Business / Economy Mar 1, 2017

Japan's fourth quarter business investment grew 3.8% on year

Capital spending by domestic firms rose 3.8 percent year-on-year in the October-December period, marking a turnaround as companies sought to boost output, government data showed Wednesday. Business investment by all non-financial sectors for purposes such as building plants and introducing new equipment came to ¥10.94 ...

Business / Economy Oct 13, 2015

Government to launch business dialogue in new investment push

The government decided Tuesday to launch a dialogue with business leaders, urging them to boost capital investment as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's priorities swing from security back to the economy. The dialogue will take place on a regular basis between Abe, his ministers and business ...

Core machinery orders down 7.9% in June

Business / Economy Aug 13, 2015

Core machinery orders down 7.9% in June

Core private-sector machinery orders fell a seasonally adjusted 7.9 percent in June from the previous month, for the first decline in four months, the government said Thursday. The fall signaled a possible dent in corporate investment demand. The value of orders, widely regarded as a ...

May machinery orders plunge a record 19.5%

Business / Economy Jul 10, 2014

May machinery orders plunge a record 19.5%

Japan's core private-sector machinery orders plunged by a record 19.5 percent in May, the government said Thursday, indicating the first consumption tax hike in 17 years on April 1 is affecting the economic outlook by discouraging companies from beefing up investment. The orders, excluding those ...

Business / Economy Jun 2, 2014

Capital spending logs 7.4% first-quarter jump

Capital spending jumped 7.4 percent in the January-March quarter compared with a year ago to log the sharpest rise in nearly two years, as Japan Inc. beefed up investment ahead of the first consumption tax hike in 17 years. Business investment by all nonfinancial sectors ...