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Bank of Japan's hoard of assets now bigger than the economy

Business / Economy Nov 14, 2018

Bank of Japan's hoard of assets now bigger than the economy

The Bank of Japan's massive asset purchase program has taken it into uncharted territory, with its ballooning holdings now larger than the country's annual economic output. Its holding reached a staggering ¥553.6 trillion ($4.9 trillion), figures released Tuesday show, compared with nominal gross domestic product ...

Construction app offers fix for Japan's supertight labor market

Business | FOCUS Jun 20, 2018

Construction app offers fix for Japan's supertight labor market

One of Yosuke Kobayashi's biggest headaches has been finding enough workers to build hotels, restaurants and bath houses for his construction company. That was until the manager at construction company Luckland Co. found Sukedachi, a mobile app that connects contractors and tradespeople. Nowadays, he's hiring ...

U.S. allies push Trump for change of heart as trade war looms

Business Jun 4, 2018

U.S. allies push Trump for change of heart as trade war looms

U.S. President Donald Trump is headed for a showdown with America's allies at a Group of Seven summit this week in Quebec, with the European Union and Canada threatening retaliatory measures unless he reverses course on new steel and aluminum levies. China, meanwhile, is warning ...