Sep 3, 2015

As Asia depreciates, Japan megabanks fear for their loans

Japanese banks may be starting to regret their biggest increase in overseas lending in 30 years as Asian economies slump and currencies tumble. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc.’s assets in Asia excluding Japan made up 9.3 percent of the total as of March 31, ...

Aug 26, 2015

Sources of turbulence not gone

Developments in the Chinese economy need to be closely watched not just for their stock market repercussions but also for their impact on Japan's growth.

Finance minister warns China on currency moves

Aug 21, 2015

Finance minister warns China on currency moves

Finance Minister Taro Aso said Friday that recent moves by China to allow its currency to depreciate are a concern and could pose problems for Tokyo. The Nikkei 225 average fell 3 percent to 19,435.83 on Friday, slipping below the psychological benchmark of 20,000 ...

Worries over Chinese yuan put BOJ in a bind

Aug 20, 2015

Worries over Chinese yuan put BOJ in a bind


China’s devaluation of the yuan exposes an undefended flank in the Bank of Japan’s efforts to jolt its flagging economy out of decades of deflation, which rely heavily on a solid pick-up in overseas demand. A growing number of Japan’s central bankers are privately ...

Aug 19, 2015

Trade deficit widens to ¥268.1 billion as export growth slows

The nation’s trade deficit widened to its largest level in five months in July, as exports slowed thanks to faltering demand in China and other key markets. Imports fell by less than forecast. The ¥268.1 billion deficit reported Wednesday compared with a deficit of ...