Sep 30, 2015

Abe's ¥600 trillion GDP goal called 'impossible'


After enacting contentious security bills earlier this month, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has declared that he is refocusing on the economy, with the goal of boosting gross domestic product by 20 percent to ¥600 trillion in 2020. The figure has been met with deep ...

Sep 30, 2015

Industrial output drops unexpectedly for second month

Japan’s industrial output unexpectedly fell in August, raising concern that the economy may have fallen back into its second recession since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took government. The slump in production is likely to intensify debate on the need for Abe’s administration to increase ...

Sep 28, 2015

Abe's pivot to his economic policy

Instead of spouting nice-sounding slogans, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should conduct a sober assessment of what his economic policies have lacked and what is needed going forward.

Sep 26, 2015

Workers getting a smaller share

Japanese workers, notorious for their dedication, overtime and unpaid holidays, are adding to the profits of their corporations but without getting as much back as they should.

Sep 17, 2015

S&P cuts Japan rating, casting doubt on 'Abenomics'

Standard & Poor’s has cut the nation’s long-term credit rating one level to A+, saying it sees little chance of the government’s current strategy accelerating growth and inflation over the next few years. The downgrade, announced Wednesday, came just a day after the Bank ...