Sep 15, 2014

OECD cuts growth outlook for G-7, worried about eurozone

The OECD on Monday cut its economic outlook for the Group of Seven nations in 2014, including Japan, while expecting a moderate expansion to continue in most of the major economies. In its interim economic assessment report, the Paris-based organization also said the “most ...

Sep 11, 2014

BOJ adviser Kawai urges Abe to proceed with second tax hike

The Abe administration should proceed with the next consumption tax hike as planned to signal it is serious about reining in the world’s biggest debt burden, an adviser to Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda said. Annualized growth of 2.5 percent or more this ...

Sep 9, 2014

Abe needs more stimulus to raise sales tax, adviser Itoh says

The administration should consider a supplementary budget this year and will need to add stimulus for the economy to weather the planned increase in the consumption tax in 2015, according to Motoshige Itoh, a member of an advisory panel to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. ...

April-June business investment up 3% despite tax hike

Sep 1, 2014

April-June business investment up 3% despite tax hike

Capital spending by nonfinancial Japanese companies rose 3.0 percent in the April-June period from a year earlier, indicating that the first consumption tax hike in 17 years has not significantly affected corporate investment, the government said Monday. Business investment by all nonfinancial sectors for ...

Aug 21, 2014

Think tanks revise down GDP outlook for fiscal 2014

Private think tanks have cut their estimates for Japan’s gross domestic product for fiscal 2014 after the economy reportedly shrank at its fastest pace in 13 quarters in April-June. Japan’s price-adjusted real GDP will grow only 0.5 percent in the year ending next March, ...

Aug 20, 2014

Skepticism over Abe's inflation goal grows as price gauge retreats

Traders are growing more skeptical Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will achieve his 2 percent inflation target after a sales tax increase derailed growth. The 10-year break-even rate, a gauge of expectations for consumer-price gains in inflation-linked bonds, dropped to 1.16 percent Tuesday, the lowest ...

75% oppose second stage of sales tax hike

Aug 15, 2014

75% oppose second stage of sales tax hike

Three-quarters of the public is against the second stage of consumption tax hike planned for October 2015, after taking a heavy blow from the first stage in April, according to the latest survey. In a survey carried out by Jiji Press over four days ...

Aug 14, 2014

Eurozone growth grinds to a halt

The eurozone’s economy unexpectedly stalled in the second quarter of the year, dragged down by shrinking growth in Germany and stagnant France, ringing alarm bells about the health of the bloc’s economy as it braces for impact of sanctions against Russia. The 18 countries ...

Aug 14, 2014

GDP plunge prompts talk of speeding up regional stimulus package

The Abe administration plans to accelerate efforts to compile an economic stimulus package for regions outside Tokyo in light of the bleak gross domestic product data released for the April-June quarter, government sources said. The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appears to believe ...