Jan 9, 2017

Japan's zero growth nightmare

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It’s the rare economic tale that involves suicides, robots and arms dealers. Welcome to Japan, where science fiction may begin to trump economic fact in ways the global audience has yet to realize. That’s not what the financial headlines suggest. As the press put ...

Jan 3, 2017

Small startups run by women getting more loans

Loans to women aiming to start a small business are increasing in line with the Abe administration’s policy of boosting the role of women in the economy and society. The government-owned Japan Finance Corp. (JFC) made 1,282 loans for ¥3 million or less to ...

Jan 2, 2017

Abenomics four years on

With economic growth remaining fragile and uneven, it's time for the Abe administration to pursue structural reforms more vigorously.

Household spending drops for ninth consecutive month

Dec 27, 2016

Household spending drops for ninth consecutive month

The nation’s household spending declined for the ninth consecutive month in November, the government said Tuesday, reflecting consumers’ continuing preference to save money rather than spend. The government also said the unemployment rate remained low at 3.1 percent in November despite a 0.1 point ...