Jun 28, 2016

Brexit and Japan

Efforts must be made to stop repercussions of the Brexit vote from turning into the source of another global recession, and Japan should play a major role in them.

Jun 20, 2016

IMF report calls for 'Abenomics' reload as quest for goals continues

Japan is falling short of its economic targets and needs to reload the “three arrows” of “Abenomics” to support higher wages and labor-market reforms, the International Monetary Fund said in a report published Monday. “Under current policies, the high nominal growth goal, the inflation ...

Jun 1, 2016

Business investment rose 4.2% in first quarter

Capital spending by Japanese firms climbed 4.2 percent in the January to March period from a year earlier for the 12th straight quarterly increase, but declining profits dampened prospects for business expenditure, government data showed Wednesday. Business investment by all nonfinancial sectors for purposes ...

May 24, 2016

Abe's promised new policy direction

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's new plan to "promote the dynamic engagement of all citizens" falls short when it comes to specifics on how it will achieve its ambitious goals.

Japan's Abe exploring delicate timing of tax hike decision

| May 24, 2016

Japan's Abe exploring delicate timing of tax hike decision

As this summer’s Upper House election draws near, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces the difficult problem of when to make the final decision on a planned consumption tax increase. Speculation is growing that Abe will again postpone the consumption tax hike, currently planned for ...

May 23, 2016

Cabinet Office slightly revises economic index numbers

The composite index of coincident economic indicators rose 0.4 points in March from the previous month, the Cabinet Office said in a revised report Monday. Previously, the government agency said the coincident index, which reflects current economic conditions, gained 0.5 points. The index now ...