Hiroko Komiya

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Yen slide is unchecked by government ahead of election

Business / Economy Dec 9, 2014

Yen slide is unchecked by government ahead of election

Japanese officials have signaled their blessing of a weaker yen as polls show Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's coalition may expand its Lower House majority in this weekend's election. Finance Minister Taro Aso said Tuesday that the yen's slide has helped improve the economy and increase ...

Kuroda softens yen stance as export pain eases

Business / Economy | ANALYSIS Jul 18, 2014

Kuroda softens yen stance as export pain eases

Foreign-exchange traders detect a softening in Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda's stance toward the stronger yen. While the currency has risen 4 percent this year to 101.31 per dollar, the central bank chief signaled this week he's satisfied with the current exchange rate. Kuroda ...

Yen's fading clout threat to BOJ inflation goal

Business / Economy | ANALYSIS Mar 3, 2014

Yen's fading clout threat to BOJ inflation goal

The rising cost of overseas travel and imported goods such as Apple computers is spurring concern in Japan's bond market that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's success in fueling inflation will be short-lived. ANA Holding Inc. and Haagen-Dazs Co. increased prices as the yen's inflation-adjusted value ...