Sep 15, 2016

Japan ranks second-lowest in education spending among OECD countries

Japan’s public spending on education ranked the second-lowest among 33 comparable countries, a report for 2013 by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development found. Narrowly avoiding a repeat of 2012 when it placed last, the report, released Thursday, found the nation’s ratio of ...

Abenomics brings salarymen no relief as wives limit allowances

Jun 30, 2016

Abenomics brings salarymen no relief as wives limit allowances

Japan’s long-suffering salaried workers, famous for toiling long hours, have found no relief under the Abenomics reflation program, recording two of the three worst years when it comes to their monthly pocket money. Pocket money, set by wives who are often put in control ...

Oct 13, 2015

Government considers multiple levels in 2017 consumption tax hike

The government is considering introducing a reduced tax rate for some products to ease the burden when it raises the consumption tax rate by 2 percentage points to 10 percent in April 2017, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Tuesday. “It is extremely natural ...

Consumer prices inch higher as Kuroda pumps stimulus

Jun 26, 2015

Consumer prices inch higher as Kuroda pumps stimulus

Consumer prices rose fractionally in May, as Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda tries to generate inflation with unprecedented monetary stimulus. Consumer prices excluding fresh food increased 0.1 percent from a year earlier, the statistics bureau said on Friday, versus forecasts by economists for ...

Jun 9, 2015

Japan consumer confidence fell in May for second straight month

Consumer confidence worsened in May for the second straight month amid rising prices of goods such as food, data showed Tuesday, prompting the government to downgrade its assessment. The seasonally adjusted index of sentiment among households made up of two or more people fell ...