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Yoshiaki Nohara
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Nov 10, 2022
Yen speculators bow to Japan’s stealth strategy as CPI looms
Unannounced currency intervention, ramped-up bond buying and an extra budget have helped Japan show financial markets that it is standing its ground on stimulus.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Oct 26, 2022
U.S. treasury chief respects Japan's silence on yen intervention, top currency official says
Masato Kanda's comments come as market moves suggest Japan has continued to step into the market since last month's first intervention to prop up the yen in 24 years.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Oct 21, 2022
Japan inflation hits 3% for first time since 1991 excluding tax impacts
Despite the extended stretch of price gains beyond its 2% goal, the Bank of Japan is expected to stick with its ultraloose policy.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy / FOCUS
Oct 20, 2022
Sinking in polls, Kishida renews unorthodox inflation bet
Support for the prime minister's year-old Cabinet has slumped to below 30%, roughly half of what it was six months ago.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Oct 14, 2022
Japan keeps up yen warnings, declines to say if intervened
The currency fell to u00a5147.67 per dollar, the weakest since August 1990, before bouncing back in choppy trading.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Oct 7, 2022
Japan’s households spend less as higher inflation bites
The fastest inflation in more than three decades excluding the impact of tax hikes also threatens to hurt future consumption.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Oct 4, 2022
Tokyo inflation accelerates further to 2.8% in challenge for BOJ
The growth in Tokyo prices was led by gains in processed food and durable goods, with the former jumping the most in 41 years.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Sep 30, 2022
Kishida orders stimulus as analysts warn of overspending
The measures will tackle price rises, encourage pay increases and speed up Kishida's drive to transform capitalism in Japan.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Sep 27, 2022
BOJ chief Haruhiko Kuroda backs intervention while stressing need for easing
The government's action last week came almost directly after the BOJ's ultralow rates stance fueled further yen weakening, triggering doubt over the authorities' unified stance.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Sep 20, 2022
Inflation hit 31-year high in August, data shows, as BOJ plans to maintain stimulus
Rising energy and processed food costs continued to account for most of the year-on-year increase, while electricity prices were also higher.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Sep 15, 2022
Japan’s record trade deficit shows growing pain of feeble yen
The record trade gap adds to concerns over the strength of Japan's economic recovery, as higher import bills for energy and food can cool consumption.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Sep 14, 2022
Yen rallies on reports of a BOJ precursor to intervention
Japan's currency rose more than 1% to around the u00a5143 level against the dollar after falling to u00a5144.96 early in the Asian session.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Sep 8, 2022
Japan’s second quarter growth beats initial estimate with annualized 3.5% rise
The numbers confirm that the economy regained its pre-pandemic size and is on firmer footing than was seen in the initial reading.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Sep 7, 2022
Yen plunge worsens despite strongest government warnings yet
The renewed selloff in U.S. Treasurys this month has widened the yield gap between the U.S. and Japan, pushing the yen to a 24-year low.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / ANALYSIS
Sep 2, 2022
Yen at ¥140 piles pressure on Japan’s unified policy front
As angst among households and businesses continues to rise over soaring energy and import costs, cracks may begin to emerge in the united front the government and BOJ have so far shown.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Aug 19, 2022
Japan’s inflation accelerates further beyond BOJ’s 2% target
Economists say the pickup in inflation is unlikely to cause the BOJ to start withdrawing its monetary easing for now.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Aug 17, 2022
Japan’s trade gap hits record on commodities impact and weak yen
The record deficit bodes ill for Japan's economic recovery, as higher import bills especially for energy and food can cool domestic activity.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy / FOCUS
Aug 11, 2022
Kishida's Cabinet reshuffle indicates Bank of Japan easing will continue
As a result of the reshuffle, economists expect the BOJ to keep rock-bottom interest rates to support the economy, while a resurgence of the coronavirus threatens its fragile recovery.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Aug 9, 2022
Japanese merchants’ mood takes biggest hit since winter omicron wave
A gauge of sentiment among store managers, taxi drivers and others who deal directly with Japanese consumers slid 9.1 points to 43.8 last month.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jul 29, 2022
Japan on track for modest recovery for now after output jump
Output of cars, electronics parts and communications equipment led an 8.9% gain in industrial production in June from the previous month's sharp drop.

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