Another term for BOJ's Kuroda is an option: Abe adviser

Jan 27, 2017

Another term for BOJ's Kuroda is an option: Abe adviser

Tapping Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda for another term early next year is an option because of the need for seamless policy continuity, an economic adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said. “Kuroda is doing a terrific job,” Etsuro Honda, one of ...

Japan's CPI falls 0.3% in 2016 in first fall in four years

/ Jan 27, 2017

Japan's CPI falls 0.3% in 2016 in first fall in four years

Japan on Friday logged its first annual consumer price decline in four years, underscoring the challenges facing Tokyo’s fight to rid the world’s No. 3 economy of deflation. Government data showed prices dropped 0.3 percent in 2016 from a year earlier, as weak household ...

BOJ lifts assessment of three regional economies

/ Jan 16, 2017

BOJ lifts assessment of three regional economies

The Bank of Japan on Monday lifted its economic assessment of three of the country’s nine regions, citing a pickup in consumer spending. “The effects of the decline in stock prices after early 2016 and of the irregular weather seen that summer has waned,” ...

/ Jan 9, 2017

Japan's zero growth nightmare

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It’s the rare economic tale that involves suicides, robots and arms dealers. Welcome to Japan, where science fiction may begin to trump economic fact in ways the global audience has yet to realize. That’s not what the financial headlines suggest. As the press put ...

Jan 3, 2017

Small startups run by women getting more loans

Loans to women aiming to start a small business are increasing in line with the Abe administration’s policy of boosting the role of women in the economy and society. The government-owned Japan Finance Corp. (JFC) made 1,282 loans for ¥3 million or less to ...

Jan 2, 2017

Abenomics four years on

With economic growth remaining fragile and uneven, it's time for the Abe administration to pursue structural reforms more vigorously.