April-June machinery orders plunge at fastest pace in five years

Aug 14, 2014

April-June machinery orders plunge at fastest pace in five years

Core private-sector machinery orders fell at the fastest pace in more than five years in the April-June quarter, the government said Thursday, underscoring corporate reluctance to boost investment after the April 1 consumption tax hike. The orders, which exclude those for ships and from ...

Aug 11, 2014

Tax hike sent tertiary index tumbling at record pace in April-June

The tertiary industry activity index for the April-June quarter tumbled at its fastest pace since comparable data became available in 1988 because of the consumption tax hike, according to government data released Monday. The index fell 3.8 percent from the previous quarter to 97.9 ...

Aug 11, 2014

Japan's M3 money supply rose 2.4% in July

Japan’s M3 money supply increased 2.4 percent in July from a year before, after rising 2.5 percent rise the month before, the Bank of Japan said in a preliminary report Monday. The pace of growth slowed for the sixth straight month due to an ...

Aug 8, 2014

Japan logs largest six-month current account deficit ever

Japan logged a current account deficit of ¥507.5 billion in the first half, the biggest for any six-month period on record, government data showed Friday, underscoring its diminishing ability to earn money abroad. It was also the first time since officials started compiling comparable ...

Offers-seekers ratio at highest since '92

Jun 27, 2014

Offers-seekers ratio at highest since '92

Nationwide job availability improved in May to the best in about 22 years as the unemployment rate fell to 3.5 percent, the lowest in more than 16 years, the government said Friday. As companies became more willing to hire workers amid an uptick in ...

Mar 19, 2014

Japan's traffic death toll falls to record low in 2013

The number of people last year who died within 30 days of being involved in a traffic accident marked a record low of 5,152, down 1.6 percent from 2012, National Police Agency data showed Wednesday. The 2013 traffic fatality figure was the lowest since ...

Jan 31, 2014

Foreign workers in Japan hit record 717,504

The number of foreign workers in Japan stood at 717,504 at the end of last October, up 5.1 percent from a year before, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said Friday. The figure was the highest since it became mandatory for employers to submit ...

Dec 19, 2013

2012 saw number of international conferences in Japan hit 10-year high

Japan hosted 2,337 international meetings in 2012, the highest in 10 years, according to the Japan National Tourism Organization. The result represents an increase of 23.5 percent from 2011, when such meetings slumped because of the devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis in March, ...

Jul 9, 2013

Japan suffered 14,192 suicides from January to June

The number of suicides across the nation from January to June fell slightly to 14,192, the National Police Agency said in a preliminary report Tuesday. The figure was 102 fewer than in the first half of 2012, when the annual number of suicides fell ...