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Jul 31, 2014

IMF's Japan report sees yen at fair value but warns on reforms

The International Monetary Fund said in a report released Thursday that the yen is currently at fair values against the other major currencies. The yen is assessed “as broadly consistent with medium-term fundamentals,” the Washington-based lender said in its annual assessment of the Japanese ...

Jul 31, 2014

Japan flirts with recession; planned tax hike in doubt

Japan could be flirting with recession after the weakest factory output since 2011, which, following a surprising fall in exports last week, could pressure the central bank to ease policy and complicate a decision on whether to raise taxes. The severe contraction in output ...

Jul 30, 2014

IMF examines risks that could lead to sharp cut in Japan's growth

The International Monetary Fund has presented a worst-case combination of risks that could shave Japan’s real gross domestic product growth by as much as 4 percentage points. The economy would contract if the country simultaneously faces sluggish wage growth, a firmer yen, stock price ...

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, ...