National / Politics Sep 4, 2014

Abe mum ahead of second stage of tax hike

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is keeping quiet about whether to he will raise the consumption tax in October 2015 as scheduled, saying only that he will make a final decision while "comprehensively" analyzing the economic situation. Hiking the tax to 10 percent next year "would ...

Business Aug 13, 2014

Homebuyers in Japan seen at risk amid floating-rate loan rush

Japanese homebuyers are piling into floating-rate mortgages, stirring debate over whether they are too complacent as Bank of Japan stimulus revives inflation. The proportion of home loans with adjustable rates climbed to 42.8 percent of Japan's new lending in February, the highest since December, according ...

Business / Economy Jun 14, 2014

Noda says Abe buying into 'voodoo economics'

by William Pesek

Sour grapes are in season in Tokyo as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's predecessor steps up and slams the incumbent's tax plans. However, beneath the bad feelings and twinge of regret, Yoshihiko Noda makes a very timely point when he accuses Abe of buying into former ...

BOJ steps up growth 'rhetoric'

Business / Economy May 31, 2014

BOJ steps up growth 'rhetoric'

Japan's risk of spurring inflation without boosting the nation's growth potential is raising the stakes for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's next round of economic restructuring measures, due in June. An economy "with low real growth rates under mild inflation" is possible, should the government fail ...