Aug 19, 2016

Japan manufacturers' mood at lowest since 2013: poll

Japanese manufacturers’ mood soured in August to its lowest since 2013, when the central bank embarked on aggressive monetary easing, a poll has shown, reflecting the pain caused by a rising yen and highlighting the huge task facing policymakers to generate growth. The Reuters ...

Japan clobbered by weak inflation, businesss confidence

Jul 1, 2016

Japan clobbered by weak inflation, businesss confidence

Japan was clobbered with a one-two punch Friday morning as weak data and a lackluster business confidence report underscored the slowdown dragging on the world’s No. 3 economy. The poor readings will heap pressure on policymakers to unveil more stimulus, after the yen surged ...

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 ...