Japanese wholesale prices slump 3.9% in July

Aug 10, 2016

Japanese wholesale prices slump 3.9% in July

Wholesale prices fell 3.9 percent in July from a year earlier for a 16th straight monthly drop, dragged down by a strong yen and falling crude oil and commodity prices, Bank of Japan data showed Wednesday. The index of corporate goods prices stood at ...

Jul 26, 2016

Penny-pinching Japanese households spend less on having fun

Whether it is the young or the old, Japanese consumers are spending less on fun, and that is bad news for Abenomics. With many pensioners on fixed incomes focused on buying the essentials, and a growing number of workers in their 20s and early ...

Bank of Japan's Kuroda rules out 'helicopter money'

Jul 21, 2016

Bank of Japan's Kuroda rules out 'helicopter money'

Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda ruled out the idea of using “helicopter money” — or directly underwriting the budget deficit — to combat deflation, as policymakers gear up to expand existing stimulus programs. Japanese markets have risen this month on speculation that authorities, ...

60% of Japan's households feeling financial hardship

Jul 12, 2016

60% of Japan's households feeling financial hardship

Over 60 percent of households across Japan found themselves facing financial difficulties last year, according to a government survey. The proportion stood at 60.3 percent as of July 2015, the fourth-highest level since the survey started in 1986, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry ...

BOJ to discuss cutting inflation forecasts after dismal data

Jul 4, 2016

BOJ to discuss cutting inflation forecasts after dismal data

In light of recent dismal data on prices, the Bank of Japan is expected to discuss cutting its inflation forecasts at its next monetary policy meeting, scheduled for July 28 and 29. The central bank will possibly lower its inflation projection for this fiscal ...