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Apr 3, 2014

Cash-rich firms spurn banks' offers

Banks are the most keen to lend companies money in 17 years. Corporate treasurers don’t need the cash. The Bank of Japan’s “tankan” business confidence index released Tuesday showed that the prevalence of midsize companies saying banks are willing to lend to them rose ...

Abe funds matchmaking to ease welfare bill

Mar 20, 2014

Abe funds matchmaking to ease welfare bill

Over coffee and cake in a rural cafe in Kochi Prefecture, Hideyuki Tanaka, 40, plucked up the courage to speak with Eri, 14 years his junior. A pianist provided the ambience for the afternoon gathering of 18 singles, arranged by local government cupids, which ...

Thatcher-esque disparities a reality under Abe

Oct 21, 2013

Thatcher-esque disparities a reality under Abe

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe evokes the late Margaret Thatcher as he repeats "there is no alternative" to his platform of economic change. One of the byproducts: prospects for a Thatcher-type division of wealth.

Sep 12, 2012

Corporate cost-cutting leaves wages near crisis low

Corporate cost-cutting is dragging on wages, resulting in weaker consumer demand and a stronger case for monetary easing to counter deflation. Overall pay fell to ¥243.5 trillion in the second quarter, according to a government report Monday. The figure, which is seasonally adjusted, was ...

Mar 31, 2012

Output fall clouds recovery

Industrial production unexpectedly dropped in February, undercutting signs of an economic rebound in the first quarter as policymakers assess whether to apply further stimulus. Factory output slid 1.2 percent from the previous month, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said Friday, after a ...

Further BOJ easing needed: IMF's Shinohara

Apr 15, 2011

Further BOJ easing needed: IMF's Shinohara

The Bank of Japan may need to provide further monetary stimulus if power shortages, supply chain disruptions and the nuclear crisis after the quake are prolonged, the International Monetary Fund’s No. 3 official said. “The risks to the economic outlook are firmly to the ...

Numerical target eyed for fiscal austerity goal

Mar 25, 2010

Numerical target eyed for fiscal austerity goal

The government’s fiscal plan to be released by June may include a numerical goal for reducing the ratio of debt to gross domestic product, national strategy minister Yoshito Sengoku said. “We need to consider steadily reducing the accumulated long-term public debt relative to GDP ...

| Aug 4, 2009

DPJ to support BOJ autonomy

Members of the Democratic Party of Japan said they will support the Bank of Japan’s independence if they win the election and govern for the first time. “We should respect the central bank’s independence on monetary policy,” Tsutomu Okubo, a director of the Upper ...