Jul 1, 2015

Land prices rise in 10 prefectures, but overall trend is down

Land prices in Japan rose in 10 prefectures over the year to Jan. 1, the National Tax Agency said in an annual report released Wednesday. In the previous year of measurement, prices rose in eight prefectures. But nationwide prices declined an average 0.4 percent ...

Consumer prices inch higher as Kuroda pumps stimulus

Jun 26, 2015

Consumer prices inch higher as Kuroda pumps stimulus

Consumer prices rose fractionally in May, as Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda tries to generate inflation with unprecedented monetary stimulus. Consumer prices excluding fresh food increased 0.1 percent from a year earlier, the statistics bureau said on Friday, versus forecasts by economists for ...

Pricy beef bowls show how to beat deflation

Jun 12, 2015

Pricy beef bowls show how to beat deflation

by Keiko Ujikane and Monami Yui

Restaurants, food producers and retailers are among a small but growing number of companies doing what few managed for long during Japan’s lost decades: raising prices. From beef bowl chain Matsuya Foods Co. to supermarket and convenience store operator Seven & I Holdings Co., ...

Jun 10, 2015

BOJ policymaker foresees more difficulty in monetary easing policy

A Bank of Japan policymaker said Wednesday it appears to be becoming more difficult for the central bank to implement its large-scale monetary easing, citing the limited effects of additional easing steps introduced last October. “The market’s outlook on economic activity and prices has ...

Jun 9, 2015

Japan consumer confidence fell in May for second straight month

Consumer confidence worsened in May for the second straight month amid rising prices of goods such as food, data showed Tuesday, prompting the government to downgrade its assessment. The seasonally adjusted index of sentiment among households made up of two or more people fell ...

May 29, 2015

BOJ inflation gauge slows to zero as oil weighs

by Toru Fujioka

The Bank of Japan’s main gauge of inflation slowed to zero, as cheaper oil prices counter Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda’s effort to reflate the economy. Consumer prices excluding fresh food and effects of last year’s consumption tax increase were unchanged in April from a year ...