BOJ adjustments signal limits to monetary easing

| Dec 19, 2015

BOJ adjustments signal limits to monetary easing

The policy adjustments announced by the Bank of Japan on Friday may indicate there are limits to the drastic monetary easing policy the central bank launched to stoke 2 percent inflation. The moves to increase the BOJ’s purchases of exchange-traded funds and broaden the ...

Jun 1, 2015

Capital investment surges 7.3% in first quarter

Capital spending in the January-March quarter rose 7.3 percent on year, chalking up an eighth consecutive expansion as the economy continues to recover, the government said Monday. Business investment by all nonfinancial sectors for such purposes as building plants and installing new equipment totaled ...

AIIB rise reflects new economies

Apr 18, 2015

AIIB rise reflects new economies

A planned Chinese-led investment bank may not have been the major theme at a meeting of Group of 20 finance chiefs, but it drew significant attention amid the growing presence of emerging economies. On the sidelines of the gathering, which ended Friday, Finance Minister ...

Sunflowers sew grass-roots exchanges with Fukushima

Feb 23, 2015

Sunflowers sew grass-roots exchanges with Fukushima

Machiko Shibata and Yuka Horai are among the girl scouts who have visited Fukushima Prefecture after becoming “foster parents” for sunflower seeds delivered from the disaster-hit region. When the girl scouts from Chiba Prefecture joined the Fukushima Sunflower Foster Parent Project in summer 2011 ...

Swiss aviator prepares to fly solar plane around the globe

Jul 1, 2014

Swiss aviator prepares to fly solar plane around the globe

A Swiss psychiatrist-turned-adventurer who circumnavigated the globe in a hot air balloon now wants to become the first to do it in a solar-powered aircraft. Bertrand Piccard, 56, believes the flight by Solar Impulse 2 offers a chance to promote renewable energy over nuclear ...

Nestle takes aim at Japan market as demand for coffee rises

Jun 17, 2014

Nestle takes aim at Japan market as demand for coffee rises

The domestic coffee market hit a record high last year, with consumption reaching 446,392 tons, according to the All Japan Coffee Association. “Coffee was originally thought a social drink to be consumed at coffee shops,” said Toyohide Nishino, the association’s executive director. “But the ...

May 15, 2014

Restructure or suffer, Fed official warns Japan

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco President John Williams said Thursday structural reforms are needed if Japan is to solve long-term problems, including its aging society and shrinking workforce, calling monetary policy “a limited tool.” The potential of the Japanese economy and how fast ...