Sep 8, 2014

Business confidence fell in August as downpours hit nation

Business confidence among workers sensitive to economic trends fell in August for the first time in four months as prolonged rain and typhoons discouraged consumers from spending. The diffusion index of responses to the government’s survey of “economy watchers” such as taxi drivers and ...

Aug 24, 2014

Fewer satisfied with life: survey

The latest life satisfaction survey shows the number of people who claim to be content with their lives dropped 0.7 percentage point from last year to 70.3 percent

Aug 15, 2014

Government project aims to promote translations of Japanese books abroad

The government has launched a project to translate Japanese-language books about culture, history and advanced technology to bolster international understanding of the country. The government is using the project to counter increased efforts by China and South Korea to publish works with their viewpoints ...

Aug 11, 2014

Nearly 40% of rural residents say their communities face decline

A Cabinet Office opinion survey has revealed that 37.6 percent of people living in rural areas of the country expect their communities will decline. Of 700 respondents living in farming or fishing villages, only 13.6 percent said they believe their areas will be revitalized, ...

Jul 28, 2014

Weak state secrets oversight

An expert panel's proposal to create at least two oversight bodies staffed by Japanese bureaucrats falls far short of what's needed to prevent the arbitrary designation of government information as state secrets.

May 23, 2014

Government stays bullish on economy

The government on Friday remained relatively upbeat about the economy in its May report but downgraded its views on output and imports following the first consumption tax hike in 17 years. Emphasizing that the negative impact of the April 1 tax hike is expected ...

Mar 23, 2014

Poll says more Japanese bullish on economy

The number of Japanese who believe the economy is heading in the right direction has risen to 22 percent, up from 11 percent from the previous year, according to a Cabinet Office survey. The figure was the highest since the survey began in 1998, ...

Nov 8, 2013

81% know of Russia-Japan isle row

A poll by the Cabinet Office found that 81.5 percent of the public is aware of the territorial row between Japan and Russia over islands off the northeast coast of Hokkaido, up 2.3 percentage points from the previous poll in 2008. Slightly more than ...

Sep 13, 2013

Basic economic assessment raised

The economy’s performance in September was revised upward Friday for the first time in two months as the government saw companies beefing up investment on expectations for the stimulus-driven recovery to accelerate. The world’s third-biggest economy “is on the way to recovery at a ...