Business / Economy Oct 8, 2019

Japan's August current account surplus up 18%

Japan's current account surplus increased 18.3 percent in August from a year earlier as imports declined faster than exports amid the continued effects of the U.S.-China trade conflict, government data showed Tuesday. The surplus in the current account — one of the widest gauges of ...

Japan's household spending rises for ninth month but wages fall

Business / Economy Oct 8, 2019

Japan's household spending rises for ninth month but wages fall

Household spending rose for the ninth straight month in August, offering some relief for Japan's export-dependent economy amid weak global demand and the protracted U.S.-China trade war. But separate data released Tuesday showed wages fell for the eighth consecutive month, pointing to further strains on ...

Japan consumer sentiment hits record low

Business / Economy Oct 2, 2019

Japan consumer sentiment hits record low

Consumer sentiment in Japan weakened for the 12th straight month in September, hitting its lowest level since the survey started in April 2013, a Cabinet Office survey showed Wednesday. The seasonally adjusted consumer confidence index dropped 1.5 points from the previous month to 35.6, ahead ...

Japanese firms forecast 0.9% inflation over next year

Business / Economy Oct 2, 2019

Japanese firms forecast 0.9% inflation over next year

Companies on average expect domestic consumer prices to rise 0.9 percent in a year's time, a quarterly Bank of Japan survey for September showed Wednesday. The expected rate was unchanged from the previous poll in June, the BOJ said. The average projected inflation rate was 1.0 ...