Jun 1, 2016

Business investment rose 4.2% in first quarter

Capital spending by Japanese firms climbed 4.2 percent in the January to March period from a year earlier for the 12th straight quarterly increase, but declining profits dampened prospects for business expenditure, government data showed Wednesday. Business investment by all nonfinancial sectors for purposes ...

Japan's Abe exploring delicate timing of tax hike decision

| May 24, 2016

Japan's Abe exploring delicate timing of tax hike decision

As this summer’s Upper House election draws near, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces the difficult problem of when to make the final decision on a planned consumption tax increase. Speculation is growing that Abe will again postpone the consumption tax hike, currently planned for ...

May 18, 2016

Economic growth remains fragile

The nation’s economy has escaped a back-to-back quarterly decline, as shown by the preliminary data for the January-March period — which has been closely watched as a possible clue to whether Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will go ahead with the consumption tax hike in ...

Apr 13, 2016

OECD chief calls for consumption tax of 'at least 15%'

The chief of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development suggested Wednesday that Japan raise the consumption tax from the current 8 percent to “at least 15 percent” at some point in the future. Speaking after a meeting in Tokyo with Prime Minister Shinzo ...

Apr 5, 2016

Government considers welfare, stimulus measures to boost economy

The government is discussing welfare and stimulus measures aimed at promoting economic growth ahead of the Group of Seven summit in May. “It is extremely important to present a solid road map toward achieving the ¥600 trillion economy,” when the G-7 economies are being ...

Mar 14, 2016

Japan's January core machinery orders up 15% on month

Japan’s core private-sector machinery orders jumped a seasonally adjusted 15 percent in January from the previous month for the second straight monthly gain, led by large orders from the steel industry, the government said Monday. The orders, widely regarded as a leading indicator of ...

Mar 8, 2016

Revised third-quarter GDP figures show 1.1% contraction

The economy contracted in the October-December quarter, according to revised government data that underscores growing concern that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s reflation program is falling short of expectations. The gross domestic product shrank an annualized 1.1 percent in the three months ended Dec. 31, ...