Dec 26, 2014

Job availability rose for second month in row in November

Job availability rose for a second straight month in November, the government said Friday, suggesting firms are seeking to hire more workers as corporate profits improve. The ratio of job offers to job-seekers climbed to 1.12 from 1.10 in October, meaning 112 positions were ...

Dec 26, 2014

What the revised jump in U.S. growth means

The strength of the U.S. economy stands in stark contrast to what is happening in the eurozone and Japan, and the resulting divergence will be accompanied by opposing monetary-policy responses.

Inflation drive hampered by recession-hobbled economy

Dec 26, 2014

Inflation drive hampered by recession-hobbled economy

Inflation slowed for a fourth month in November and industrial production and retail sales unexpectedly dropped, based on government data released Friday, pointing to further weakness in an economy Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is trying to revive from recession. Output fell 0.6 percent in ...

Dec 16, 2014

How regulation spurs growth

by Rod Hunter

The world's richer countries created their regulatory infrastructure over generations, during a time of little direct global competition. Emerging markets need to create theirs in a greatly compressed time frame to strengthen their growth capacity.

Oct 7, 2014

A resurgent U.S. economy

The U.S. economy is posting the strongest growth since the end of 2011, outpacing the forecasts and confounding experts who saw a country that had lost its vitality.

Oct 6, 2014

World Bank cuts developing East Asia forecast on China woes

The World Bank has lowered its forecasts for growth in developing East Asia this year and next, as China’s expansion slows down and policymakers brace for tighter global monetary conditions. The region is forecast to grow 6.9 percent in 2014 and 2015, down from ...

Bad weather may have slashed economic growth in July-September

Oct 2, 2014

Bad weather may have slashed economic growth in July-September

Bad weather this summer, including successive typhoons, may have pushed economic growth down by 0.8 percentage point to 2.4 points in annualized real terms in the July-September quarter, the government said. The estimate, presented Wednesday by the Cabinet Office to a meeting of the ...

Aug 21, 2014

Think tanks revise down GDP outlook for fiscal 2014

Private think tanks have cut their estimates for Japan’s gross domestic product for fiscal 2014 after the economy reportedly shrank at its fastest pace in 13 quarters in April-June. Japan’s price-adjusted real GDP will grow only 0.5 percent in the year ending next March, ...

Aug 15, 2014

64% of small firms to issue pay hikes this year: METI

A Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry survey revealed Friday that 64.5 percent of the nation’s small companies have decided to raise pay this fiscal year, up from 56.8 percent the previous year. “The virtuous cycle of the economy is having a wider impact,” ...

75% oppose second stage of sales tax hike

Aug 15, 2014

75% oppose second stage of sales tax hike

Three-quarters of the public is against the second stage of consumption tax hike planned for October 2015, after taking a heavy blow from the first stage in April, according to the latest survey. In a survey carried out by Jiji Press over four days ...