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BUSINESS / Economy
Feb 8, 2016
Consumption set to falter after Japan's workers eke out 0.1% pay hike in 2015
The nation's workers barely got a pay rise in 2015, with a 0.1 percent increase in cash earnings slower than the 0.4 percent bump in 2014.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Jan 25, 2016
Japan's 2015 trade deficit narrows as oil prices tumble
Japan logged a trade deficit in 2015 for the fifth straight year, but its value shrank 77.9 percent from 2014 to ¥2.83 trillion ($23.9 billion), due mainly to a sharp drop in imports amid lower crude oil prices, the government said Monday.
BUSINESS / Economy
Jan 14, 2016
Japan machinery orders fell 14% in November, investment outlook dims
Core private-sector machinery orders plunged a seasonally adjusted 14.4 percent in November from the previous month for the first drop in three months, the government said Thursday. The trend reflects continued caution by firms over making capital investments.
BUSINESS / Economy
Dec 8, 2015
Japan logs current account surplus in October for 16th month
The current account surplus grew 72.3 percent from a year earlier in October, the 16th consecutive month of surplus, boosted by plunging oil imports and an increase in the travel surplus, the government said Tuesday.
BUSINESS / Economy
Nov 12, 2015
Core machinery orders log first rise in four months
Core private-sector machinery orders rose a seasonally adjusted 7.5 percent in September for the first gain in four months, led by increased orders from the nonmanufacturing sector, the government said Thursday.
BUSINESS / Economy
Nov 10, 2015
Current account surplus quadruples in April-September as imports fall
The current account surplus in the April to September period more than quadrupled from a year earlier, the government said Tuesday. There was a notable gain in the travel surplus in addition to a fall in the value of imports due to cheaper crude oil.
BUSINESS / Economy
Oct 7, 2015
August composite economic index down amid sluggish Chinese economy
The nation's key composite index of economic indicators that reflect the current state of the economy fell in August for the second straight month due to weaker shipments and production amid the sluggish Chinese economy, the government said Wednesday.
BUSINESS / Economy
Sep 30, 2015
Industrial output drops unexpectedly for second month
Japan's industrial output unexpectedly fell in August, raising concern that the economy may have fallen back into its second recession since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took government.
BUSINESS / Economy
Sep 10, 2015
Wholesale prices down 3.6% in August, largest fall in more than five years
Wholesale prices dropped 3.6 percent from a year earlier in August, the largest decline in five years and eight months, due to falling crude oil prices, the Bank of Japan said Thursday.
BUSINESS / Economy
Jun 10, 2015
April core machinery orders up 3.8% on month
Japan's core private-sector machinery orders rose a seasonally adjusted 3.8 percent in April from the previous month for the second straight monthly gain, the government said Wednesday. The figures suggest a rise in corporate investment against a background of economic recovery.
BUSINESS / Economy
Jun 9, 2015
Japan consumer confidence fell in May for second straight month
Consumer confidence worsened in May for the second straight month amid rising prices of goods such as food, data showed Tuesday, prompting the government to downgrade its assessment.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Apr 22, 2015
Trade balance swings to first surplus since 2012
The nation's exports exceeded imports in March for the first time in almost three years, providing support for an economy struggling with weak domestic spending.
BUSINESS / Economy
Apr 8, 2015
Current account surplus sees healthy spurt
Japan's current account posted its biggest surplus in over three years in February, as the anemic yen boosted income from abroad while a dip in global crude oil prices drove down imports, the government said Wednesday.
BUSINESS / Economy
Mar 23, 2015
Government raises eyebrows with optimistic economic report for March
The government on Monday raised its basic assessment of the economy for the first time in eight months in a revision that cites an improving business climate linked to the receding impact of the April consumption tax hike.
BUSINESS / Economy
Mar 9, 2015
Japan logs current account surplus for seventh month straight
Led by higher exports amid a weaker yen and lower oil imports, Japan logged a current account surplus for the seventh consecutive month in January, with the balance standing at ¥61.4 billion, ($509 million), the government said Monday in a preliminary report.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Dec 17, 2014
Imports declined in November on plunging crude oil prices
Imports dropped 1.7 percent in November from the year before to ¥7.08 trillion, declining for the first time in three months as crude oil prices plunged across the globe, government data showed Wednesday.
BUSINESS / Economy
Dec 8, 2014
Current account posts surplus for fourth straight month
Japan posted a current account surplus of ¥833.4 billion in October, the fourth straight month of black ink as income from foreign investment soared to a record high and outweighed a huge trade deficit, the government said Monday.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Aug 29, 2014
Jobless rate rises to 3.8% on July surge in job-seekers
The unemployment rate rose to 3.8 percent in July from 3.7 percent in June as more people began looking for jobs to tap an apparent upturn in the economy, the government said Friday.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Aug 14, 2014
April-June machinery orders plunge at fastest pace in five years
Core private-sector machinery orders fell at the fastest pace in more than five years in the April-June quarter, the government said Thursday, underscoring corporate reluctance to boost investment after the April 1 consumption tax hike.
BUSINESS / Economy
Aug 8, 2014
Japan logs largest six-month current account deficit ever
Japan logged a current account deficit of ¥507.5 billion in the first half, the biggest for any six-month period on record, government data showed Friday, underscoring its diminishing ability to earn money abroad.


The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan