Feb 19, 2014

Data highlights fragility of recovery

The uptick in Japanese consumer spending in the fourth quarter of 2013 should be regarded as a result of the rush to make purchases before the consumption tax rises from 5 to 8 percent, beginning in April, rather than as an optimistic sign of ...

Sep 21, 2013

Questions surround sales tax raise

As the April 2014 consumption tax increase nears, the Abe has yet to come up with a convincing reform plan to reduce people's worries about their lives in the future.

Feb 20, 2013

Stopping the economy's slide

The reported decrease in Japan's real GDP for October-December, compared with the previous quarter, marks the third consecutive quarterly decline.