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Yoshiaki Nohara
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Jun 8, 2023
Japan’s economy grows faster than expected amid strong investment
GDP grew at an annualized 2.7% in the January-March quarter from the previous three months, revised figures showed.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Jun 6, 2023
Japan renews chip plan and confirms sales goal of ¥15 trillion
The revised strategy aims to bolster efforts to develop and produce cutting-edge semiconductors critical for economic security measures and advanced technology like generative AI.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Jun 1, 2023
Japan considers official security clearance system to ease trade and cooperation
Without such a law in place, Japanese firms risk missing out on highly sensitive contracts including those with overseas allies in areas like cutting-edge chip technology and cybersecurity.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
May 17, 2023
Japan’s better-than-expected growth keeps early poll on table
The stronger-than-forecast reading may keep speculation simmering of a possible early election and changes to central bank policy.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Mar 31, 2023
IMF says BOJ should avoid hasty exit and provide rate guidance
Any indication of a shift in the 'yield curve control' program could trigger a massive bond selloff, leaving some economists predicting that an end to YCC could come very abruptly.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Mar 24, 2023
Japan inflation slows but underlying price strength remains
Consumer prices excluding fresh food rose 3.1% in February from a year ago, decelerating by more than a percentage point from the previous month on cheaper energy costs.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Mar 22, 2023
Japan to spend $15 billion on inflation aid ahead of local polls
The measures include handouts for low-income households and their children, and support for households that use liquefied petroleum gas, according to documents from the Cabinet Office.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Mar 16, 2023
Japan's trade deficit narrows sharply from record as imports slow
The trade gap shrank to ¥897.7 billion ($6.8 billion) from ¥3.5 trillion in January, the Finance Ministry reported Thursday.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Mar 8, 2023
Wage hikes at Japan’s small firms closely watched for BOJ clues
It’s the salary decisions at smaller companies without unions that will indicate how widespread wage gains really are.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Feb 27, 2023
G20 nations understand BOJ’s ongoing easing measures, Kuroda says
Japan’s price growth, currently above the BOJ’s 2% target, is mainly driven by imports and is expected to fall below the target in the fiscal year starting in April, Kuroda said on Saturday.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Feb 14, 2023
Japan’s growth misses estimates in challenge for incoming BOJ chief
Gross domestic product expanded at an annualized pace of 0.6% in the fourth quarter, turning positive after the preceding quarter’s contraction.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Feb 2, 2023
BOJ decisions on policy change hinge on Japan’s inflexible wage dynamics
Current Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda has insisted that the bank's ultraloose policy must continue until there are signs inflation can be sustained by stronger pay gains.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jan 27, 2023
IMF says BOJ should consider more long-term yield flexibility
Options include raising its 10-year yield target, widening the yield trading band, switching back to a quantity goal for bond buying and aiming at a shorter-maturity yield, the fund said.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jan 20, 2023
Japan’s inflation hits 4% for the first time since 1981
Consumer prices excluding fresh food rose 4% in December from a year ago, the internal affairs ministry reported Friday.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Dec 15, 2022
Japan’s trade gap continues to outsize forecasts as yen weighs
The country's trade balance has now been in the red for 16 consecutive months, and the country is set to finish the year with a record annual trade deficit.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Dec 14, 2022
Japan’s biggest companies diverge on economic outlook
An index of confidence among the country's biggest manufacturers edged down, while the reading for large service sector and construction firms rose.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Dec 8, 2022
Japan’s smaller contraction masks extent of underlying weakness
Gross domestic product shrank an annualized 0.8% in the three months to the end of September from the previous period, revised figures from the Cabinet Office showed Thursday.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Nov 29, 2022
Japan’s job market remains tight, keeping pressure on wages
The number of people with jobs increased by around half a million compared to the year before, led by gains in the hospitality and medical sectors.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Nov 18, 2022
Japan inflation hits four-decade high, weighing on BOJ position
Consumer prices excluding fresh food climbed 3.6% in October from a year ago, marking the fastest price growth since 1982.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Nov 15, 2022
Japan’s economy unexpectedly shrinks on hit from weak yen and COVID-19
Gross domestic product contracted at an annualized pace of 1.2% in the third quarter, slipping into reverse for the first time since last year.

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