Sep 28, 2016

Japan slips to eighth in WEF competitiveness ranking

Japan has ranked eighth in the World Economic Forum’s annual global competitiveness rankings covering 138 countries and regions, down from the previous year’s sixth, the WEF said Wednesday. Japan’s overall competitive performance was dragged down by lower evaluations on innovation and higher education, according ...

Sep 30, 2015

Competitiveness list keeps Japan at sixth, Switzerland on top

Japan retained sixth place in this year’s global competitiveness rankings, with Switzerland remaining at the top for the seventh consecutive year, the World Economic Forum said in its report Wednesday. Singapore and the United States placed second and third, respectively, while Germany was fourth ...

Jan 31, 2015

Japanese talent needs grooming

Japan recently ranked No. 20 worldwide in a business school survey of competitiveness and worker quality. That's not terrible, but it does reveal a lack of readiness for the future global economy.

/ Sep 3, 2014

Japan rises to sixth in WEF competitiveness rankings

Japan rose to sixth from ninth in the World Economic Forum’s annual assessment of global competitiveness, the WEF said Wednesday. The ranking compares 144 nations. In its Global Competitiveness Report, the Geneva-based think tank praised the stability of the government of Prime Minister Shinzo ...

/ Apr 24, 2014

Biz tax cut would lift GDP: METI

Japan’s gross domestic product would likely grow by at least ¥7 trillion if the effective corporate tax rate were to fall by about 10 points from the current level of around 35 percent, the industry ministry said in a recent survey. The estimate comes ...

/ Mar 12, 2014

Government panel urges cut in corporate tax

A government tax panel called Wednesday for a corporate tax cut in an attempt to boost foreign investment despite budgetary constraints, according to a statement presented by its chief, Hiroko Ota. Ota, a former finance minister who heads the panel, which has been newly ...

/ Feb 3, 2013

Japan's competitiveness

Japan's world ranking in "economic competitiveness" is slipping. The nation came in 10th in 2012, continuing its slide from the sixth spot in 2010.