Apr 12, 2016

Japan's used car sales up 1.7%, first rise in three years

Sales of used cars in Japan rose 1.7 percent in fiscal 2015 from the previous year to 3,733,321 units, marking the first growth in three years, an industry body’s data showed Tuesday. The number of used vehicles, excluding minicars with engines no larger than ...

Jan 15, 2016

Japan's national wealth up for second straight year in 2014

Japan’s national wealth at the end of 2014 totaled ¥3.11 quadrillion, up 2.0 percent from the year before and increasing for the second straight year, the Cabinet Office said Friday. The growth in national wealth, or net assets owned by the country’s central and ...

Imports declined in November on plunging crude oil prices

Dec 17, 2014

Imports declined in November on plunging crude oil prices

Imports dropped 1.7 percent in November from the year before to ¥7.08 trillion, declining for the first time in three months as crude oil prices plunged across the globe, government data showed Wednesday. The balance in goods trade remained in the red for the ...

Dec 8, 2014

Lending data bucks recession with help from yen

Bank lending unexpectedly rose at its fastest pace since 2009, a positive sign in an economy that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is trying to steer out of the deeper than expected recession. Loans, excluding lending by local “shinkin” credit banks that serve consumers and ...

Dec 8, 2014

Current account posts surplus for fourth straight month

Japan posted a current account surplus of ¥833.4 billion in October, the fourth straight month of black ink as income from foreign investment soared to a record high and outweighed a huge trade deficit, the government said Monday. Exports surged 11.2 percent from a ...