May 28, 2015

April retail sales disappoint as consumption tax weighs

Retail sales rose less than forecast in April, signaling a weak start to the second quarter for an economy that is still weighed down by last year’s sales-tax increase. Sales climbed 0.4 percent from March, when they dropped 1.8 percent, government data released Thursday ...

May 19, 2015

Real wages fell 3% in fiscal 2014; largest drop on record

Japan’s average monthly real wage plunged 3.0 percent in fiscal 2014, marking the largest fall on record and the fourth year of decline, as last year’s consumption tax hike took its toll, the labor ministry said Tuesday. However, in nominal terms the average monthly ...

Apr 8, 2015

Summer bonuses to rise for second straight year

Summer bonuses are expected to rise for a second straight year, though by less than in 2014, according to private-sector estimates. The average bonus this summer is expected to rise 2.3 percent year on year, to ¥379,000 per worker, Mizuho Securities Co. said Tuesday. ...

BOJ's No. 2 says no additional easing imminent in near term

Mar 9, 2015

BOJ's No. 2 says no additional easing imminent in near term

The Bank of Japan is not ready to take additional monetary easing measures soon, despite growing concern over disinflation triggered by a plunge in global crude oil prices, BOJ Deputy Gov. Hiroshi Nakaso implied Monday. “If falling oil prices lower inflation but inflation expectations ...

Feb 16, 2015

Survey suggests more firms planning pay hikes in fiscal 2015

An annual survey has found that a record 48.3 percent of the responding companies in are planning salary hikes for regular workers in fiscal 2015, credit research company Teikoku Databank Ltd. said on Monday. The proportion was higher than 46.4 percent seen in the ...