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    Japan’s record trade deficit raises fresh doubts about Abenomics

    Japan’s trade deficit widened to an unexpectedly large Y822bn ($8.1bn) in June, contributing to a record shortfall for the...

  2. July 15, 2014

    JGB rally bodes ill for a resurgent Japan

    Akira Amari has a good ear for a catchphrase. At a press conference this month Japan’s economy minister assured his audience...

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  1. July 10, 2014

    Japan machinery orders plunge in May

    An unexpected plunge in new machinery orders from Japanese companies has raised concerns about businesses’ appetite for...

  2. Andrew Smithers

    July 1, 2014

    Abe's third arrow, the second time round

    Abenomics, the term given to the reform package Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe launched to revive the country’s economy,...

  3. July 1, 2014

    Japan’s Tankan business survey falls after consumption tax rise

    Confidence among Japanese companies has dipped after of April’s consumption tax increase, marking the first drop since Prime...

  4. June 23, 2014

    Haruhiko Kuroda predicts temporary drop in inflation

    Haruhiko Kuroda, Bank of Japan governor, on Monday said that inflation could dip as low as “around 1 per cent” over the...

  5. June 19, 2014

    Investors enticed as Japan tackles structural issues

    If Shinzo Abe were hoping for a rapturous reception to the third act of his grand plan to revive Japan, formally outlined on...

  6. June 18, 2014

    Japan tries a new strategy for growth

    When he won a second term as Japan’s prime minister 18 months ago, Shinzo Abe promised to fight the country’s economic...

  7. June 16, 2014

    Shinzo Abe updates Japan’s ‘third arrow’ reforms

    Shinzo Abe has completed an update of his economic policy agenda, putting forward proposals on subjects from tax and...

  8. June 13, 2014

    Japan’s Abe sets corporate tax cut target

    Japan will start lowering its baseline corporate income tax rate next year and reduce it by 20-45 per cent over “several...

  9. June 13, 2014

    BoJ resists pressure for additional easing

    The Bank of Japan has kept its policy settings on hold, while warning of a broad drop-off in demand in the wake of the...

  10. June 11, 2014

    Abe’s third arrow on economy quivers

    From Nato gatherings in Brussels to meetings of Asia-Pacific defence officials in Shanghai, Shinzo Abe has been an avid...

  11. June 10, 2014

    Uniqlo bids sayonara to Japan’s deflation

    If ever there were a poster child for consumer-price deflation in Japan it is Uniqlo, the huge low-cost clothing retailer...

  12. June 9, 2014

    Japan’s companies loosen grip on cash

    As a rule, Japan Inc has long squirrelled cash away. Companies in the Topix 500, excluding financial stocks, were holding...

  13. June 9, 2014

    Overseas tourists offer fresh boost to Japan’s economy

    The last time foreign tourists spent more money in Japan than their Japanese equivalents spent overseas, the Apollo moon...

  14. June 3, 2014

    Japan’s ‘misery index’ looks . . . well, miserable

    Fancy earning up to $800 a day? Get down to a Japanese construction site. Last year’s decision to award Tokyo the 2020...

  15. May 29, 2014

    Retail sales fall as Japan tax rise bites

    Retail sales in Japan fell at a record pace in April, after the government pushed ahead with the first consumption tax rise...

  16. May 21, 2014

    Retail sales in the UK and Mexico rise

    It has been an up day for Mexico and the UK as retail sales rose, but less so for Australia where consumer confidence is...

  17. May 21, 2014

    Kuroda says Japanese economy is shrugging off tax rise

    Japan is shrugging off the effects of its first consumption tax rise in 17 years, Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda...

  18. May 15, 2014

    Japan GDP growth trumps expectations at 5.9%

    A buying spree by Japanese consumers ahead of a sales tax increase in April lifted economic growth even higher than expected...

  19. May 14, 2014

    Case for Japan will be compelling again

    There are reasons to be positive on Japan: the Abe government is the most pro-growth administration the country, and perhaps...

  20. May 1, 2014

    Abe steps up his salesmanship on foreign odyssey

    Shinzo Abe’s harshest detractors call him a jingoist and a xenophobe, but if the Japanese prime minister dislikes foreigners...

  21. April 30, 2014

    Bank of Japan blames export concerns for cut to growth forecast

    The Bank of Japan has cut its growth forecast for the current fiscal year by more than a fifth, citing “structural” weakness...

  22. April 28, 2014

    IMF warns failure to reform threatens Japan’s growth

    Japan’s “Abenomics” revival is losing momentum and could fail unless the government pushes through with promised but still...

  23. April 27, 2014

    Japan Inc: Topix of conversation

    Asked to name the best-performing sector in Japan’s broad Topix index over the past year, few would think of electronics. It...

  24. April 27, 2014

    Shiseido hit by Japan tax rise

    Domestic sales at the Japanese cosmetics group Shiseido dropped by “about 30 per cent” from the previous year in the first...

  25. April 25, 2014

    Tokyo consumer prices rise at fastest pace in 22 years

    Consumer prices in Tokyo rose at the fastest pace in 22 years in April as the most indebted government in the world pushed...

  26. April 24, 2014

    Obama and Abe fail to reach trade deal

    The US and Japan have failed to seal a trade deal during Barack Obama’s visit to Tokyo, leaving in place a major stumbling...

  27. April 22, 2014

    Nidec: motoring along

    Not many companies whose share price doubles in a year do so as quietly as Nidec – the best performer in Japan’s Topix 100...

  28. April 22, 2014

    Japan revamps pension fund policy committee

    Japan’s government has appointed six members to the policy-setting committee of the Government Pension Investment Fund, the...

  29. April 21, 2014

    Asian diplomacy: Pivotal moment

    When Barack Obama arrives in Tokyo on Wednesday, he will be given the most lavish welcome Japan has offered a US president...

  30. April 21, 2014

    Japan posts largest-ever trade deficit

    Japan suffered its largest-ever trade deficit last fiscal year, underlining a wrenching structural shift for an economy long...

  31. April 18, 2014

    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,...

  32. April 15, 2014

    Bank of Japan chief reassures Shinzo Abe over Japanese inflation

    Japan’s central bank governor sought to reassure Shinzo Abe on Tuesday that he would not allow the country to fall back into...

  33. April 15, 2014

    Japan’s jobs go part-time amid Abenomics-led revival

    All Koichi Kobari wanted was a pair of hands to wash dishes in his buckwheat-noodle restaurant, a short walk from the...

  34. April 14, 2014

    Sceptics underestimate Japan’s policy shift

    Oscar Wilde once remarked that “anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination”. If that is the...

  35. April 11, 2014

    Japan: time for BoJ to act

    Tadashi Yanai is not hopeful about Japanese consumers – but nor has he yet seen any effect on sales from the recent...

  36. April 9, 2014

    Higher pay vital to Abenomics success

    If Haruhiko Kuroda wants to turn things around in Japan, he should lead by example – and put in for a pay rise. In the...

  37. April 8, 2014

    BoJ holds off on extra monetary easing

    The Bank of Japan refrained from taking extra monetary easing measures on Tuesday, judging that progress towards its 2 per...

  38. April 2, 2014

    Japan’s welfare data hit record high despite Abenomics revival

    More than a year of economic growth in Japan has failed to stem a rise in the number of people on public assistance, with...

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