Jul 28, 2014

Weak state secrets oversight

An expert panel's proposal to create at least two oversight bodies staffed by Japanese bureaucrats falls far short of what's needed to prevent the arbitrary designation of government information as state secrets.

May 23, 2014

Government stays bullish on economy

The government on Friday remained relatively upbeat about the economy in its May report but downgraded its views on output and imports following the first consumption tax hike in 17 years. Emphasizing that the negative impact of the April 1 tax hike is expected ...

Mar 23, 2014

Poll says more Japanese bullish on economy

The number of Japanese who believe the economy is heading in the right direction has risen to 22 percent, up from 11 percent from the previous year, according to a Cabinet Office survey. The figure was the highest since the survey began in 1998, ...

Nov 8, 2013

81% know of Russia-Japan isle row

A poll by the Cabinet Office found that 81.5 percent of the public is aware of the territorial row between Japan and Russia over islands off the northeast coast of Hokkaido, up 2.3 percentage points from the previous poll in 2008. Slightly more than ...

Sep 13, 2013

Basic economic assessment raised

The economy’s performance in September was revised upward Friday for the first time in two months as the government saw companies beefing up investment on expectations for the stimulus-driven recovery to accelerate. The world’s third-biggest economy “is on the way to recovery at a ...

Aug 15, 2013

Prolonged deflation near end: government

Prolonged deflation is on the verge of ending, the government said Thursday, while maintaining its upbeat assessment on the overall economy for the second straight month. “Recent price developments indicate that the deflation is ending,” the Cabinet Office said in its monthly economic report ...

Jun 14, 2013

Economy assessment upgraded despite chaos

The government on Thursday upgraded its basic assessment of the economy for the second straight month in June as the weaker yen has helped exports and despite growing uncertainties over the economic outlook due to recent financial market turmoil. The economy is “picking up ...

Economic assessment raised as weak yen fuels exports

May 21, 2013

Economic assessment raised as weak yen fuels exports

The government on Monday upgraded the economy for the first time in two months by deleting the word “weak” from its description to reflect the effect the “Abenomics”-weakened yen is having on exports and production. The economy “is picking up slowly,” the Cabinet Office ...

Apr 13, 2013

Economy's assessment not raised for April

The government on Friday left its monthly assessment of the economy unchanged for the first time in four months, with consumption and housing investment perking up but capital spending showing little movement. The economy “is showing indications of picking up recently, while weakness can ...