May 21, 2014

Import slowdown narrows trade gap

The trade deficit shrank in April as imports rose the least in 16 months, after the consumption tax hike crimped consumer spending, Finance Ministry data showed on Wednesday. Inbound shipments rose 3.4 percent from a year earlier, the ministry said. Exports increased 5.1 percent, ...

May 21, 2014

Trade deficit narrows on slower imports

The trade deficit narrowed in April as exports grew faster than imports following an increase in the sales tax that is expected to dampen demand for some time. The ¥808.9 billion deficit in April, according to preliminary figures released Wednesday by the Ministry of ...

Apr 23, 2014

TV program exports lag South Korea's

Japan’s television program exports in the fiscal year ending in March 2013 totaled ¥10.43 billion, far less than South Korea’s ¥18.63 billion, according to government data. Rights to broadcast Japanese TV programs brought in ¥6.22 billion, accounting for 60 percent of the export total. ...

Trade deficit grows to record ¥13.7 trillion

Apr 21, 2014

Trade deficit grows to record ¥13.7 trillion

The trade deficit surged nearly 70 percent to a record ¥13.75 trillion ($134 billion) last fiscal year as exports failed to keep pace with rising energy costs. The Finance Ministry reported Monday that Japan’s exports in the year ended March 31 rose 10.8 percent ...

Apr 11, 2014

BOJ policymakers expect exports to stay weak

Some Bank of Japan policymakers said exports may remain weak in the future as companies continue to shift production bases abroad and overseas demand wanes, the minutes of the central bank’s March policy meeting showed Friday. The nine-member Policy Board shared the view that ...

Mar 14, 2014

Stubborn exports, capital spending worry some BOJ policymakers

A few of the Bank of Japan’s policymakers said future economic developments will depend on whether exports and capital investment can offset the decline in consumption expected after the sales tax is hiked on April 1, the minutes of their February policy meeting showed ...

Kyushu farmers join forces for Hong Kong fair

Feb 25, 2014

Kyushu farmers join forces for Hong Kong fair

Producers of agricultural and fishery goods in the seven prefectures of Kyushu on Wednesday and Thursday are jointly holding their first export promotion event in Hong Kong to promote a regional brand in place of lesser known local names for their wide-ranging commodities. About ...