Dec 15, 2015

Tightest job market since 1992 may weigh on Japan bonds

The nation’s most severe labor shortage in almost quarter of a century will support the central bank’s inflation target and weaken appetite for already low-yielding bonds. The Bank of Japan’s quarterly tankan survey on Monday showed it has not been so difficult for employers ...

Latest 'tankan' shows sentiment intact at big firms

Dec 14, 2015

Latest 'tankan' shows sentiment intact at big firms

Confidence in the economy among large manufacturers unexpectedly held up in the past few months, suggesting record corporate profits are compensating for uncertainty about the effects of an expected U.S. rate increase and the slowdown in China. The tankan index of business sentiment was ...

Jul 1, 2015

Tankan shows unexpected improvement in manufacturer confidence

Sentiment among large manufacturers improved for the first time in three quarters in June, a Bank of Japan survey showed Wednesday, in a positive sign that runs counter to indications of a slowing economic recovery. The Tankan big manufacturer index rose to 15 from ...

Companies expect inflation to miss BOJ goal at 1.4%

Apr 2, 2015

Companies expect inflation to miss BOJ goal at 1.4%

Companies expect consumer prices to rise 1.4 percent a year from now but remain below the Bank of Japan’s inflation target of 2 percent, the central bank said in a survey Thursday. The figure was the same as in the previous survey in December, ...

Mar 21, 2015

March 'tankan' likely to show uptick in business sentiment

The Bank of Japan’s quarterly tankan survey for March is expected to show that business sentiment has climbed among major manufacturers following a drop three months ago, 17 private think tanks said. The headline diffusion index describing large manufacturers’ current business conditions is likely ...

Dec 15, 2014

Tankan' shows manufacturers' confidence is waning

Confidence among large manufacturers declined in the fourth quarter as the recession offset a boost from the weaker yen, the Bank of Japan’s “tankan” survey showed Monday, underlining the economic challenges for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after his electoral victory. The tankan index of ...

'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 ...