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Kuroda sows doubts on further easing among some BOJ watchers

Nov 2, 2015

Kuroda sows doubts on further easing among some BOJ watchers

After twice this year putting off his inflation target yet declining to step up monetary stimulus, Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda has discouraged some analysts from thinking he’ll ever boost policy again. Forty-four percent of economists surveyed by Bloomberg had expected a move ...

Industrial output climbs a surprise 1%, raising bar for BOJ action

Oct 29, 2015

Industrial output climbs a surprise 1%, raising bar for BOJ action

Industrial production unexpectedly increased in September, potentially raising the bar for an expansion in stimulus when Bank of Japan policy-setters meet on Friday. Output climbed 1 percent from the previous month, exceeding all 32 estimates in a Bloomberg survey in which the median forecast ...

Consumer spending recovery hampered by pension payment cuts

Sep 18, 2015

Consumer spending recovery hampered by pension payment cuts

More than a year after a consumption tax increase tipped Japan into a recession, efforts to clamp down on soaring pension payments are suppressing a recovery in consumer spending. The problem highlights how difficult it has been for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to generate ...

Japan still set for 2017 tax hike despite struggling economy

Jul 3, 2015

Japan still set for 2017 tax hike despite struggling economy

The central government still plans to raise the national sales tax again in 21 months, even as the economy struggles to gain momentum following the recession caused by a hike in the levy last year. “Unless something really unusual like a large economic shock ...

Pricy beef bowls show how to beat deflation

Jun 12, 2015

Pricy beef bowls show how to beat deflation

Restaurants, food producers and retailers are among a small but growing number of companies doing what few managed for long during Japan’s lost decades: raising prices. From beef bowl chain Matsuya Foods Co. to supermarket and convenience store operator Seven & I Holdings Co., ...