Nov 29, 2016

Household spending continues to tumble

The nation’s household spending fell for the eighth straight month and the jobless rate remained flat in October, posing persistent challenges for the government’s efforts to spur growth momentum in the economy, government data showed Tuesday. Household spending, a key indicator of private consumption, ...

Nov 9, 2016

Current account surplus surges in April-September to ¥10.3 trillion

The nation’s current account surplus in the April-September period surged 20.5 percent from a year before to ¥10.3 trillion, hitting the highest level on a fiscal half-year basis since the second half of fiscal 2007, government data showed Wednesday. The current account balance was ...

Oct 7, 2016

Key economic index takes first dip in three months

The coincident index of economic indicators fell for the first time in three months in August, the government said in a preliminary report Friday. The coincident index, which reflects the current state of the economy based on industrial output, retail sales, new job offers ...

Sep 21, 2016

Strong yen resulted in trade deficit in August

Japan posted a goods trade deficit of ¥18.71 billion in August for the first red ink in three months, with a firming yen pushing down the value of exports, government data showed Wednesday. The value of exports dropped 9.6 percent from a year earlier ...

Japanese factory output disappoints in July

Aug 31, 2016

Japanese factory output disappoints in July

Factory output stagnated in July from the previous month, data showed Wednesday, in a further blow to the world’s third-largest economy. The lackluster result came after a series of disappointing data, which raised a red flag for an economy that stalled in the second ...

Japan's June core machinery orders log first rise in three months

Aug 10, 2016

Japan's June core machinery orders log first rise in three months

Japan’s core private-sector machinery orders rose a seasonally adjusted 8.3 percent in June from May, rebounding from two straight month of decline, the government said Wednesday, led by large orders for transport equipment including rail cars. The orders, widely viewed as a leading indicator ...

Japanese wholesale prices slump 3.9% in July

Aug 10, 2016

Japanese wholesale prices slump 3.9% in July

Wholesale prices fell 3.9 percent in July from a year earlier for a 16th straight monthly drop, dragged down by a strong yen and falling crude oil and commodity prices, Bank of Japan data showed Wednesday. The index of corporate goods prices stood at ...

Aug 8, 2016

July bankruptcies fall to 26-year low, down 9.5% on year

The number of corporate bankruptcies fell last month to the lowest level for a July in 26 years and down 9.5 percent from a year earlier to 712, according to a credit research agency. The figure marked the fifth straight monthly drop, Tokyo Shoko ...

Japan corporate bankruptcies for January-June lowest since 1990

Jul 8, 2016

Japan corporate bankruptcies for January-June lowest since 1990

The number of corporate bankruptcies in Japan and total liabilities left by failed firms hit their lowest level for a first-half year since 1990 during the nation’s bubble economy, Tokyo Shoko Research Ltd. said Friday. The number of failed firms dropped 6.5 percent from ...

Jul 1, 2016

Japan consumer confidence up again in June

Consumer confidence improved in June for a second month amid better employment conditions and relatively stable stock markets, the government said Friday. The seasonally adjusted index of sentiment among households made up of two or more people rose 0.9 points to 41.8, the Cabinet ...