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’ ...

Oct 17, 2015

Aso says BOJ unlikely to expand easing for now

The central bank is unlikely to expand its unprecedented economic stimulus for now, Finance Minister Taro Aso said, citing a surplus of money in the economy and weak domestic demand. “At this point, the government is not thinking about anything like that, and probably ...

Oct 8, 2015

Current account surplus gets six-fold boost from tourism

The current account surplus expanded more than six-fold in August compared with the previous year to log a surplus for the 14th consecutive month, thanks in part to foreign visitors lifting the travel surplus to a record high, the government said in a preliminary ...

Sentiment for big corporations turns positive in July-September

Sep 11, 2015

Sentiment for big corporations turns positive in July-September

Business sentiment for major companies turned positive for the first time in two quarters in July-September, thanks primarily to a recovery by manufacturers such as automakers, a government survey showed Friday. The business sentiment index for companies with capital of ¥1 billion or more ...