Mar 11, 2016

Japan big firms' business sentiment slumps in first quarter

Business sentiment among major Japanese companies in January-March turned negative for the first time in three quarters, affected by stock price falls and the yen’s rise earlier this year, a quarterly government survey showed Friday. The business sentiment index for companies with capital of ...

Dec 17, 2015

Japan's trade deficit narrows but exports remain weak

The nation’s trade balance narrowed last month, but exports fell again, official data showed Thursday. The slump was acute regarding shipments to China. The disappointing export figures underscore concerns about China’s growth, despite signs of a modest pickup in the Japanese economy. The finance ...

Japan's government urged to cut doctor fees, drug costs

Nov 24, 2015

Japan's government urged to cut doctor fees, drug costs

A Finance Ministry panel on Tuesday urged the government to limit increases in social security expenses in fiscal 2016 as the state tries to rein in the costs of a graying society. “We’d like to call for limiting the increase for the ‘graying factor’ ...