May 28, 2015

Government pledges to help foreign students find jobs in Japan

The government has unveiled a package of measures to help foreign residents find jobs in Japan after studying in the country. The Cabinet Office will hold seminars to provide universities with information about corporate internships and employment support programs for students from overseas, it ...

Feb 6, 2015

Composite index suggests economy is improving

Japan’s key composite index rose in December following a fall the previous month, the government said on Friday, suggesting the country’s economy may have overcome the negative impact of the 3-percentage-point consumption tax hike to 8 percent last April. The December index of coincident ...

Machinery orders logged weak 1.3% gain in November

Jan 15, 2015

Machinery orders logged weak 1.3% gain in November

Core machinery orders edged up 1.3 percent from a month earlier to ¥788.0 billion in November, the government said Thursday, a weak figure that suggests companies are reluctant to boost investment as the yen sinks and import costs rise, and one that caused it ...

Government maintains upbeat assessment of Japanese economy

Nov 25, 2014

Government maintains upbeat assessment of Japanese economy

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration on Tuesday upheld its relatively bullish view of the economy despite the recent surprise release of data showing Japan had fallen into recession following the April 1 consumption tax hike. “The Japanese economy is on a moderate recovery, while ...

Government downgrades economic assessment second straight month

Oct 21, 2014

Government downgrades economic assessment second straight month

The government on Tuesday downgraded its assessment of the economy for the second straight month, as the consumption tax hike in April continued to hit consumer spending and industrial production. “The Japanese economy is on a moderate recovery, while weakness can be seen recently,” ...

Sep 8, 2014

Business confidence fell in August as downpours hit nation

Business confidence among workers sensitive to economic trends fell in August for the first time in four months as prolonged rain and typhoons discouraged consumers from spending. The diffusion index of responses to the government’s survey of “economy watchers” such as taxi drivers and ...