Fears grow over Nikkei strength

Apr 11, 2015

Fears grow over Nikkei strength

Monetary easing and optimism about the economy briefly pushed the Nikkei 225 stock average above 20,000 points for the first time in 15 years last week, but analysts warn that share prices may be higher than warranted by the real economy.

Households feeling little benefit from higher stocks

Apr 11, 2015

Households feeling little benefit from higher stocks

While the benchmark Nikkei 225 average briefly topped 20,000 for the first time in about 15 years on Friday, Japanese households are feeling little benefit from the higher stock market. The strong performance of the Nikkei suggests that stock market players continue giving high ...

Apr 8, 2015

Summer bonuses to rise for second straight year

Summer bonuses are expected to rise for a second straight year, though by less than in 2014, according to private-sector estimates. The average bonus this summer is expected to rise 2.3 percent year on year, to ¥379,000 per worker, Mizuho Securities Co. said Tuesday. ...

Apr 4, 2015

Unions at 90% of small firms win average ¥1,900 monthly pay hike

About 90 percent of labor unions at small and midsize manufacturers won pay scale increases in this year’s shunto spring wage negotiations, an umbrella organization said. Of the 132 labor unions that received responses from management to their wage increase requests, 118 unions, or ...

Apr 2, 2015

60% of Japanese cut spending after tax hike: BOJ survey

A Bank of Japan survey revealed Thursday that 59.8 percent of respondents tightened their purse strings after the consumption tax hike in April last year. Of them, 75.3 percent said they were still curbing spending, according to the survey, which was conducted between Feb. ...