Feb 05
Management and labor teams in Japan are locking horns over how much overtime employees should be allowed to work during busy periods as the government mulls a limit of 100 hours per month. (Japan Times)
Feb 04
The Bank of Japan conducted a special bond-buying operation Friday, in an apparent effort to dispel concern that its monetary policy could be jeopardized by U.S. President Donald Trump's claim that Japan has guided the yen lower. (Jiji)
Feb 02
The Japanese government began formal discussions Wednesday on draft legislation that would limit overtime to an average of 60 hours a month throughout the calendar year. (Nikkei)
Feb 01
Speculation is growing over whether or how U.S. President Donald Trump will address the Bank of Japan's monetary policy when he meets Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Feb. 10. (Nikkei)
Feb 01
Top government and finance chiefs scrambled Wednesday to defend themselves against accusations by U.S. President Donald Trump that Japan is manipulating currency markets to guide its currency lower. (Japan Times)
Feb 01
The Bank of Japan on Tuesday upgraded its projection for Japan's real gross domestic product growth for fiscal 2017, which starts in April, to 1.5 percent from 1.3 percent forecast three months ago, partly on the back of a pickup in overseas economies. (the-japan-news.com)
Feb 01
U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday lambasted Japan and China for devaluing their currencies, a clear signal of his belief that the two countries are currency manipulators. (Kyodo)
Jan 31
Japan's goal to restore its fiscal health, the worst among developed countries, is still far off amid prospects for tepid economic growth and swelling spending on health, pensions and defense. (Japan Today)
Jan 30
At the Bank of Japan, cautious optimism toward U.S. President Donald Trump is giving way to plain caution. (wsj.com)
Jan 26
As the world puts the worst of the disinflationary threat behind it, tepid wage growth is shaping up as a key restraint to a genuine reflationary era taking hold in some economies. Nowhere is this more so than Japan. (Japan Times)
Jan 26
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has not ruled out the possibility of negotiating a bilateral Free Trade Agreement with the United States instead of the multilateral Trans Pacific Partnership. (NHK)
Jan 26
The most rose-colored perspective of Japan's future economic landscape foresees a deeper primary deficit in fiscal 2020 than projected earlier, suggesting that the government must undertake radical entitlement reforms in order to fulfill its goals of posting a surplus that year. (Nikkei)
Jan 25
Protectionist policies emanating from the White House under an unconventional U.S. president are turning the stock market here gloomy. But signs that the close links between Japanese shares and foreign exchange rates are finally deteriorating could cure the pessimism. (Nikkei)
Jan 24
U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday withdrew his country from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, an expansive free trade agreement also involving Japan and 10 other nations aimed at countering China's increasing economic clout. (Kyodo)
Jan 21
The administration of new US President Donald Trump has announced through the White House website its intention to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement. (NHK)
Jan 19
Stocks gained further ground on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Thursday thanks to the yen's easing, lifting the benchmark Nikkei average to its first finish above 19,000 in three days. (Japan Times)
Jan 19
Japan has maintained its hold for a second month on the No. 1 spot atop China among foreign owners of U.S. Treasury securities. (Japan Today)
Jan 14
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says Japan and Australia should advance free trade and boost collaboration on regenerative medicine, artificial intelligence and other fields. (NHK)
Jan 11
Global economic growth is expected to accelerate 2.7 percent this year, up from an estimated 2.3 percent last year, but uncertainty over the policies of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump cloud the outlook, the World Bank said Tuesday. (Kyodo)
Jan 06
The Japan Gerontological Society proposed on Thursday to change the definition of elderly people, which is currently 65 or older, to 75 or older, as people are staying healthy longer these days. (Jiji)
Dec 29
Japan's industrial production data, released on Wednesday, may have offered a light at the end of the tunnel for the long stagnant economy. (cnbc.com)
Dec 27
The Bank of Japan, which has given up on achieving its 2 percent inflation goal by printing more money, is expected to fret over the fate of the "Trump rally" in 2017. (Japan Times)
Dec 25
As Japan takes on the elusive challenge of fiscal reconstruction, slowing tax revenue growth is casting a shadow over the future of an aging Japan. (Japan Today)
Dec 21
The Bank of Japan upgraded its assessment of the Japanese economy on Tuesday for the first time in 19 months while keeping its monetary policy unchanged. (Jiji)
Dec 19
A withering factory town in the rust belt is looking for revival through a dose of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's "robot revolution." (Japan Times)
Dec 18
China's holdings of U.S. government debt have declined, lifting Japan into first place as of the end of October, with Beijing's market interventions to prop up its home currency taking a toll. (Nikkei)
Dec 16
The Japanese government will issue an additional 1.8 trillion yen ($15.2 billion) of bonds this fiscal year to make up for a shortfall in tax revenue and to help pay for a third extra budget, government sources said Thursday. (Kyodo)
Dec 13
Share prices in Tokyo closed on Tuesday at a new high for this year. The Nikkei Average ended at 19,250, up 95 points from Monday's close. (NHK)
Dec 13
The Japanese government decided Monday to allow skilled foreign workers to work in the agricultural sector in certain special economic zones, aiming to alleviate a labor shortage in the sector exacerbated by the graying of Japan's population. (Japan Today)
Dec 12
Stocks advanced further on the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Monday, with a key index ending at a fresh high for the year, buoyed by a weaker yen. (NHK)
Dec 09
Ruling coalition tax reform plans will boost private consumption in Japan by encouraging housewives and other secondary earners to pursue higher take-home pay. (Nikkei)
Dec 09
The benchmark Nikkei average extended its winning streak to a fourth session Friday, reflecting higher overseas equities overnight, and rewrote its 2016 closing high for a second straight day. (Japan Times)
Dec 07
The number of households on welfare in Japan marked a record high for the second straight month in September, as more elderly people need support. (NHK)
Dec 07
For now, the global winds are at Japan's back. (Japan Times)
Dec 07
Japan's price-adjusted real wage index in October stayed flat from a year before, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said Tuesday. (Jiji)
Dec 02
Japan's parliament enacted Friday a bill to open the way for the use of so-called dormant deposits left intact for at least 10 years for public-interest activities. (Jiji)
Dec 02
The Japanese government will return to paying interest on new 10-year bonds, after essentially getting paid to issue debt for the past 10 months. (Nikkei)
Nov 30
Weeks rarely get worse for world leaders than the one Shinzo Abe just had. (Japan Times)
Nov 30
The Japanese government plans to draw up by the end of this year guidelines aimed at increasing wages of nonregular workers to some 80 pct of those of regular employees, informed sources said Tuesday. (Jiji)
Nov 29
The average consumption spending by Japanese households in October fell 0.4 pct from a year before in price-adjusted real terms, down for the eighth consecutive month, a government report showed Tuesday. (Jiji)
Nov 28
Calling for a weaker yen was a lonely post six months ago for Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC's Mansoor Mohi-uddin. Now the Singapore-based strategist is getting plenty of company from others who are joining him in forecasting the currency will slide to 120 per dollar. (Japan Times)
Nov 26
Japan's consumer prices fell in October, government data showed Friday, extending the longest string of declines in five years and underscoring its struggles to conquer deflation. (Japan Today)
Nov 23
Japan faces the need to rebuild its trade strategy that has centered around the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement after U.S. President-elect Donald Trump dealt an effective death blow to the regional free trade pact. (Jiji)
Nov 22
The Bank of Japan's new measure of offering to buy unlimited amounts of Japanese governments bonds at a fixed yield seems to be effective, as interest rates have fallen since such operations were carried out last week, BOJ Policy Board member Takako Masai said Monday. (Jiji)
Nov 22
The Japan Business Federation, or Keidanren, called on the Japanese government Monday to take measures to allow more foreigners to work in Japan to help promote research and development efforts and ease labor shortages in domestic industries. (Jiji)
Nov 20
Speculators are descending on Tokyo again. Not the currency kind, but activist bond traders testing how tolerant the Bank of Japan is about rising yields. Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda's answer: not very. (Japan Times)
Nov 20
Officials from Japan and Russia have worked out details of an economic cooperation program. The plan lists concrete projects and their schedules in line with the 8-point proposal presented by Japan to Russia earlier this year. (NHK)
Nov 19
Japan and six other members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact agreed at a ministerial meeting on Thursday that U.S. participation is indispensable for the 12-country agreement. (Jiji)
Nov 18
A Finance Ministry panel urged the government Thursday to make elderly people with higher incomes pay more for medical treatment as part of efforts to improve fiscal discipline amid Japan's rapidly graying society. (Japan Times)
Nov 18
The Japanese government and ruling parties are looking at two options for revising the ongoing spousal tax break, the biggest focal point in Japan's tax system reform for fiscal 2017, informed sources said Thursday. (Jiji)
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