Financial market volatility may hurt economy

Business / Economy | ANALYSIS Feb 7, 2014

Financial market volatility may hurt economy

Recent financial market volatility, triggered by a widespread selloff in emerging currencies, has started to raise concerns over the economy despite it having shown signs of overcoming nearly two decades of deflation. Fears about a possible repeat of the Asian currency crisis in the late ...

Huge deficit bodes ill for yen, bonds, rates

Business / Economy | ANALYSIS Jan 28, 2014

Huge deficit bodes ill for yen, bonds, rates

Japan's goods trade deficit hit a record high in 2013, sparking fears that the country could fall into a constant current account deficit in the near future. If expectations intensify that the current account balance will remain in the red for an extended period, long-term ...

Business / Economy | ANALYSIS Jan 31, 2013

'Abenomics' could hurt economy in the long term

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's "Abenomics" economic policies retain fiscal expansion as a key pillar of the draft budget for the next fiscal year, fanning concern that Japan's swelling debt could hamper the broader economy in the longer term. An insufficient commitment to putting the country's ...

Re-elected Obama won't be Senkaku savior

National Nov 17, 2012

Re-elected Obama won't be Senkaku savior

Analysts say Tokyo is excessively optimistic about U.S. President Barack Obama's re-election and his administration's strategic shift toward the Asia-Pacific region is unlikely to result in any dividend for Japan. Instead of trying to protect the Japan-controlled Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, which ...

Diplomatic disputes a blow for DPJ

National | ANALYSIS Aug 19, 2012

Diplomatic disputes a blow for DPJ

Despite achieving his prized policy goal of raising the sales tax, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda is facing a diplomatic double whammy of territorial disputes with China and South Korea that could deal a fatal blow to his party's three-year rule. While South Korean President Lee ...

Noda fate in doubt, just six months on

National Mar 4, 2012

Noda fate in doubt, just six months on

The political environment has become increasingly harsh for Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, with the focus on whether he will soon dissolve the Lower House for a snap election to achieve his prized policy goal of raising the consumption tax. Only six months have passed since ...

National crisis helps Ishihara stay at helm

National | ANALYSIS Apr 12, 2011

National crisis helps Ishihara stay at helm

Growing hopes for the incumbent's leadership amid Japan's worst postwar crisis helped Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara score a victory in the gubernatorial election Sunday, a month after the March 11 killer quake and tsunami devastated the Tohoku region. Key challengers in the race failed to ...