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)
Sep 06
Japan has sent warning about Brexit in a 15-page message to the United Kingdom and the European Union. The Asian nation is worried that the UK's exit from the EU would negatively impact the Japanese businesses operating in Europe, and has therefore warned that some companies might have to transfer headquarters from the UK. (ibtimes.com.au)
Sep 05
Japan's price-adjusted real wage index in July rose 2.0 pct from a year earlier, up for the sixth straight month, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said in a preliminary report Monday. (Jiji Press)
Sep 01
Japanese officials say housing starts rose in July for the first time in 2 months on the back of low interest rates. (NHK)
Aug 31
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party will review the spousal tax deduction, sometimes criticized for discouraging dependent spouses, mainly wives, from seeking full-time jobs, according to the party's tax leader. (Jiji Press)
Aug 31
Japanese retailers lowered prices on a majority of food and household items in July in response to consumers' increasing frugality. This could be a temporary trend or a sign of deflation's return. (Nikkei)
Aug 31
Japan's government plans to overhaul its monitoring system targeting regional banks in efforts to raise their profitability and facilitate lending to local businesses, sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters. (Japan Today)
Aug 29
Japanese and African leaders agreed at a two-day conference that ended Sunday to promote investment in "quality infrastructure" in Africa to create jobs and technology transfers, thereby contributing to economic growth in the region. (Jiji Press)
Aug 29
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda says the bank can further cut its already negative interest rate. The minus rate is being applied to some of the funds held by financial institutions at the BOJ. (NHK)
Aug 28
Three years of so-called Abenomics, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's bold stimulus program, has failed to dislodge a deflationary mindset among businesses and consumers. (Japan Today)
Aug 28
Top Japanese and South Korean finance officials agreed at a meeting in Seoul on Saturday to launch negotiations on a fresh bilateral currency swap agreement after the previous one expired last year. (Jiji Press)
Aug 27
Japanese officials say the country's public pension fund has suffered investment losses of more than 50-billion dollars for the April-June period. They blame plunging global stock markets triggered by United Kingdom's vote to leave the European Union. (NHK)
Aug 26
Japanese inflation continued to disappoint in July, according to data released on Friday, with consumer prices dropping for a fifth straight month in the latest blow to Tokyo's faltering war on deflation. (Japan Today)
Aug 25
Japan would inject 4.52 trillion yen ($45 billion) into the economy this fiscal year, mainly through public construction projects, under a supplementary budget proposal approved Wednesday by the cabinet as part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's stimulus package. (Nikkei)
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)
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