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Japan's 'quiet property bubble' faces end as transactions slide

Jan 29, 2016

Japan's 'quiet property bubble' faces end as transactions slide

The number of property transactions in the nation has tumbled, rents have been muted and inflation expectations have waned — all of which has prompted a growing number of analysts and economists to turn bearish on property prices, which have been recovering since Prime ...

BOJ meets amid backdrop of surprise fall in retail sales

Jan 28, 2016

BOJ meets amid backdrop of surprise fall in retail sales

Retail sales unexpectedly declined in December, indicating weakness in consumer spending as the central bank began a two-day meeting Thursday to decide whether to boost monetary stimulus. The drop adds to concerns that price gains in Japan will remain insufficient to spur economic growth, ...

BOJ officials undecided on more easing

Jan 26, 2016

BOJ officials undecided on more easing

Some Bank of Japan officials view it a close call as to whether the policy board will add to stimulus at a meeting later this week, according to people familiar with discussions at the central bank. Officials will be carefully watching economic data and ...

Japan's 2015 trade deficit narrows as oil prices tumble

Jan 25, 2016

Japan's 2015 trade deficit narrows as oil prices tumble

Japan logged a trade deficit in 2015 for the fifth straight year, but its value shrank 77.9 percent from 2014 to ¥2.83 trillion ($23.9 billion), due mainly to a sharp drop in imports amid lower crude oil prices, the government said Monday. The value ...