Nov 28, 2014

OPEC maintains oil output level, triggering price collapse

OPEC on Thursday decided against cutting the amount of oil it produces despite a glut in global supplies, triggering a fresh collapse in crude prices. The cartel pumping out one-third of the world’s oil opted to stick by its output target, even after prices ...

Companies maintain forecast for sustained inflation

Oct 2, 2014

Companies maintain forecast for sustained inflation

Companies are forecasting sustained price gains over the next five years, signaling progress in reflating the economy, albeit below the Bank of Japan’s target. Firms expect annual inflation of 1.5 percent in a year, unchanged from their projections three months ago, the BOJ said ...

Japan close to beating deflation: BOJ deputy chief

Jul 23, 2014

Japan close to beating deflation: BOJ deputy chief

Japan is closer to conquering chronic deflation with monetary policy working as hoped, Bank of Japan Deputy Gov. Hiroshi Nakaso said Wednesday. “Japan’s economy is likely to achieve an inflation rate of about 2 percent in or around fiscal 2015, and thereafter gradually shift ...

Jul 8, 2014

Toyota mulling raising prices in emerging markets

Toyota Motor Corp. is considering raising vehicle prices in emerging markets to offset the impact of weakening local currencies, according to a source. Depreciating currencies in Brazil and other growth markets on the back of the tapering of U.S. monetary stimulus are eating into ...

Prices for grilled eel slide as numbers bounce back

Jul 5, 2014

Prices for grilled eel slide as numbers bounce back

Prices for grilled eel are finally dropping thanks to a rebound in populations of the fish here and abroad. Supermarkets in Japan are starting to sell the summer specialty at bargain prices ahead of the Day of the Ox on July 29, when they ...

Companies expect stable inflation to set in

Jul 2, 2014

Companies expect stable inflation to set in

Companies are forecasting sustained price gains, providing support for the Bank of Japan’s campaign to generate stable inflation. They forecast inflation of 1.5 percent per year, unchanged from three months ago, the BOJ reported Wednesday. Companies see prices rising 1.6 percent from a year ...

Jun 10, 2014

Land prices reflecting real demand, not speculation

A recent increase in land prices reflects growing demand from buyers seeking yield and location, unlike during the bubble economy period in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when it was speculators who drove prices higher, the government said Tuesday. In its 2014 white ...