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Jul 26, 2016

Penny-pinching Japanese households spend less on having fun

Whether it is the young or the old, Japanese consumers are spending less on fun, and that is bad news for Abenomics. With many pensioners on fixed incomes focused on buying the essentials, and a growing number of workers in their 20s and early ...

Japan's CPI seen falling again in June, more headaches for BOJ

Jul 22, 2016

Japan's CPI seen falling again in June, more headaches for BOJ

Japan’s consumer prices were expected to fall in June for the fourth straight month, a Reuters poll found, keeping alive market expectations the central bank will expand an already massive stimulus program to hit its 2 percent price goal. Separate data next week is ...

Jul 22, 2016

Japan's fiscal health likely to worsen after tax hike delay

The government is likely to project a deteriorating primary balance deficit in fiscal 2018 after delaying the second stage of a consumption tax hike, government sources said Friday. The hike, earlier planned for April, will now take place in October 2019. Cabinet Office projections ...

Bank of Japan's Kuroda rules out 'helicopter money'

Jul 21, 2016

Bank of Japan's Kuroda rules out 'helicopter money'

Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda ruled out the idea of using “helicopter money” — or directly underwriting the budget deficit — to combat deflation, as policymakers gear up to expand existing stimulus programs. Japanese markets have risen this month on speculation that authorities, ...