Apr 6, 2016

Composite economic index down in February

The composite index of economic indicators, reflecting the current state of the economy, fell in February, the government said Wednesday. The index of coincident indicators, such as industrial output, retail sales and new job offers, declined 3.2 points from the previous month to 110.3 ...

Mar 11, 2016

Japan big firms' business sentiment slumps in first quarter

Business sentiment among major Japanese companies in January-March turned negative for the first time in three quarters, affected by stock price falls and the yen’s rise earlier this year, a quarterly government survey showed Friday. The business sentiment index for companies with capital of ...

Consumer confidence, sentiment weaken in February

Mar 9, 2016

Consumer confidence, sentiment weaken in February

Consumer confidence worsened in February amid a decline in the country’s corporate performance and China’s economic slowdown, the Cabinet Office said, downgrading its assessment of the index for the second consecutive month. Another survey, also released by the office on Tuesday, showed business confidence ...

Jan 15, 2016

Japan's national wealth up for second straight year in 2014

Japan’s national wealth at the end of 2014 totaled ¥3.11 quadrillion, up 2.0 percent from the year before and increasing for the second straight year, the Cabinet Office said Friday. The growth in national wealth, or net assets owned by the country’s central and ...

Jan 12, 2016

Economic sentiment improves in December on brisk holiday sales

Business confidence among people with jobs sensitive to economic conditions improved in December, the government said Tuesday. Confidence fell in November but a year-end uptick took place amid brisk sales at Christmas and New Year’s. The diffusion index of sentiment on the country’s current ...