Business Topics

BOJ holds off on more stimulus to gauge impact of negative rate

The Bank of Japan held off on expanding monetary stimulus, as Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda and his colleagues opted to take more time to assess the impact of negative interest rates. The move comes as a surprise to the slight majority of economists surveyed by Bloomberg who had projected some action ...

Apr 25, 2016

Revision pushes coincident CI up for February

The Cabinet Office said Monday it has revised up the composite index of coincident economic indicators for February. The coincident CI, which reflects current economic conditions, now stands at 110.7 against 100 for the base year of 2010, up from 110.3 in the preliminary ...

Apr 21, 2016

Business sentiment down but recovery OK: Cabinet Office

The government retained on Thursday its assessment of the economy because it is recovering moderately despite recent weakness. However, it slashed its view on corporate sentiment amid a firming yen and the slowdown in China. But it warned about the impact of the powerful ...

Apr 19, 2016

Japan Inc. offers pay hikes of 2.19%, lowest in three years

There was 2.19 percent growth in monthly salaries agreed by labor and management at 62 major Japanese companies in this year’s shunto talks, the lowest in three years, the Japan Business Federation said Monday. Shunto talks in 2014 and 2015 resulted in 2.39 percent ...

Apr 18, 2016

Firms affected by Kyushu earthquakes

Below is a list of key companies affected by the Kyushu earthquakes and the status of their facilities as reported by Reuters and other media. Sony Corp. halted production of image sensors at its plant in Kumamoto. It is inspecting the plant and does ...

Japan Diet panel resumes debates on TPP

Apr 18, 2016

Japan Diet panel resumes debates on TPP

A House of Representatives special committee on Monday resumed deliberations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal and relevant bills for the first time in 10 days. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other ministers attended the debates at the Lower House committee on the ...