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  1. 12 hours ago

    Japan corporate confidence fades further

    Optimism has faded across all industries in Japan six months on from a tax increase that caused the sharpest contraction in...

  2. September 30, 2014

    Global imbalances remain a threat to stability, IMF warns

    Debts owed by borrower to surplus countries have kept growing in the wake of the 2008-09 crisis and still threaten the...

  3. September 22, 2014

    Local banks on shortlist to buy Citi’s Japan unit

    Citigroup has drawn up a shortlist of four domestic lenders as potential buyers for its retail banking business in Japan,...

  4. September 19, 2014

    BoJ buys one-year government debt at negative yields

    The Bank of Japan bought one-year government debt at negative yields for the first time on Friday, demonstrating its...

  5. September 18, 2014

    Japan imports fall as fragility persists

    Japan’s imports dropped in August, suggesting ongoing fragility in the world’s third-largest economy in the wake of a tax...

  6. September 10, 2014

    Tokyo governor backs public fund management shift

    The governor of Tokyo has thrown his weight behind moves to manage public money more aggressively, urging that a portion of...

  7. September 10, 2014

    Japan is creating jobs but workers do not prosper

    Something odd is going on with Japan’s labour market. Unemployment is at 3.7 per cent. Recently, it has been as low as 3.5...

  8. September 8, 2014

    Japan GDP revision raises further doubts on second sales tax rise

    April’s consumption tax rise dealt a heavier blow to Japan’s economy than initially reported, raising further questions over...

  9. September 5, 2014

    Japan aluminium can scrap prices hit 6-year high

    Prices in Japan – from stocks and real estate to Uniqlo jackets – are rising on the back of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s...

  10. September 4, 2014

    Bank of Japan strikes bearish note

    Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda has backed moves to repair state finances via a second increase in the country’s...

  11. September 3, 2014

    Abe reshuffle promotes women but maintains conservatism

    Shinzo Abe revamped his cabinet on Wednesday for the first time since he returned to the Japanese prime minister’s office in...

  12. September 3, 2014

    Japan prepares to tackle debt burden

    It was an odd sort of rallying cry. Just after Sadakazu Tanigaki’s appointment as secretary-general of Japan’s ruling...

  13. September 1, 2014

    Japan capex data underscore GDP slide

    Official Japanese gross domestic product data have a short shelf life: a couple of weeks after the government publishes its...

  14. August 29, 2014

    Japanese economy flounders after sales tax rise

    Japan’s economy continued to struggle in July to shake off the disruptive effects of a sales tax increase implemented three...

  15. August 28, 2014

    Abe must keep his project on track

    Is Abenomics failing? Recent data from Japan are mixed at best. The core inflation rate, stripped of fresh food prices, fell...

  16. August 27, 2014

    Abenomics’ arrows fail to hit their mark

    Mid-August is Obon season in Japan, the time when people return to their ancestral homes and pay homage to the spirits of...

  17. August 25, 2014

    Abenomics: Off target

    Three arrows, six obstacles It is never a good sign for a world leader when golfing becomes an object of scandal. As Barack...

  18. August 25, 2014

    The JGB – a strange kind of haven

    In the last fiscal year Japan spent Y93tn ($891bn) – about half of it borrowed. This year the world’s most indebted...

  19. August 20, 2014

    Japan trade deficit narrows as exports rise

    Japan suffered its 25th consecutive monthly trade deficit in July, a larger than expected Y964bn ($9.3bn). Yet as recent...

  20. August 19, 2014

    An indifferent time for Japan

    Remember when the whole world was mad about Japan? For much of last year there were few hotter themes on global macro desks....

  21. August 13, 2014

    The challenges facing Abenomics

    In December 2012 Shinzo Abe was returned to power in Japan, pledging to revive his country’s economy after a long period of...

  22. August 13, 2014

    Japan suffers worst economic contraction since tsunami of 2011

    Japan has suffered its worst economic contraction since the earthquake and tsunami more than three years ago, providing...

  23. August 12, 2014

    Q&A: Japan’s GDP and the sales tax shock

    Japan is poised to announce preliminary gross domestic product data for the second quarter on Wednesday. Economists expect...

  24. August 8, 2014

    Japan’s current account returns to deficit

    Japan reported its second consecutive half-year current account deficit on Friday and its first for the January-to-June...

  25. July 31, 2014

    Japan’s workers still wait for wage boost

    Six months after Japanese workers were told by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to prepare for a “wage surprise” many are still...

  26. July 30, 2014

    Japan’s industrial output falls back

    Fears of a serious knock to Japan’s economy caused by April’s increase in consumption tax intensified as industrial...

  27. July 29, 2014

    Sales tax rise hits Japan’s retail spending

    Prime minister Shinzo Abe’s efforts to reboot Japan’s economy suffered a setback on Tuesday, after gloomy economic data...

  28. July 29, 2014

    Tokyo Olympics costs jump amid construction labour shortage

    Abenomics, Shinzo Abe’s quest to bring growth and inflation back to Japan, has thrown a spanner in the works of Tokyo’s...

  29. July 27, 2014

    Shinzo Abe faces rising disenchantment in Japan

    Shinzo Abe has spent much of his premiership trumpeting his achievements to foreigners, particularly those of Abenomics, his...

  30. July 24, 2014

    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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. 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,...

  34. 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...

  35. 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...

  36. 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...

  37. 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...

  38. 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...

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