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 ...

Jul 1, 2016

Japan consumer confidence up again in June

Consumer confidence improved in June for a second month amid better employment conditions and relatively stable stock markets, the government said Friday. The seasonally adjusted index of sentiment among households made up of two or more people rose 0.9 points to 41.8, the Cabinet ...

Japan clobbered by weak inflation, businesss confidence

Jul 1, 2016

Japan clobbered by weak inflation, businesss confidence

Japan was clobbered with a one-two punch Friday morning as weak data and a lackluster business confidence report underscored the slowdown dragging on the world’s No. 3 economy. The poor readings will heap pressure on policymakers to unveil more stimulus, after the yen surged ...

Abenomics brings salarymen no relief as wives limit allowances

Jun 30, 2016

Abenomics brings salarymen no relief as wives limit allowances

Japan’s long-suffering salaried workers, famous for toiling long hours, have found no relief under the Abenomics reflation program, recording two of the three worst years when it comes to their monthly pocket money. Pocket money, set by wives who are often put in control ...

Jun 10, 2016

Japan's May wholesale prices drop 4.2% on lower oil costs

Japan’s wholesale prices fell 4.2 percent in May from a year earlier for the 14th straight month of decline, weighed down by falling crude oil prices and a stronger yen, the Bank of Japan said Friday. The index of corporate goods prices stood at ...