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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. March 31, 2014

    Japanese groups introduce changes to counter tax rise fallout

    Kirin Ichiban Shibori beer has 10 per cent more hops. Asahi Super Dry boasts a sharper flavour, thanks to higher-tech “yeast...

  8. March 30, 2014

    Sales tax rise threatens to derail Abenomics

    From supermarkets encouraging customers to stock up on toothpaste to convenience stores advertising cigarettes by the...

  9. March 28, 2014

    Japan to pursue reforms in six economic zones

    Japan has unveiled a list of cities and regions that will be granted special powers to deregulate everything from medical...

  10. March 27, 2014

    Consumption tax rise gives Abe something to chew on

    Call it the “beef bowl test” for Abenomics. On Tuesday, when Japan carries out a controversial increase in its national...

  11. March 26, 2014

    Wages and taxes will decide the fate of Abenomics

    Last year The Economist magazine devoted two colourful illustrations to the phenomenon of Abenomics, the radical policy to...

  12. March 26, 2014

    WTO rules against China on ‘rare earths’ export restrictions

    The World Trade Organisation has ruled against China and its export restrictions on rare minerals vital to the production of...

  13. March 25, 2014

    Japan poised to widen corporate tax base

    Japan is likely to widen its base of corporate taxpayers as it moves towards lowering business tax rates, one of Prime...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. March 23, 2014

    Abe adviser warns on impact of tax rise

    A close adviser to Shinzo Abe has called for the Bank of Japan to take action “within one or two months” of next week’s...

  18. 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...

  19. March 13, 2014

    Trimmed BoJ purchase sparks JGB price slide

    An announcement from the Bank of Japan that it would trim long-term bond purchases sparked alarm in the world’s biggest bond...

  20. March 12, 2014

    Why an extra $26 a month may decide fate of Abenomics

    Will they or won’t they? Observers of Japan’s economy have been asking that soap-opera-fan question for months. Will...

  21. 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...

  22. March 11, 2014

    BoJ holds steady despite export worries

    The Bank of Japan has refrained from adding another shot of stimulus in the weeks before a consumption tax rise, saying that...

  23. March 10, 2014

    Japan expands 0.7% while China exports decline 18%

    Asia Pacific Japan: The economy grew at an annualised rate of 0.7 per cent in the final quarter of 2013, according to...

  24. March 10, 2014

    China worries dent mood on Wall Street

    Monday 20:00 GMT. Fresh concerns over China and lingering uncertainty about Ukraine provided a “risk-off” backdrop for...

  25. March 4, 2014

    Wages in Japan rise for first time in nearly two years

    In a sign that Japan’s inflation-promoting economic policies may be starting to lift wages, basic pay for the average worker...

  26. March 3, 2014

    Japan trade deficit, Norway output

    Asia Pacific Japan: A 5.8 per cent year-on-year drop in exports, despite a 3.5 per cent fall in imports, pulled the trade...

  27. February 28, 2014

    The price of melons and Japanese shares

    I arrived in Japan early this week. I had been here for less than five hours when the first reader tweeted me to ask what...

  28. February 25, 2014

    Abe has good medicine but Japan needs a stronger dose

    Japan’s recovery programme is showing promising early results. Last autumn the economy enjoyed its fourth successive quarter...

  29. February 20, 2014

    ‘J-curve’ recovery eludes Shinzo Abe as trade deficit balloons

    The widening of Japan’s trade deficit to an unprecedented Y2.79tn ($27.4bn) in January, more than Y1tn larger than the...

  30. February 18, 2014

    Bank of Japan boosts loan support programme

    The Bank of Japan has stepped up its efforts to boost the flow of cash around the world’s third-largest economy, tweaking...

  31. 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...

  32. February 17, 2014

    Japan’s growth disappoints as soft yen fails to boost exports

    Japan’s economy failed to regain momentum in the last three months of 2013 as growth reached just a third of the level...

  33. 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...

  34. 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...

  35. February 10, 2014

    Abenomics is good for everyone, not just Japan

    The yen falls sharply on the foreign exchange markets and, hey presto, within a year we have an emerging market meltdown on...

  36. February 9, 2014

    Abe’s nationalism takes a worrying turn

    Much of the motivation for Abenomics, Japan’s bold gambit to breathe life into its economy, comes courtesy of Beijing. It...

  37. February 5, 2014

    Japanese wages underline Abe dilemma

    Japanese workers took home slightly more pay in December thanks to increases in overtime and bonuses, but a much-awaited...

  38. February 4, 2014

    Yen late weakening suggests stocks rally

    Timing is everything in investment. Yesterday, the time that mattered was 3pm in Tokyo, when equity trading closed. Shares...

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