
Hiroshi Suzuki had a fulfilling career in which he travelled the world as an engineer. Then, at age 65, he retired. That didn't last long. For the past seven years Suzuki, 72, has been a nursing aide in the Tokyo area, and says he's years away from true retirement. (afr.com)
Jul 12
People in Japan are keeping more of their money in banks. Many of them are pulling out of investments partly due to increased global risks. (NHK)
Jul 12
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday he would order his economic minister the following day to begin compiling stimulus measures to support the domestic economy, following his ruling Liberal Democratic Party's victory in the upper house election. (Kyodo)
Jul 07
The yield on Japan's 20-year government bond Wednesday fell below zero for the first time ever and the 30-year yield dropped as low as 0.015%, as investors seek safety after Britain's vote to leave the European Union. (wsj.com)
Jul 04
In light of recent dismal data on prices, the Bank of Japan is expected to discuss cutting its inflation forecasts at its next monetary policy meeting, scheduled for July 28 and 29. (Japan Times)
Jul 04
Japanese companies cut their forecasts for inflation for five years' time, dimming the prospects for Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda meeting the 2 percent inflation target during the next fiscal year as he has projected. (bloomberg.com)
Jul 03
Concerns are rising over whether the confusion flowing out of Europe and the growing appreciation of the yen might deal a serious blow to the Japanese economy. We urge the government and the Bank of Japan to raise their alert level. (the-japan-news.com)
Jul 02
This year's land value figures, released Friday by the National Tax Agency, rose sharply in sightseeing areas and on busy streets across the country, thanks to development projects and the opening of new stores to attract foreign tourists. (the-japan-news.com)
Jul 02
The Government Pension Investment Fund, the operator of public pension funds in Japan, incurred an investment loss of over ¥5 trillion in fiscal 2015 due to falling stock prices, informed sources said Friday. (the-japan-news.com)
Jul 01
Japan was clobbered with a one-two punch Friday as weak data and a lackluster business confidence report underscored the slowdown dragging on the world's number three economy. (Japan Today)
Jul 01
Japan's consumer prices fell 0.4 percent in May from a year earlier for the third straight month and marked the biggest drop in more than three years, the government said Friday, indicating the Bank of Japan is expected to continue struggling to achieve its 2 percent inflation target. (Kyodo)
Jul 01
Prices of land facing major streets in Japan as of Jan. 1, 2016, rose 0.2 pct from a year before on average, marking the first increase in eight years, the National Tax Agency said Friday. (Jiji Press)
Jul 01
Senior tax officials from Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development member countries began their two-day meeting in Kyoto on Thursday to tighten measures against international tax avoidance. (the-japan-news.com)
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