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Aug 13, 2014

Taste for things Japanese attracting more U.S. tourists

For the first time in nine years, Japan will see a record number of American visitors, thanks to the yen’s depreciation and a growing interest in things Japanese, such as sake and anime. According to the Japan National Tourism Organization, 87,900 visitors from the ...

Some BOJ policymakers concerned about production shift overseas

Aug 13, 2014

Some BOJ policymakers concerned about production shift overseas

A few Bank of Japan policymakers pointed out during their meeting last month that structural factors such as firms shifting production abroad could continue to cap exports. During the July 14-15 meeting, the BOJ Policy Board maintained its assessment that “exports have recently leveled ...

Aug 13, 2014

U.S. job openings in June hit 13-year-plus high

U.S. employers in June advertised the most monthly job openings in more than 13 years. Employers posted 4.67 million jobs in June, up 2.1 percent from May’s total of 4.58 million, the Labor Department reported Tuesday. The number of advertised openings was the highest ...

Aug 13, 2014

Japan's GDP set to fall sharply; stimulus expectations may surge

Japan’s economy likely shrank sharply in the second quarter, which would be bad news for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s growth policies, but it could raise market expectations of further stimulus. Data due at 8:50 a.m. Wednesday will show gross domestic product contracted at a ...

Aug 12, 2014

Japan's industrial output in June suffered a revised 3.4% drop

Industrial output fell a seasonally adjusted 3.4 percent in June from the previous month, downgraded from an initially reported decrease of 3.3 percent, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said Tuesday. The index of output at factories and mines stood at 100.0 against ...

LDP eyes cellphone, pachinko prize taxes

Aug 11, 2014

LDP eyes cellphone, pachinko prize taxes

Some members of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party are considering seeking taxes on mobile phone owners and the pachinko industry to cover a chronic shortage of government revenue. With the balance of government debts at a record ¥1.04 quadrillion at the end of June, ...

Aug 11, 2014

Tax hike sent tertiary index tumbling at record pace in April-June

The tertiary industry activity index for the April-June quarter tumbled at its fastest pace since comparable data became available in 1988 because of the consumption tax hike, according to government data released Monday. The index fell 3.8 percent from the previous quarter to 97.9 ...

Aug 11, 2014

Japan's M3 money supply rose 2.4% in July

Japan’s M3 money supply increased 2.4 percent in July from a year before, after rising 2.5 percent rise the month before, the Bank of Japan said in a preliminary report Monday. The pace of growth slowed for the sixth straight month due to an ...

Aug 8, 2014

Japan logs largest six-month current account deficit ever

Japan logged a current account deficit of ¥507.5 billion in the first half, the biggest for any six-month period on record, government data showed Friday, underscoring its diminishing ability to earn money abroad. It was also the first time since officials started compiling comparable ...