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Japan Times
BUSINESS
Oct 5, 2022
Recovery of Japan’s inbound tourism likely muted without Chinese visitors
Beijing's 'COVID zero' policy restricts travelers from leaving China u2014 far and away Japan's largest source of foreign tourist revenue.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Explainer
Oct 2, 2022
Tax breaks, local specialties: What to know about Japan’s furusato nōzei program
Foreign residents had difficulty taking advantage of the program due to a lack of information in languages other than Japanese u2014 until now.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 28, 2022
New platform encourages Japan's foreign residents to use tax donation programs
The furusato nu043eu0304zei program allows people to give tax payments to prefectures and municipalities in exchange for gifts, but uptake among non-Japanese has been low.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 27, 2022
Respect and protest: Abe funeral draws large crowds with contrasting aims
Huge throngs gathered around the Nippon Budokan for what may be remembered as one of the most controversial ceremonial events in Japan in recent years.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / FOCUS
Sep 26, 2022
Japan and China's 'hot' economic ties increasingly complex
Fifty years on from Japan's restoration of relations with Beijing, trade and investment between the two nations is now more likely to feel an impact from political tensions.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Sep 22, 2022
Government intervenes to bolster yen as BOJ maintains dovish stance
After the BOJ's policy announcement, the yen fell to the key u00a5145 line, prompting the government to give the green light to a yen purchasing intervention.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / FOCUS
Sep 18, 2022
Will inbound tourism help stop the bleeding for the yen?
Some economists believe fully lifting border measures u2014 as the government appears ready to do u2014 will not only boost the Japanese economy, it could help stabilize the yen.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / ANALYSIS
Sep 12, 2022
As yen plunges, Japan ponders how to stop it falling further
The Bank of Japan will play a key role in shaping the currency's trajectory, but the government's ability to directly intervene is limited.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / FOCUS
Sep 1, 2022
Japan's inbound tourism remains at a trickle as travelers shun group tours
Industry stakeholders are concerned that foreign visitors may soon make other plans and cancel or postpone visits to Japan.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 30, 2022
Charismatic business leader Kazuo Inamori, founder of Kyocera, dies at 90
Inamori, one of Japan's most influential and respected business leaders, died of natural causes, the company said.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Aug 25, 2022
Japan looks to beef up tax-free investing program to boost asset holding
The FSA is planning on requesting an increase to the investment caps for the NISA program and making it a permanent system.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 16, 2022
KDDI outage spurs action in Japan over emergency communication system
Discussions on a backup system are ramping up, but there are disagreements between carriers about what the scope of the service should be.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 12, 2022
Outspoken digital chief Taro Kono set to renew fight against old tech in Japan
One of Japan's best-known politicians helped make a name for himself with his fight against personal seals and the fax machine, and now he is targeting other work practices.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / FOCUS
Aug 10, 2022
LDP politics take precedence over economy in Kishida’s Cabinet reshuffle
The apparent desire to achieve an internal balance of power seems to have mostly affected ministerial positions concerned with economics.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Aug 1, 2022
Ministry panel proposes record ¥31 hike of Japan's minimum wage
The proposal follows tough talks between management and labor representatives on the key panel, with both sides struggling to reach an agreement.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Aug 1, 2022
Japan looks to take startup ecosystem to next level with more government help
Initiatives under the Abe administration helped the development of some firms, but overall Japan still lags behind powerhouses such as the U.S. and China.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Aug 1, 2022
Japan creates new Cabinet post to boost startup ecosystem
In addition to his role as economic revitalization minister, Daishiro Yamagiwa will now oversee the promotion of startup policies.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jul 29, 2022
KDDI to spend ¥7.3 billion to compensate users for major network outage
The carrier said about 22.8 million subscribers had experienced difficulties making voice calls, while more than 7.65 million users had trouble connecting to the internet during the outage.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jul 28, 2022
KDDI’s network outage rekindles calls for stronger emergency systems
To prevent a situation where people are unable to use their cellphones for an extended period of time, there is an urgent need to consider a system enabling "cross-carrier roaming."
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jul 21, 2022
Bank of Japan keeps easing policies in place, reaffirming position as global outlier
The decision by the central bank was widely expected among economists, as long-time Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda has shown no sign of departing from his dovish policy.

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