Apr 12, 2014

Sun, sand, summit: Abe plans euro-tour

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit six European countries between April 29 and May 8, government officials said. During the tour, Abe will meet with European leaders to discuss mainly the situation in Ukraine and measures to bolster Japan’s cooperation with the region, the ...

Apr 9, 2014

ODA spending up 11.1% in 2013

Japan disbursed $11.786 billion in real terms under its official development assistance program in 2013, up 11.1 percent from the year before, according to data released Tuesday by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Japan’s net ODA amount with repaid yen loans deducted ...

Apr 1, 2014

Japanese students rank third in creative problem-solving

Japanese students ranked third in creative problem-solving in a global academic achievement survey for 2012, the OECD said Tuesday. They scored an average of 552 points in the assessment area in the triennial Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA. A total of 44 ...

Mar 12, 2014

OECD says growth in advanced economies is gaining momentum

Economic growth is gaining momentum in the United States, Europe and other advanced countries despite temporary setbacks, the OECD said Tuesday. Smaller government spending cuts and fewer tax increases this year should boost growth in most developed countries, according to the international organization. Households ...

Jul 17, 2013

OECD urges Japan to raise female employment

Japan should work to increase employment opportunities for women as it’s working-age population dwindles, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development reiterated. In the Employment Outlook 2013 report released Tuesday, the OECD said the average jobless rate among its 34 member nations stood at ...

Jun 22, 2013

OECD wants nonmembers to join fight against multinational tax cheats

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development plans to call on nonmember economies to cooperate to ensure multinational corporations pay their fair share in taxes, a Japanese source said. The OECD, which has 34 member countries, believes cooperation with nonmember economies is crucial for ...

May 30, 2013

OECD boosts growth projections, urges reform

The OECD on Wednesday raised its projections for Japan’s economic growth thanks to a pickup in business and consumer sentiment brought on by the yen’s slide and resulting jump in exports. But the OECD also urged Japan to map out a credible fiscal rehabilitation ...