As births fall, economies may falter

May 8, 2014

As births fall, economies may falter

by Bernard Condon

Nancy Strumwasser, a New Jersey high school teacher, always thought she would have two children. But the layoffs that swept over the U.S. economy around the time her son was born six years ago helped change her mind. Though she and her husband, a ...

Apr 17, 2014

Tokyo downgrades economy as consumer confidence slumps

Consumer confidence fell in March to the lowest level since August 2011, and the government cut its economic assessment for the first time in 17 months, as the April 1 consumption tax hike sapped the public’s spending power. The reading of 37.5, down from ...

Apr 1, 2014

Banks see economy withstanding sales tax increase

The economy will probably withstand the consumption tax increase that took effect Tuesday as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe prepares stimulus measures and companies raise wages, the new head of the bank lobby said. Abe remains on track to achieve his goal of ending deflation ...

Mar 25, 2014

'Abenomics' after the tax hike

Uncertainties are deepening with regard to the course of Japan's economy after the three-percentage-point sales tax hike takes effect in April. Meanwhile, "Abenomics" appears to be losing steam.

Mar 23, 2014

Poll says more Japanese bullish on economy

The number of Japanese who believe the economy is heading in the right direction has risen to 22 percent, up from 11 percent from the previous year, according to a Cabinet Office survey. The figure was the highest since the survey began in 1998, ...

Mar 21, 2014

Rising land prices in big cities

For 2013, the megalopolises of Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka showed rises in both residential and commercial land prices for the first time in six years.

Mar 14, 2014

Second tax hike may hinge on 3% growth

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will face a tough decision at the end of the year on whether to implement a further consumption tax hike to 10 percent. The economy is expected to shrink after the consumption tax is first raised to 8 percent from ...

Japan's top chefs grapple with sustainable eating

Mar 6, 2014

Japan's top chefs grapple with sustainable eating

by Melinda Joe

After the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony in Singapore last month, chef Yoshihiro Narisawa was in high spirits, despite the late hour and the tropical February heat. His Tokyo restaurant, the eponymous Narisawa in the Aoyama district, had been named Best Restaurant in ...