August machinery orders bounce back from plunge in May

Oct 9, 2014

August machinery orders bounce back from plunge in May

Core private-sector machinery orders rose a seasonally adjusted 4.7 percent from a month earlier in August to ¥807.8 billion, data showed Thursday, prompting the government to upgrade a leading indicator of capital spending. Core orders, excluding those for ships as well as from utilities ...

Sep 26, 2014

Consumer inflation rose slower than projected in August

Consumer inflation slowed further in August, official data showed Friday, stoking concerns about the government’s war on deflation. Core consumer inflation, stripping out volatile fresh food prices, was 3.1 percent year on year, the internal affairs ministry reported. That was below markets’ median forecast ...

Sep 19, 2014

Cabinet sobers up on Japan's economic fundamentals

Japan’s economic fundamentals were downgraded in a monthly report Friday as the government issued its first gloomy appraisal in five months, citing persistent weakness but insisting a slow recovery was underway. “The Japanese economy is making a moderate recovery, while weakness can be seen ...

Local governments upgrading gifts to collect tax donations

Sep 18, 2014

Local governments upgrading gifts to collect tax donations

Local governments are upgrading the goods and services they provide to people who make contributions to them under the “hometown tax” system. The system allows people to donate money to local governments of their choice, such as their hometowns. Donors get deductions in resident ...

Sep 17, 2014

Government to lower economic assessment

The government is considering lowering its assessment of the economy in the monthly report for September, it was learned Wednesday. This would mark the first downgrade since April, when the economy was hit by a pullback in demand after the April 1 consumption tax ...

Aug 29, 2014

Japan economy stalls as incomes, spending languish

Japan’s vital signs remained weak in July, as wages fell further and household spending dropped, signaling continued weakness in the world’s third-largest economy. Data released Friday showed inflation was flat. The core consumer price index, excluding volatile fresh food prices, stood at 3.3 percent, ...