Oct 13, 2015

Government to launch business dialogue in new investment push

The government decided Tuesday to launch a dialogue with business leaders, urging them to boost capital investment as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s priorities swing from security back to the economy. The dialogue will take place on a regular basis between Abe, his ministers and ...

Oct 9, 2015

Only 35.4% support Abe's Cabinet reshuffle, poll finds

Only 35.4 percent of the public support Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet reshuffle conducted Wednesday, while 40.1 percent do not, a Kyodo News poll showed Thursday. Support for Abe’s Cabinet, however, rose 5.9 percentage points from September to 44.8 percent. The disapproval rating stood ...

Oct 7, 2015

August composite economic index down amid sluggish Chinese economy

The nation’s key composite index of economic indicators that reflect the current state of the economy fell in August for the second straight month due to weaker shipments and production amid the sluggish Chinese economy, the government said Wednesday. The index of coincident indicators, ...

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.