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

by Takamitsu Sawa

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.

Jul 17, 2014

Silver lining to labor shortage

Labor shortages in Japan are becoming increasingly problematic amid the current economic recovery, particularly for those sectors where rising wage costs result in lost sales and even bankruptcy — despite rising consumer demand.

Jul 7, 2014

Getting multiple tax rates to fly

The ruling coalition parties are trying to decide whether to introduce a reduced consumption tax on some daily necessities when the current 8 percent rate rises to 10 percent in October 2015.

Jul 3, 2014

Mixed picture for the economy

Although large manufacturers appear more optimistic about the course of the Japanese economy in the months ahead, the latest Tankan survey and other economic data show signs that growth could be hampered.

Jun 16, 2014

Work-hour 'reform' ripe for abuse

The Abe administration is pushing to exempt certain kinds of workers from labor standards as part of his economic growth strategy without soliciting the views of labor organizations concerned about the fate of overtime pay.

May 15, 2014

Restructure or suffer, Fed official warns Japan

by Mie Sakamoto

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco President John Williams said Thursday structural reforms are needed if Japan is to solve long-term problems, including its aging society and shrinking workforce, calling monetary policy “a limited tool.” The potential of the Japanese economy and how fast ...