Jul 1, 2015

Tankan shows unexpected improvement in manufacturer confidence

Sentiment among large manufacturers improved for the first time in three quarters in June, a Bank of Japan survey showed Wednesday, in a positive sign that runs counter to indications of a slowing economic recovery. The Tankan big manufacturer index rose to 15 from ...

Jul 1, 2015

Land prices rise in 10 prefectures, but overall trend is down

Land prices in Japan rose in 10 prefectures over the year to Jan. 1, the National Tax Agency said in an annual report released Wednesday. In the previous year of measurement, prices rose in eight prefectures. But nationwide prices declined an average 0.4 percent ...

Pricy beef bowls show how to beat deflation

Jun 12, 2015

Pricy beef bowls show how to beat deflation

by Keiko Ujikane and Monami Yui

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., ...

Jun 10, 2015

April core machinery orders up 3.8% on month

Japan’s core private-sector machinery orders rose a seasonally adjusted 3.8 percent in April from the previous month for the second straight monthly gain, the government said Wednesday. The figures suggest a rise in corporate investment against a background of economic recovery. The value of ...