Mar 5, 2015

Growth in Japan uneven, tied to population size: poll

Despite Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s focus on revitalizing regional economies, growth remains uneven across Japan — with the pace of recovery slow the past year in municipalities with smaller populations, a Kyodo News survey showed Wednesday. Nearly 80 percent of local leaders who responded ...

Inflation rate slowest since war on falling prices began

Feb 27, 2015

Inflation rate slowest since war on falling prices began

The inflation rate has fallen to its lowest level since just after the Abe administration launched its high-profile offensive aimed at conquering years of falling prices and tepid growth, data showed Friday. The disappointing figures — weighed down by weak consumer spending and falling ...

Feb 13, 2015

BOJ sees extra stimulus as counterproductive for now

by Masahiro Hidaka

Bank of Japan policymakers view further monetary easing to shore up inflation as a counterproductive step at present, amid concern it could trigger declines in the yen that damage confidence, sources said. The yen strengthened after the remarks, which indicate a possible shift in ...

Feb 5, 2015

Abe boosts Kuroda reflation effort with BOJ board nomination

by Toru Fujioka

The Abe administration has nominated a proponent of reflationary monetary policy for the central bank’s board, buttressing Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda’s effort to end a two-decade slump in the world’s third-biggest economy. The government proposed economist Yutaka Harada to replace Ryuzo Miyao, whose term ends ...