Japan's Abe exploring delicate timing of tax hike decision

| May 24, 2016

Japan's Abe exploring delicate timing of tax hike decision

As this summer’s Upper House election draws near, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces the difficult problem of when to make the final decision on a planned consumption tax increase. Speculation is growing that Abe will again postpone the consumption tax hike, currently planned for ...

May 9, 2016

Real wages rise in March at sharpest rate in five years

Real wages rose at the fastest pace in more than five years in March, creating hopes for greater consumer spending, government data showed Monday. Average inflation-adjusted wages gained 1.4 percent from a year earlier for the second consecutive month of growth, the Health, Labor ...

Apr 28, 2016

Consumer prices fell 0.3% in March

Consumer prices fell 0.3 percent in March compared with a year earlier due to lower energy prices, the government said Thursday, leaving the Bank of Japan far behind in its quest to stoke 2 percent inflation. The core consumer price index, which excludes volatile ...

Apr 4, 2016

Japan Inc. inflation expectations decline as confidence wanes

Japanese companies have cut their inflation forecasts for the next five years, indicating that even after adopting a negative-rate policy, the Bank of Japan is struggling to persuade businesses that sustained price gains will take hold. Companies are projecting 1.2 percent inflation in five ...