Jul 29, 2016

Japan's consumer prices off for fourth straight month in June

Japan’s consumer prices fell 0.5 percent in June from a year earlier for the fourth straight month of decline, the government said Friday, adding pressure on the Bank of Japan to further ease monetary policy to boost inflation. The core consumer price index, which ...

Bank of Japan's Kuroda rules out 'helicopter money'

Jul 21, 2016

Bank of Japan's Kuroda rules out 'helicopter money'

Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda ruled out the idea of using “helicopter money” — or directly underwriting the budget deficit — to combat deflation, as policymakers gear up to expand existing stimulus programs. Japanese markets have risen this month on speculation that authorities, ...

Jul 12, 2016

Japan's wholesale prices fell 4.2% in June

Wholesale prices fell 4.2 percent in June from a year earlier for a 15th straight month of decline, impacted by falling crude oil and commodity prices, as well as a strong yen, Bank of Japan data showed Tuesday. The index of corporate goods prices ...

May 18, 2016

Economic growth remains fragile

The nation’s economy has escaped a back-to-back quarterly decline, as shown by the preliminary data for the January-March period — which has been closely watched as a possible clue to whether Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will go ahead with the consumption tax hike in ...

Mar 10, 2016

Japanese wholesale prices fell 3.4% in February

Wholesale prices fell 3.4 percent in February from a year earlier on cheap oil and a firmer yen, the Bank of Japan said Thursday. It was the 11th straight month of decline. The index of corporate goods prices stood at 99.8 against the 2010 ...