Business Topics

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 ...

Apr 14, 2016

Abe ally urges double dose of stimulus exceeding $184 billion

The nation needs a fresh, double-dose of stimulus to counter mounting signs of economic weakness, according to one of the key members of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s brains-trust of pro-reflation advisers. The government should assemble a ¥10 trillion fiscal package, and the central bank ...