The recent turmoil in Myanmar has many Japanese companies on the alert for any signs of worsening prospects for what they see as a promising market.
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Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's pledge to make Japan carbon neutral by 2050 has driven trading houses to review their heavy reliance on natural resources.
With annual wage negotiations between management and labor unions getting into full swing in February and March, companies appear reluctant to raise pay after a difficult 2020.
The BOJ's 2% inflation goal remains elusive, and there are even fears that the economy will slip back into deflation, a view that Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda dismisses.
The forced transition to a new way of working coincided with Japan's embryonic efforts to reshape work in a country known for its rigid corporate culture and excessive office hours.
While Biden is seen as preferring a more multilateral approach to trade, experts warn that the U.S. is unlikely to return to the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has pledged to adjust tax and visa arrangements, and make administrative services available in English, in a bid to attract foreign firms.
The pandemic is forcing ANA Holdings Inc. to take a pause in its expansion strategy amid the specter of further financial strains.
Japan's longest-serving prime minister is leaving an economy that is smaller, badly hit by the pandemic and with more debt than when he returned to power in 2012.
The prime minister's abrupt decision comes at a moment of great uncertainty as the global coronavirus pandemic poses unprecedented challenges for the country.