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Chikako Mogi
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Apr 22, 2015
Ex-currency chief fears BOJ exit nightmare on debt pile
Government debt twice the size of the economy will make exiting stimulus a nightmare for Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda, according to the nation's former top currency official.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Mar 27, 2015
Kuroda's inflation optimism challenged by cash register data
Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda's optimism that he can meet the 2 percent inflation target is getting a reality check at the nation's cash registers.
BUSINESS / Markets
Feb 10, 2015
BOJ puts bond market on course for extinction by 2027: Japan Credit
At the pace the central bank is purchasing government bonds, Japan's sovereign debt market will be extinct by 2027.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Jan 16, 2015
Former top currency official Gyohten sees yen's slide ending
The yen has never fallen for four straight years against the dollar, and Japan's former top currency official sees better than 50 percent odds that its currency will halt the losing streak.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 13, 2015
Japan's rising economy results in fewer suicides, but recession might reverse that
The slide into recession last year wasn't just a blow to "Abenomics," as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's fiscal policies are known.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Sep 22, 2014
Weak yen puts Japan at risk of recession, says ex-BOJ deputy
Japan is in danger of falling into a recession as the yen's decline reduces the purchasing power of households and squeezes corporate profits, according to a former deputy governor of the Bank of Japan.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Sep 12, 2014
Women's work culture under fire
One morning in February, the government personnel department began an experiment in a nondescript building in a Tokyo residential area that could end up rewriting the rules of the nation's powerful bureaucracy.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Sep 9, 2014
Sea of Japan's medieval islands of exile luring workers
The Oki Islands in the Sea of Japan are turning history on its head.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy / ANALYSIS
Aug 11, 2014
Japan tallies weak yen as prices rise without export gain
It was called "endaka" — a Japanese term for currency strength that sapped the economy — and reversing it was supposed to help end deflation and stoke growth.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Jul 31, 2014
June wages in Japan rose less than forecast in risk to spending
Wage growth slowed in June, highlighting the risk to consumer spending as inflation squeezes household budgets.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
May 9, 2014
Stress tests urged to gauge lenders' risks in JGB crisis
Japanese lenders should take stress tests to assess their ability to withstand swings in bond prices as the central bank's unprecedented monetary stimulus saps trading volumes, one of its former executives said.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 24, 2014
Skin divers turn to tourism to stem the tide
At the Sea People restaurant in Shima, a coastal hamlet in Mie Prefecture, sea diver Machiyo Yamashita wants a piece of a tourism industry dominated by the cities that sapped her town's vitality by luring away its youth.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Apr 4, 2014
Abe may reduce tax benefits for women
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's reflation campaign last year helped draw the most women to work since 1991. He now plans to add a stick to that carrot, scaling back tax benefits for spouses with limited earnings.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Mar 24, 2014
Kuroda ¥100 wall reassuring Nomura after gains
The Bank of Japan's stimulus is building a wall against the yen gaining beyond ¥100 to the dollar, amid an investor flight into the currency as a haven, according to Nomura Holdings Inc.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Jan 21, 2014
Abe eyes land-price reflation in zones to spur building boom
Japan wants to trigger a jump in inner-city property prices by loosening building restrictions in test zones under "Abenomics," a government adviser said.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jan 16, 2014
Planned demolition bonds mark end of era
After educating children since 1956, Kiyokawa Elementary School stands abandoned, its walls and roof crumbling because there are no longer enough pupils to fill it and the town can't afford to demolish the building.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jan 9, 2014
Takenaka touts Nikkei surge
Stocks could surpass a level not seen since 2007 if the Abe administration pushes through in its drive to loosen business regulations, said Heizo Takenaka, a member of a government council on special economic zones.

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