/ Mar 1, 2017

Japan's fourth quarter business investment grew 3.8% on year

Capital spending by domestic firms rose 3.8 percent year-on-year in the October-December period, marking a turnaround as companies sought to boost output, government data showed Wednesday. Business investment by all non-financial sectors for purposes such as building plants and introducing new equipment came to ...

/ Feb 28, 2017

Japan's industrial output fell 0.8% in January; outlook unclear

Industrial output in January fell 0.8 percent from the previous month, the first drop in six months, with production in the transport equipment and chemical sectors shrinking, government data showed Tuesday. With several economic indicators suggesting that private spending has been tepid, a downturn ...

/ Feb 27, 2017

15% of Japan's municipalities see economic improvement

Some 15 percent of municipal governments across Japan saw an improvement in economic conditions in their regions in the last year, slightly exceeding those seeing a deterioration, according to a recent survey by Kyodo News. The survey suggests that a limited number of municipalities ...

/ Feb 23, 2017

BOJ policymaker warns current monetary policy may hurt economy

A Bank of Japan policymaker expressed concern Thursday that the central bank’s current policy, aimed at keeping the country’s long-term interest rates low to spur domestic demand, may eventually hurt the economy. “Controlling long-term interest rates at a certain level could undermine the automatic ...

Corporate Japan stacks up cash, skimps on pay raises

/ Feb 22, 2017

Corporate Japan stacks up cash, skimps on pay raises


With profits soaring, Japanese companies’ record-breaking cash pile rises ever higher. That’s bad news for the economy, which is relying on exports to sustain a modest recovery as consumers struggle with stagnant wages. The country’s biggest economic problem is too much income flowing to ...