May 23, 2016

Japan pays least since 2005 for LNG amid price slump

Japan, the world’s biggest buyer of LNG, paid the lowest price in about 11 years for the fuel last month amid a global oversupply. The average price of LNG shipments into the country was about $6.32 per million British thermal units in April, the ...

May 10, 2016

Japan's national debt climbs to a dizzying ¥1,049.37 trillion

Central government debt stood at ¥1,049.37 trillion — or just over 1 quadrillion — at the end of March, up ¥4.78 trillion from three months earlier, the Finance Ministry said Tuesday. The growing debt reflects a lack of financial resources amid ballooning social security ...

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 ...