Business / Economy Jun 13, 2016

Large-firm business confidence worsens in April to June period

Business confidence among large companies deteriorated significantly in the April to June period due to production suspensions brought about by earthquakes in central Kyushu and on a stronger yen, a government survey showed Monday. The index for business conditions at companies capitalized at ¥1 ...

Consumer confidence, sentiment weaken in February

Business / Economy Mar 9, 2016

Consumer confidence, sentiment weaken in February

Consumer confidence worsened in February amid a decline in the country's corporate performance and China's economic slowdown, the Cabinet Office said, downgrading its assessment of the index for the second consecutive month. Another survey, also released by the office on Tuesday, showed business confidence among ...

Business / Economy Dec 15, 2014

Tankan' shows manufacturers' confidence is waning

Confidence among large manufacturers declined in the fourth quarter as the recession offset a boost from the weaker yen, the Bank of Japan's "tankan" survey showed Monday, underlining the economic challenges for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after his electoral victory. The tankan index of major ...

Business / Economy Sep 8, 2014

Business confidence fell in August as downpours hit nation

Business confidence among workers sensitive to economic trends fell in August for the first time in four months as prolonged rain and typhoons discouraged consumers from spending. The diffusion index of responses to the government's survey of "economy watchers" such as taxi drivers and restaurant ...

Editorials Jul 3, 2014

Mixed picture for the economy

Although large manufacturers appear more optimistic about the course of the Japanese economy in the months ahead, the latest Tankan survey and other economic data show signs that growth could be hampered.

Business Dec 16, 2013

'Tankan' signals drop in spending

Big businesses pare their spending projections for the year, signaling headwinds for "Abenomics" ahead of April's tax hike and doubts the recovery is sustainable, the "tankan" report says.

Business / Economy Nov 11, 2013

Weather batters confidence index

Business confidence among people with jobs sensitive to economic conditions worsened in October for the first time in two months, with bad weather brought on by typhoons stifling retail sales, government data showed Monday. The diffusion index of sentiment among "economy watchers" such as taxi ...