Nov 1, 2014

Gender gap in Japanese labor market still significant: OECD

In Japan, women still receive lower wages than men and a high proportion of them are working part-time, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Friday. Japan’s proportion of female part-timers is 25 percentage points higher than its male part-timers, and the gender ...

Oct 31, 2014

Next extra budget likely to weigh in at only ¥3 trillion

The government is considering compiling an extra budget of only ¥3 trillion for fiscal 2014 ending in March to prevent the economy from drooping further from the consumption tax hike in April, sources close to the matter said Friday. The extra budget compiled for ...

Oct 31, 2014

Tepid data may spur Abe into further stimulus as economy sputters

Economic data released Friday signaled that the economy is still in the doldrums following the first stage of the doubling of the consumption tax on April 1, raising doubts about whether the Abe administration can complete the hike to 10 percent as planned. Expectations ...

Oct 24, 2014

Give Abe a break on 'womenomics'

by Noah Smith

What matters for Japan — after two female ministers resigned this week from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet — is not the number of women in the Cabinet, but whether Japanese women get good jobs en masse.

Oct 23, 2014

Wealthy Japanese quickest to get richer in Asia

Japan’s millionaires increased their wealth at the fastest pace in the Asia-Pacific region last year as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s campaign for an economic revival drove the stock market higher. The nation’s high net worth individuals, defined as those with investable assets of at ...

Oct 17, 2014

Abe's jobs push beyond Tokyo spurs regional lending

Lending in September by regional banks grew at triple the pace of the nation’s megabanks as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe acted to rejuvenate areas outside of Tokyo. Loans by the smaller lenders increased 3.6 percent from a year earlier to ¥215 trillion, while those ...

Oct 14, 2014

Wholesale price rise slowed in September

Wholesale prices were up 3.5 percent in September from a year earlier for the 18th straight month of increase, but the pace of gain continued to slow amid falling crude oil prices and the diminishing effects of the weaker yen, which has pushed up ...