'Tankan' finds improvement in manufacturers' confidence

Oct 1, 2014

'Tankan' finds improvement in manufacturers' confidence

Confidence in the manufacturing sector has risen against expectations, showing resilience in the economy — and perhaps bolstering the case for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hiking the consumption tax again next year. The “tankan” index of large manufacturers rose to 13 in September from ...

Business confidence sags, says Bank of Japan

Jul 1, 2014

Business confidence sags, says Bank of Japan

A 19-month rally in business confidence slowed sharply in the first quarter amid rising consumer prices spurred by the tax hike in April, the Bank of Japan said Tuesday. It was the first deterioration in six consecutive quarters. The Tankan survey for the April-June ...

Jun 22, 2014

BOJ 'tankan' to show downturn in biz sentiment

Private think tanks expect the Bank of Japan’s “tankan” quarterly survey to June will show a deterioration in business sentiment among large manufacturers for the first time in six quarters. Among 16 think tanks, the average estimate on the headline diffusion index for large ...

Apr 2, 2014

Companies see prices rising by 1.5%: BOJ

Companies are expecting consumer prices to rise at an average rate of 1.5 percent year-on-year, a Bank of Japan survey showed Wednesday, falling short of the central bank’s inflation target of 2 percent. The companies also said they expect prices to rise 1.7 percent ...

Sentiment up but outlook turns sour

Apr 1, 2014

Sentiment up but outlook turns sour

Business confidence among large manufacturers rose in March from three months earlier for the fifth straight quarterly improvement, the Bank of Japan said Tuesday in its “tankan” report, but many companies were wary about prospects amid fear of weakening demand after the consumption tax ...

Dec 16, 2013

'Tankan' signals drop in spending

Big businesses pare their spending projections for the year, signaling headwinds for "Abenomics" ahead of April's tax hike and doubts the recovery is sustainable, the "tankan" report says.

Oct 24, 2013

Cabinet upbeat on recovery despite export lull

The government on Thursday maintained its basic assessment of the economy after last month’s upgrade, but downgraded its view on exports for the second straight month due to weakening demand in China and other parts of Asia. The third-largest economy “is on the way ...

Oct 9, 2013

Risky economic situation ahead

With the sales tax set to rise from 5 percent to 8 percent in April, it is all the more important that businesses strive to improve employment prospects and to raise workers' wages.

Oct 1, 2013

'Tankan' logs strong corporate optimism

by Jun Hongo

In what figured to be the final push for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to go ahead with raising the consumption tax to 8 percent in April, the Bank of Japan's "tankan" report shows a sharp increase in business sentiment among manufacturers.

Sep 24, 2013

More upbeat 'tankan' predicted

Most private think tanks in a recent survey expect the Bank of Japan’s next “tankan” report to show improved business sentiment among large manufacturers for the third straight quarter. Fifteen of the 17 think tanks canvassed predict the headline diffusion index for large manufacturers ...

Jul 3, 2013

Business sentiment mixed

Japan's quarterly "tankan" survey shows mixed business sentiments. Small and medium-size firms so far don't seem to have benefited much from "Abenomics.