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, ...

Japan's October-December business investment up 8.5%, but outlook dim

Mar 1, 2016

Japan's October-December business investment up 8.5%, but outlook dim

Capital spending by Japanese firms climbed 8.5 percent in the October-December period from a year earlier, the government said Tuesday, but a decline in corporate profits and an uncertain global economy may dampen business investment in the future. Business investment by all nonfinancial sectors ...

Feb 18, 2016

Economic council calls for new stimulus steps to address global risks

Private-sector members of the Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy on Thursday called for potential stimulus measures to be studied to address downside risks to the global economy. The government “needs to flexibly respond if judged necessary” after Japan’s gross domestic product turned “weak” ...

Feb 12, 2016

Japan's economic roller coaster is headed for another dip

After three years of Abenomics and record monetary stimulus from the central bank, the economy still cannot escape a roller-coaster cycle of expansion and contraction. The next round will commence on Monday, when gross domestic product data for the fourth quarter are released. The ...

China's annual growth slows to 6.9%, weakest in 25 years

Jan 19, 2016

China's annual growth slows to 6.9%, weakest in 25 years

China’s economy grew at its weakest pace in a quarter of a century last year, raising hopes Beijing would cushion the slowdown with more stimulus policies, which in turn prompted a rally on the country’s roller-coaster share markets. Growth for 2015 as a whole ...