Jul 10, 2015

June consumer confidence rises for first time in three months

Consumer confidence improved slightly in June, rising for the first time in three months amid higher share prices and improving employment conditions, the government said Friday. The seasonally adjusted index of sentiment among households made up of two or more people increased 0.3 point ...

Jun 14, 2015

Consumer groups question Japan's new food labeling system

Consumer groups have raised questions about Japan’s new food labeling system, which allows companies to tout products’ health benefits without any proof. More than 200 applications for indicating health functions under the labeling system had been filed by Friday. The Consumer Affairs Agency has ...

Jun 9, 2015

Japan consumer confidence fell in May for second straight month

Consumer confidence worsened in May for the second straight month amid rising prices of goods such as food, data showed Tuesday, prompting the government to downgrade its assessment. The seasonally adjusted index of sentiment among households made up of two or more people fell ...

Mar 31, 2015

Administration to push major revisions to Civil Code

The Abe administration gave the go-ahead Tuesday to carry out major revisions to claims-related sections in the Civil Code for the first time in about 120 years. The proposed revisions to the Civil Code, which was established in 1896, are designed to introduce rules ...

December consumer confidence up for first time in five months

Jan 19, 2015

December consumer confidence up for first time in five months

Consumer confidence improved for the first time in five months in December, the government said on Monday, suggesting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s decision to postpone the second stage of the consumption tax hike has eased fears about Japan’s economic outlook. The seasonally adjusted index ...

Jan 13, 2015

Tax hike may have lowered private spending by ¥1 trillion

Last April’s consumption tax hike is estimated to have pushed down private spending by nearly ¥1 trillion for the six months through September, the Cabinet Office said in an annual economic report released Tuesday. The downturn in private spending, which accounts for more than ...

'Butter refugees' cry over spilled milk

Nov 10, 2014

'Butter refugees' cry over spilled milk

Shoppers are up in arms over a serious butter shortage that has forced the government to resort to emergency imports and some grocers to limit sales to one package per customer. Some store shelves are bare and retailers are trumpeting the arrival of new ...