Aug 15, 2014

Worrying economic signs

The government must determine whether the slump in consumer spending during the April-June quarter is temporarily the result of the reaction to the three-percentage-point rise in the consumption tax, or reflects the Abe administration's policy failure.

75% oppose second stage of sales tax hike

Aug 15, 2014

75% oppose second stage of sales tax hike

Three-quarters of the public is against the second stage of consumption tax hike planned for October 2015, after taking a heavy blow from the first stage in April, according to the latest survey. In a survey carried out by Jiji Press over four days ...

Aug 14, 2014

GDP plunge prompts talk of speeding up regional stimulus package

The Abe administration plans to accelerate efforts to compile an economic stimulus package for regions outside Tokyo in light of the bleak gross domestic product data released for the April-June quarter, government sources said. The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appears to believe ...

Aug 14, 2014

Investment trust assets set new record high in July

The net asset value of publicly offered stock investment trusts in Japan hit a record high ¥70.1 trillion at the end of July, up 1.9 percent from June, recent data compiled by the Investment Trusts Association show. The balance exceeded the previous high of ...

April-June machinery orders plunge at fastest pace in five years

Aug 14, 2014

April-June machinery orders plunge at fastest pace in five years

Core private-sector machinery orders fell at the fastest pace in more than five years in the April-June quarter, the government said Thursday, underscoring corporate reluctance to boost investment after the April 1 consumption tax hike. The orders, which exclude those for ships and from ...

Megabanks' $800 billion cash pile shows Abe must free up credit

Aug 14, 2014

Megabanks' $800 billion cash pile shows Abe must free up credit

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has succeeded in wrestling down the yen and snapping a 15-year deflationary spiral. The challenge of spurring lending by the country’s cash-hoarding megabanks remains. The nation’s three largest lenders increased their cash and deposits with other financial institutions 5.7 percent ...

BOJ warns of weak exports but holds steady on policy

Aug 8, 2014

BOJ warns of weak exports but holds steady on policy

The Bank of Japan kept monetary policy steady Friday, noting that the economy is recovering but warning of recent weakness in Japanese exports and production. The BOJ decided to continue making massive asset purchases from banks to expand the nation’s monetary base by ¥60 ...

Aug 6, 2014

Major firms to boost capital spending in Japan by 15% this year

Major firms plan to boost capital spending at home by 15.1 percent this business year, according to a recent survey. Domestic corporate capital expenditure is set to expand for the third straight year and outpace the fiscal 2013 growth of 3.0 percent, reflecting expectations ...