Jan 26, 2015

Making the most of cheaper oil

The steep fall in crude oil prices has certainly benefited consumers, but Japan needs to develop a wise energy policy that shields it from the vagaries of oil-price fluctuations over the long term.

Jan 15, 2015

Cost of putting off reform

The draft government budget for fiscal 2015 paints a positive picture with regard to expectations of more tax revenue but indicates little effort to rein in government spending to restore Japan's financial health.

Oct 2, 2014

Checkered business sentiment

Worrying signs appear to outweigh the bright spots in the Bank of Japan's latest "tankan" survey. The government-laid scenario of steady recovery in consumer spending after the consumption tax hike in April has not materialized.

Comfy life amid stagnation

Sep 18, 2014

Comfy life amid stagnation

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While information and communications technologies have increased the conveniences and comforts of life in Japan to an unprecedented level, the nation's economy remains stagnant, partly because of the saturation of the auto market.