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 ...

Ministries tussle over female recruits

Jul 15, 2014

Ministries tussle over female recruits

by Toru Ichikawa

Recruiters at central government offices have wound up a particularly hectic hiring season this year as they were faced with a new challenge — a tug of war over the best and the brightest female candidates to fulfill Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s order to ...

BOJ expected to tweak economic estimates during policy meeting

Jul 14, 2014

BOJ expected to tweak economic estimates during policy meeting

The Bank of Japan on Monday began a two-day policy meeting to review its growth and inflation forecasts for moderate economic expansion despite the April consumption tax hike. Financial market participants also expect the Policy Board to maintain the BOJ’s ultraloose monetary policy to ...

Companies expect stable inflation to set in

Jul 2, 2014

Companies expect stable inflation to set in

Companies are forecasting sustained price gains, providing support for the Bank of Japan’s campaign to generate stable inflation. They forecast inflation of 1.5 percent per year, unchanged from three months ago, the BOJ reported Wednesday. Companies see prices rising 1.6 percent from a year ...

Jul 2, 2014

Abe growth-related goals may avoid budgetary curbs

The government, while planning strict budget limitations for the next fiscal year, will give special treatment to upcoming request items that are deemed important for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s growth policy, NHK reported Wednesday. To stabilize the nation’s finances, which are in tatters, the ...

Jul 1, 2014

Abe's economic bull's-eye

by Koichi Hamada

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has unveiled the so-called third arrow of what has come to be known as Abenomics. It involves the removal of obstacles to growth for business, particularly the easing of regulatory barriers. Expect some officials to resist this initiative.

Output rises 0.8% in tax hike rebound

Jun 30, 2014

Output rises 0.8% in tax hike rebound

Industrial output recovered slightly in May from an earlier decline sparked by April’s sales tax hike, stabilizing as factories produced more machinery, vehicles and electronic devices, government data showed Monday. Factory output in the world’s third-largest economy climbed 0.8 percent in May from a ...