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Apr 6, 2016

Composite economic index down in February

The composite index of economic indicators, reflecting the current state of the economy, fell in February, the government said Wednesday. The index of coincident indicators, such as industrial output, retail sales and new job offers, declined 3.2 points from the previous month to 110.3 ...

China seeks 'new chapter' in first visit with Myanmar's Suu Kyi

Apr 6, 2016

China seeks 'new chapter' in first visit with Myanmar's Suu Kyi

China and Myanmar pledged to open a “new chapter” in their sometimes strained relationship, raising the prospect that stalled Chinese investment projects in the Southeastern Asian country could be allowed to resume. Aung San Suu Kyi, head of Myanmar’s ruling National League for Democracy ...

Apr 5, 2016

Government considers welfare, stimulus measures to boost economy

The government is discussing welfare and stimulus measures aimed at promoting economic growth ahead of the Group of Seven summit in May. “It is extremely important to present a solid road map toward achieving the ¥600 trillion economy,” when the G-7 economies are being ...

Apr 5, 2016

Real wages rise in February; up for first time in four months

Real wages rose for the first time in four months in February as base pay and other scheduled wages hit a more than 10-year high, the government said Tuesday. Average inflation-adjusted wages gained 0.4 percent from a year earlier, while nominal wages rose 0.9 ...

Apr 4, 2016

Japan Inc. inflation expectations decline as confidence wanes

Japanese companies have cut their inflation forecasts for the next five years, indicating that even after adopting a negative-rate policy, the Bank of Japan is struggling to persuade businesses that sustained price gains will take hold. Companies are projecting 1.2 percent inflation in five ...

Trump's 'massive recession' forecast stumps economists

Apr 4, 2016

Trump's 'massive recession' forecast stumps economists

Donald Trump’s prediction that the U.S. economy was on the verge of a “very massive recession” hit a wall of skepticism on Sunday from economists who questioned the Republican presidential front-runner’s calculations. In a wide-ranging interview with the Washington Post published on Saturday, the ...

Apr 2, 2016

U.S. job-seekers return at fastest pace since before recession

Americans are flooding back into the job market at the fastest pace since before the Great Recession, encouraged by steady hiring and some signs of higher pay. The flow has halted, at least temporarily, one of the economy’s more discouraging trends: the sharp decline ...

Japan's industrial output falls as weak exports sap demand

Mar 30, 2016

Japan's industrial output falls as weak exports sap demand

Japan’s industrial production dropped the most since the March 2011 earthquake as falling exports sapped demand and a steel-mill explosion halted domestic car production at Toyota Motor Corp. Output slumped 6.2 percent in February after rising in January, the trade ministry said on Wednesday. ...