Feb 17, 2014

Japan's economy grew annualized 1.0% in October-December quarter

The Japanese economy grew an annualized real 1.0 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013, marking a fourth straight quarterly expansion, the government said Monday. The growth in October-December inflation-adjusted gross domestic product corresponds to a 0.3 percent expansion from the previous quarter. But ...

Nov 6, 2013

BOJ board ranks urge boost in jobs, incomes

Some members of the Bank of Japan’s Policy Board called for improvement in the employment and income situation to maintain solid domestic demand, given the relatively slow pace in the recovery of exports and production, according to the minutes of their Oct. 3-4 meeting. ...

Oct 31, 2013

BOJ forgoes fresh easing steps as economy picks up

The Bank of Japan held off Thursday from launching fresh easing steps as the economy shows increasing signs that the Abe administration’s policy blitz aimed at reviving growth is gaining traction. The brief BOJ statement on its asset-buying scheme came as attention turned to ...

Sep 23, 2013

Monetary easing lifts land prices

It appears that the monetary easing pushed by the Abe administration through Bank of Japan's purchasing operations is gradually raising land prices in some urban areas.

Sep 5, 2013

BOJ sees moderate recovery in economy

The Bank of Japan upgrades its opinion of the economy for the first time since July, describing it as "recovering moderately" on solid consumer spending and recovering corporate spending amid improvements in jobs and nonbase pay.

Jul 9, 2013

'Abenomics' too narrow in focus

The Abe administration's policy of monetary easing must end sometime. Voters in this month's Upper House polls should weigh the policy's effect on jobs and wages.

Jun 25, 2013

BIS: Reform more, rely less on monetary easing card

The Bank for International Settlements has called on advanced economies, including Japan, the United States and the European Union, to promote fiscal and economic structural reforms and labor market overhauls, instead of further depending on aggressive monetary easing. “The phrase ‘whatever it takes’ has ...

Jun 20, 2013

BOJ can ease more if situation faces significant change: Kuroda

The Bank of Japan could add to its unprecedented monetary easing announced two months ago should economic conditions change significantly, BOJ Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda said Wednesday. The April 4 package could be expanded or reduced as needed, Kuroda told lawmakers. The BOJ said in ...

Jun 17, 2013

The dark side of Abenomics

The dark side of Abenomics is rearing its head as stock prices show erratic fluctuations. Institutional investors have made profits, but not ordinary citizens.