Jul 30, 2014

IMF examines risks that could lead to sharp cut in Japan's growth

The International Monetary Fund has presented a worst-case combination of risks that could shave Japan’s real gross domestic product growth by as much as 4 percentage points. The economy would contract if the country simultaneously faces sluggish wage growth, a firmer yen, stock price ...

Jul 30, 2014

Japan's output drops most since 2011 as consumers spend less

Industrial output fell the most since the March 2011 disasters, government data showed Wednesday, highlighting the widening impact to the economy of the April 1 consumption tax increase. Industrial output dropped 3.3 percent in June from May, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry ...

Abe top globetrotter in Japan-is-back blitz

Jul 29, 2014

Abe top globetrotter in Japan-is-back blitz

If it’s Monday, it must be Trinidad and Tobago. That’s what Prime Minister Shinzo Abe could have said as he woke up Monday in Port of Spain, the Caribbean country’s capital. By Monday next week Abe will have visited 47 nations since taking office ...

Jul 25, 2014

Cabinet OKs guidelines for fiscal 2015 budget

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet on Friday approved guidelines for compiling the fiscal 2015 budget and said it aimed to improve the economy and restore Japan’s fiscal health — the worst among the major industrialized countries. An estimate released earlier in the day, however, ...

Jul 24, 2014

UNDP hails Abe's drive for women

Efforts to raise Japan's dismal female presence in the workforce should generate significant economic gains, the head of the U.N. Development Program says.

Jul 20, 2014

Number of women in senior government posts inches up

The number of women assigned to bureau director general and higher posts in the government has risen to 15 from eight so far this summer. Among these appointees, Kumiko Bando, deputy minister of education, culture, sports, science and technology, was elevated to secretary-general of ...

| Jul 19, 2014

Modi's upcoming Japan visit signals closer ties

by Jeff Kingston

India’s newly elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi is coming to Tokyo in August to meet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, signaling closer bilateral ties infused by personal chemistry and shared values. The Namo-Shinzo show will be an elaborately choreographed red-carpet extravaganza to highlight the ...