'Tankan' finds improvement in manufacturers' confidence

Oct 1, 2014

'Tankan' finds improvement in manufacturers' confidence

Confidence in the manufacturing sector has risen against expectations, showing resilience in the economy — and perhaps bolstering the case for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hiking the consumption tax again next year. The “tankan” index of large manufacturers rose to 13 in September from ...

Sep 11, 2014

BOJ adviser Kawai urges Abe to proceed with second tax hike

The Abe administration should proceed with the next consumption tax hike as planned to signal it is serious about reining in the world’s biggest debt burden, an adviser to Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda said. Annualized growth of 2.5 percent or more this ...

Sep 4, 2014

BOJ keeps easing in place as headwinds against inflation grow

The Bank of Japan kept its record stimulus unchanged Thursday as Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda looks to keep stoking inflation and boost economic momentum that’s been sapped by a higher sales tax. The bank kept its pledge to increase the monetary base at an annual ...

Sep 3, 2014

BOJ expected to stay rosy as policy meeting starts

The Bank of Japan opened a two-day policy meeting Wednesday, with market watchers expecting the central bank to keep policy steady and exude economic optimism despite negative fallout from the first stage of the consumption tax hike in April. The BOJ was set to ...