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Jul 30, 2014

Japan's output drops most since 2011 as consumers spend less

Industrial output fell the most since the March 2011 disasters, government data showed Wednesday, highlighting the widening impact to the economy of the April 1 consumption tax increase. Industrial output dropped 3.3 percent in June from May, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry ...

Jul 29, 2014

Household spending down 3% in June

The average consumption spending by households fell 3 percent in June compared with a year earlier, in price-adjusted real terms, due to sagging demand after the consumption tax hike on April 1, the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry said Tuesday. The reading compared with ...

Jul 25, 2014

Curbs on pork imports from Mexico to be eased

The government intends to loosen restrictions on pork imports from Mexico, officials said Thursday. Imports of Mexican pork are currently limited to meat from six states in the country, following an outbreak of hog cholera there in 2000. In response to a request from ...

Jul 25, 2014

Cabinet OKs guidelines for fiscal 2015 budget

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet on Friday approved guidelines for compiling the fiscal 2015 budget and said it aimed to improve the economy and restore Japan’s fiscal health — the worst among the major industrialized countries. An estimate released earlier in the day, however, ...

Japan close to beating deflation: BOJ deputy chief

Jul 23, 2014

Japan close to beating deflation: BOJ deputy chief

Japan is closer to conquering chronic deflation with monetary policy working as hoped, Bank of Japan Deputy Gov. Hiroshi Nakaso said Wednesday. “Japan’s economy is likely to achieve an inflation rate of about 2 percent in or around fiscal 2015, and thereafter gradually shift ...

Imports of Chilean wine surge in Japan

Jul 23, 2014

Imports of Chilean wine surge in Japan

Imports of bottled wine from Chile are surging, thanks in part to a bilateral economic partnership agreement that has lowered the import tariff. Chilean wine was second in annual imports in Japan in 2013 on a country-by-country basis, beating Italian wine. This year, Chilean ...

Jul 22, 2014

Fiscal '14 growth forecast cut to 1.2%

The government on Tuesday cut its forecast for economic growth in fiscal 2014 to 1.2 percent from 1.4 percent in real terms amid lingering fears that the April 1 consumption tax hike — the first in 17 years — may continue to weigh on ...

Jul 22, 2014

FSA to boost bank, insurer oversight

The Financial Services Agency plans to integrate its inspection and supervisory policies to strengthen its oversight of banks, insurance firms and other financial institutions, according to informed sources. The agency will disclose the new policy by September, the sources said Monday. FSA officials in ...