LDP's Tanigaki backs 2015 sales tax hike

Sep 13, 2014

LDP's Tanigaki backs 2015 sales tax hike

Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Sadakazu Tanigaki made clear his belief on Saturday that the government should raise the consumption tax rate again, to 10 percent in October 2015, as planned. “We should not put off things in the broad direction,” Tanigaki said during a ...

Sep 9, 2014

Abe needs more stimulus to raise sales tax, adviser Itoh says

The administration should consider a supplementary budget this year and will need to add stimulus for the economy to weather the planned increase in the consumption tax in 2015, according to Motoshige Itoh, a member of an advisory panel to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. ...

Japan current account balance back in black

Sep 8, 2014

Japan current account balance back in black

The nation’s current account balance was in the black for the first time in two months in July, hitting ¥416.7 billion as the income from foreign investments rose to a record high for the month, outweighing the trade deficit, the government said Monday. Imports ...

Aso plans new extra budget to cushion sales tax hike to 10%

Sep 5, 2014

Aso plans new extra budget to cushion sales tax hike to 10%

The Abe administration will compile another extra budget to mitigate the economic impact of the October 29015 tax hike, Finance Minister Taro Aso indicated on Friday. “It is necessary to prepare to craft a supplementary budget” this fiscal year, Aso said while expressing his ...

Sep 1, 2014

Auto sales fall to lowest in three years on sales tax hike

Auto sales tumbled to a three-year low last month, the latest sign that consumer spending is slumping following the April 1 consumption tax increase. Vehicle deliveries fell 9.1 percent from a year earlier to 333,471, the lowest since August 2011, according to industry figures ...

Aug 28, 2014

Additional sales tax hike difficult decision for Abe: adviser

Japan’s additional consumption tax hike planned for next year is a hard decision for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to make, given a slowdown in the nation’s economic recovery, one of his advisers said Wednesday. Etsuro Honda, a special adviser on economic affairs, also indicated ...

Aug 20, 2014

Skepticism over Abe's inflation goal grows as price gauge retreats

Traders are growing more skeptical Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will achieve his 2 percent inflation target after a sales tax increase derailed growth. The 10-year break-even rate, a gauge of expectations for consumer-price gains in inflation-linked bonds, dropped to 1.16 percent Tuesday, the lowest ...

Jul 14, 2014

Economic data mixed after Japan's sales tax hike

Economic indicators have been sending mixed signals since the consumption tax hike to 8 percent from 5 percent in April, with consumer confidence and employment faring well and household spending and capital investment slumping. Although the government and some private-sector economists remain confident the ...

Jul 7, 2014

Tax hike blurs economic outlook as indicators dip

An index of indicators used to predict future economic conditions fell in May for the fourth straight month May, with the first consumption tax hike in 17 years denting optimism, the government said Monday. The index of leading indicators, which predicts economic developments in ...

Jul 7, 2014

BOJ sanguine on state of regional economies

The Bank of Japan said in a quarterly report Monday that the nation’s nine regional economies are still robust despite downward pressure from the April 1 consumption tax hike. The tax hike to 8 percent from 5 percent was expected to dent household and ...