Wins in Hokkaido, Oita lift ruling bloc's prospects

Apr 13, 2015

Wins in Hokkaido, Oita lift ruling bloc's prospects

The governors of Hokkaido and Oita won re-election to a fourth term Sunday as the first wave of the quadrennial unified elections produced victories for the Liberal Democratic Party-Komeito ruling bloc. In Hokkaido, Gov. Harumi Takahashi, 61, ran as an independent and beat rival ...

Fears grow over Nikkei strength

Apr 11, 2015

Fears grow over Nikkei strength

Monetary easing and optimism about the economy briefly pushed the Nikkei 225 stock average above 20,000 points for the first time in 15 years last week, but analysts warn that share prices may be higher than warranted by the real economy.

Households feeling little benefit from higher stocks

Apr 11, 2015

Households feeling little benefit from higher stocks

While the benchmark Nikkei 225 average briefly topped 20,000 for the first time in about 15 years on Friday, Japanese households are feeling little benefit from the higher stock market. The strong performance of the Nikkei suggests that stock market players continue giving high ...

Apr 8, 2015

Summer bonuses to rise for second straight year

Summer bonuses are expected to rise for a second straight year, though by less than in 2014, according to private-sector estimates. The average bonus this summer is expected to rise 2.3 percent year on year, to ¥379,000 per worker, Mizuho Securities Co. said Tuesday. ...