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    Initial impact of Japan sales tax rise muted

    An increase in Japan’s national sales tax may be doing less damage to the economy in its initial days than some had feared,...

  2. April 16, 2014

    Japan’s elderly curb effort to buoy stocks

    One neat way of capturing the “Abenomics” effect in Japan is to plot the growth in assets in Rakuten’s Triple Bull Fund...

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  1. April 9, 2014

    Toyota suffers fresh reputational blow with 6.4m vehicle recall

    Toyota will recall 6.4m vehicles around the world after identifying multiple faults, raising further questions over the...

  2. April 1, 2014

    Japanese scientist accused of fabricating stem-cell research

    A Japanese research institute has concluded that one of its scientists fabricated evidence in a highly touted stem-cell...

  3. April 1, 2014

    Japanese retailers fear sharp business fall as sales tax rises

    Japanese retailers are forecasting an unexpectedly sharp deterioration in business conditions in the coming quarter, a...

  4. March 31, 2014

    Head of Japan bank lobby vows crackdown on organised crime

    The new head of Japan’s banking lobby has vowed to crack down on loans to organised crime groups, while admitting that there...

  5. March 28, 2014

    Japan equities: tax Topix

    Hold on to your Uniqlo parka jacket and stock up on Asics trainers: Japan’s consumption tax rise kicks in on Tuesday. If the...

  6. March 25, 2014

    Mizuho to offer $1.5bn ‘bail-in’ bond

    Mizuho Financial Group has become the first of Japan’s banks to sell a “bail-in” bond that would force losses on investors...

  7. March 24, 2014

    Japanese debt: Still climbing

    Last summer Takeshi Fujimaki ran for parliament on a platform of economic Armageddon. Japan’s debt was out of control, he...

  8. March 23, 2014

    Japan’s retailers play games with tax rise prices

    Japan’s revival under Shinzo Abe has pushed up inflation higher than base wages, so many people are feeling poorer. Is this...

  9. March 18, 2014

    Big Japanese cities emerge from land-price deflation

    Land prices in Japan’s three biggest cities rose last year for the first time since 2008, providing a boost to the...

  10. March 11, 2014

    Haircuts are dearer but Japan is not counting on end to deflation

    The Y1,000 haircut has long been a symbol of deflation-era Japan. Since the largest salon chain – QB House – opened its...

  11. March 9, 2014

    Weak yen flatters Japan Inc’s bumper profits

    Japan Inc doubled profits last year – the best performance since 2007 – but rather than selling more goods more profitably,...

  12. March 3, 2014

    Toyota Europe pulls ahead of rivals

    Geneva Motor Show Toyota Europe will this year post its best profits since the global financial crisis as the Japanese...

  13. February 28, 2014

    Cash remains king in Japan

    When it comes to the ways in which people pay for stuff, perhaps no country is as simultaneously futuristic and traditional...

  14. February 17, 2014

    Japan shows itself a better growth bet than emerging markets

    Most investors readily admit the global credit bubble is deflating, but they have not significantly altered core investments...

  15. February 15, 2014

    Abe keen to cut Japan corporate tax rate, says chief cabinet secretary

    TOKYO, Feb 15 (Reuters) – Prime minister Shinzo Abe is determined to cut Japan’s corporate tax rate, chief cabinet secretary...

  16. February 12, 2014

    Drop in Japan core machinery orders dents optimism

    Hopes that a revival in domestic business investment will inject fresh energy into Japan’s economy suffered a setback on...

  17. February 10, 2014

    Japan’s trading houses look to new markets

    In the coastal town of Kushimoto, on the southernmost tip of Japan’s main island of Honshu, Mitsubishi Corp is rearing tuna....

  18. February 6, 2014

    Sony warns of $1bn annual net loss

    Sony, increasingly better known for its disappointments than innovative gadgets, has issued another massive profit warning,...

  19. February 5, 2014

    Japanese car sales plunge in Thailand

    Two Japanese carmakers have become the latest to warn that political instability and the end of a state car subsidy in...

  20. February 4, 2014

    Toyota: driven by the yen

    Snow-stalled sales in the US, antsy Australian workers, and unrest in a big manufacturing base, Thailand: who’d be a global...

  21. February 3, 2014

    Japan’s banks: Mitsubishi UFJ

    Anyone who wants to get involved in profitless lending can just hand their best friend a 20. Hence the limited appeal of...

  22. February 3, 2014

    Japan monetary easing drives bank margins to record low

    Monetary easing in Japan is continuing to squeeze margins on yen loans, causing banks to remain cool on the outlook for...

  23. February 2, 2014

    Japan in danger of missing 2020 budget target

    Japan is on course to break a pledge to balance its budget by 2020, according to a new government forecast that sets up a...

  24. January 27, 2014

    Moody’s cuts Sony rating to junk

    Moody’s Investors Service has cut the credit rating of Sony to junk status saying that the Japanese group’s profitability is...

  25. January 23, 2014

    Mizuho president Yasuhiro Sato stripped of banking unit role

    Mizuho president Yasuhiro Sato has stepped down from running the group’s main banking unit following a yakuza loan scandal...

  26. January 19, 2014

    Nintendo’s declining sales put change of game plan on cards

    Shares in Nintendo tumbled nearly a fifth Monday morning as investors responded to the Japanese company’s warning that it no...

  27. January 17, 2014

    Nintendo slashes earnings outlook to a loss on grim sales

    Nintendo warns of Y25bn loss Nintendo has slashed its full-year earnings forecast to a loss after a tough holiday season,...

  28. January 16, 2014

    Japan machinery orders hit five-year high

    Japanese companies are gearing up for significant new investments in domestic factories, distribution networks and other...

  29. January 14, 2014

    Japan manufacturers fail to reap benefit of weaker yen

    Ask Tsutomu Matsunaga about the big drop in the yen and the best you will get is a smile and a shrug. During the past 20...

  30. January 9, 2014

    Fast Retailing: where’s the rush?

    Consumers like fast, in cars, diets and certainly in fashion. And Fast Retailing refreshes its inventory quickly. It has...

  31. January 7, 2014

    Solid Japan 10-year bond auction bodes well for market

    Japan has drawn solid demand for a 10-year bond offering a coupon of 0.6 per cent a year, even as rates climb higher...

  32. January 3, 2014

    Tokyo: Nisa by the minute

    What would you do with Y1m? From Monday, one choice facing Japan’s savers is to open tax-free accounts of up to that amount...

  33. December 22, 2013

    Japan store chain Lawson scales back expansion plans in China

    Lawson, the Japanese convenience store chain, is slowing its expansion in China because it thinks the Chinese government has...

  34. December 22, 2013

    Japan equities: Topix of conversation

    Investors are about to find out if Japan’s stellar stock market rally this year really has legs. Tokyo has been the world’s...

  35. December 18, 2013

    Bank of Japan misfires on loan support programme

    The Bank of Japan is “on track” to hit its inflation target, says governor Haruhiko Kuroda. Stocks are up, the currency is...

  36. December 16, 2013

    Japan Inc signals caution

    Japanese companies are signalling caution for the quarter ahead, even as optimism is at its highest level for six years,...

  37. December 15, 2013

    Marubeni sets sights on Asean

    In his 38-year career with Marubeni, one of Japan’s largest conglomerates, Michihiko Ota had only one stint outside Asia,...

  38. December 13, 2013

    Japan extends swap deals to boost Asean business

    Japan has agreed to boost bilateral currency swaps with three southeast Asian nations amid an effort to shore up regional...

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