Jun 20, 2016

IMF report calls for 'Abenomics' reload as quest for goals continues

Japan is falling short of its economic targets and needs to reload the “three arrows” of “Abenomics” to support higher wages and labor-market reforms, the International Monetary Fund said in a report published Monday. “Under current policies, the high nominal growth goal, the inflation ...

Jun 17, 2016

Yen may climb as Japan faces another lost decade: Moody's

Japan is headed for another lost decade as the economy faces prolonged stagnation and the yen will probably strengthen more as deflation continues, Moody’s Analytics said. The yen surged to its strongest level in almost two years against the dollar Thursday, touching 103.55, after ...

Quarterly GDP is revised up, showing 1.9% growth

Jun 8, 2016

Quarterly GDP is revised up, showing 1.9% growth

The economy grew slightly more than initially reported for the first quarter, helped by a fractional revision in private consumption and business investment that dropped less than first thought. Gross domestic product expanded by an annualized 1.9 percent in the three months ended March ...

Kuroda should drop two-year inflation target: former BOJ director

Jun 7, 2016

Kuroda should drop two-year inflation target: former BOJ director

The Bank of Japan should abandon its two-year time frame for achieving 2 percent inflation to avoid the pressure of having to take more drastic measures to reach the distant goal, a former BOJ executive director has said. “It’s already conducting very bold stimulus,” ...

Jun 1, 2016

Japan Inc. welcomes second deferment of consumption tax hike

Executives of some Japanese firms, especially retailers and food makers, have voiced support for a delay in the second-stage consumption tax hike to October 2019. Others, however, are calling for the hike, from 8 percent to 10 percent, to go ahead in April 2017 as scheduled, citing ...