Aug 12, 2016

First-quarter profit fell by 16% for major Japan firms

Major nonfinancial companies saw year-on-year profits fall by 15.9 percent in the first quarter, thanks largely to the pricey yen, data show. Combined sales shrank 5.9 percent, according to the tally for April to June. The figures cover the 1,219 firms listed on the ...

Steel king NSSMC cedes crown to Arcelor as yen soars

Aug 5, 2016

Steel king NSSMC cedes crown to Arcelor as yen soars


Japan’s biggest steel maker is top of the pile no more, as a resurgent yen hands a competitive advantage to overseas rivals amid an unprecedented global glut. Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. has been overtaken as the world’s most valuable producer by Europe’s ...

Jul 1, 2016

New BOJ member Masai warns about risks of excessive forex moves

The Bank of Japan’s new board member has warned that excessive moves in foreign-exchange markets pose risks for economic activity. “It’s undesirable for foreign-exchange rates to move by not reflecting economic fundamentals,” Takako Masai, the board member who officially joined the bank Thursday, said ...