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      Japanese unions and employers clash over best way to raise pay

      A split between Japan’s unions and employers on how to raise pay has emerged as the main issue at the start of wage talks...

    2. January 27, 2015

      Japan Inc shuns seniority in favour of merit-based pay

      Japanese companies including Toyota, Hitachi and Panasonic are moving away from seniority-based pay scales, boosting Prime...

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    1. Special Report: Investing in Japan 2013

      The government is stirring hopes that it will adopt bold measures to deregulate indust...
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    1. January 27, 2015

      Easy money cannot cure Japanese stagnation

      Even as financial markets greet the European Central Bank decision to embark on massive asset purchases with rapture, the...

    2. January 21, 2015

      Japan central bank slashes inflation forecasts

      The Bank of Japan has slashed its inflation forecast for the year beginning this April to just 1 per cent, down from the 1.7...

    3. January 20, 2015

      What to look out for from the BoJ

      It is less than three months since the Bank of Japan shocked financial markets with a dramatic expansion of monetary easing....

    4. January 14, 2015

      Inventories shrink as BoJ’s bond appetite grows

      In a global race to the bottom, few can keep up with Japan. The 10-year government bond of the most indebted major sovereign...

    5. January 14, 2015

      Japan approves record Y96tn budget

      Shinzo Abe’s cabinet on Wednesday approved the largest budget in Japan’s history, spending heavily to support the country’s...

    6. January 12, 2015

      Japan puts secular stagnation thesis to the test

      Watch Japan. Such advice has long been rare, except on “lost decades” or the risks of nuclear power. But for the next 12...

    7. January 11, 2015

      Japan on course to meet deficit goal

      Higher sales tax receipts and a weaker yen mean Japan is likely to meet its long-term goal of halving its primary deficit as...

    8. January 8, 2015

      Japan public optimism for economy hits 2-year low

      Public optimism over the Japanese economy sunk to a two-year low in the run-up to last month’s election, underlining the...

    9. January 7, 2015

      Currency swings pose challenges for Asian groups

      Viewed from the South Korean port of Ulsan, home to the world’s largest shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries, it is jackpot...

    10. January 5, 2015

      The west has lost intellectual self-confidence

      For the first half of my life, international politics was defined by the cold war. The fall of the Berlin Wall ended that...

    11. January 4, 2015

      A wise bet is on a happier year for the economy

      In 2014, global output per head grew by close to 2 per cent, at purchasing power parity. Thus, at the end of the year, human...

    12. December 27, 2014

      Japan cabinet approves Y3.5tn stimulus spending

      TOKYO, Dec 27 - Japan’s government has approved stimulus spending worth Y3.5tn ($29bn) aimed at helping the country’s...

    13. December 26, 2014

      Japan inflation slips to 14-month low

      Inflation in Japan dropped to a 14-month low in November, in what policy makers hope will be a temporary lull caused by the...

    14. December 24, 2014

      Abe sworn in as prime minister following election victory

      Shinzo Abe has been sworn in as Japan’s prime minister ten days on from the ruling party’s comfortable victory in a snap...

    15. December 22, 2014

      Oil’s fall may prompt BoJ easing

      It is a very merry Christmas from Tokyo Electric Power. Last week, Japan’s biggest utility by service area said that the...

    16. December 19, 2014

      Kuroda hails progress in deflation battle

      The governor of the Bank of Japan said on Friday the country was on track to win its battle with deflation but that the...

    17. December 18, 2014

      Retail investors snub ‘Abenomics’ savings

      The aggressive monetary easing of “Abenomics” may have charmed foreign investors but has so far failed to convince Japanese...

    18. December 15, 2014

      Abe’s limited window of opportunity to fix Japan

      Shinzo Abe’s re-election as Japanese prime minister is an important boost for his efforts to break the country’s long cycle...

    19. December 15, 2014

      Growth Abe’s priority under new mandate

      Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged to push Japanese companies to raise their wages next year, emphasising that economic...

    20. December 15, 2014

      Japan corporate gloom worsens

      Japanese companies are expecting a marked deterioration in business conditions, according to a central bank survey published...

    21. December 14, 2014

      Prepare for the coming Japanese boom

      If you’re thinking of coming to Japan for a spring break, you’d better book fast. Occupancy rates for Tokyo and Osaka hotels...

    22. December 14, 2014

      Abenomics’ success hinges on a tricky balance

      In 2005, when Junichiro Koizumi silenced critics within his party after winning a resounding electoral victory, many...

    23. December 14, 2014

      Abe strengthens grip in Japanese election

      Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic party has cruised to another election victory in Japan, strengthening the prime minister’s...

    24. December 9, 2014

      Japan’s voters see no alternative to Abe and his reflation plan

      Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic party is running on the slogan “There is no other way to economic recovery”. It is printed...

    25. December 3, 2014

      Japan: A ballot on Abenomics

      If the aim of a snap election is to take everyone by surprise, then Shinzo Abe has played a blinder. Almost no one in Japan...

    26. December 1, 2014

      Moody’s downgrades Japan’s credit rating

      The government of Japan is now a riskier borrower than either China or South Korea, according to Moody’s, which has put its...

    27. November 28, 2014

      Japan’s CPI falls to 0.9%

      Japanese core inflation last month fell below 1 per cent to a 13 month low, just weeks before prime minister Shinzo Abe...

    28. Andrew Smithers

      November 27, 2014

      Japan's disappointing gross domestic product

      Japan’s gross domestic product shrank in the third quarter of 2014 at 1.6 per cent per annum over the quarter and 1 per cent...

    29. November 23, 2014

      GDP growth estimates for US set to slip

      In a quiet week for data releases the highlights include revisions to gross domestic product estimates for the third quarter...

    30. November 23, 2014

      Japan setback will not be the end of Abenomics

      Shinzo Abe wants to think of his premiership in terms of the three arrows he has wielded in the service of reflating Japan....

    31. November 20, 2014

      Japan’s stimulus plan is not courageous but foolhardy

      In a world of unprecedented expansionary actions by central banks, the Bank of Japan is set to outdo them all. Its plans to...

    32. November 19, 2014

      BoJ governor quashes rebellion over easing programme

      Haruhiko Kuroda, Bank of Japan governor, has quashed a rebellion by board members opposed to last month’s extension of the...

    33. November 18, 2014

      The curse of weak global demand

      D avid Cameron, the UK prime minister, states that “red warning lights are once again flashing on the dashboard of the...

    34. November 17, 2014

      Abe must fight to keep his project on track

      At the end of 2012, Shinzo Abe was returned to power in Japan on a promise to revive his country’s ailing economy after a...

    35. The World

      November 17, 2014

      Japan's economy in seven charts

      The crew that was dead set against raising consumption tax in Japan will be feeling vindicated. The economy unexpectedly...

    36. November 17, 2014

      Japan: tuneless

      “Pulling out all the stops” refers not to opening a dam to let the waters gush, but rather to the opening of the valves on a...

    37. November 17, 2014

      Abenomics’ direction uncertain after GDP shock

      So where does “Abenomics” go from here? Less than two years ago, Shinzo Abe’s big idea was to boost Japan’s growth rate to...

    38. November 16, 2014

      Japan’s Abe should seek more than a mandate if he calls election

      Shinzo Abe is stuck between a public overwhelmingly opposed to another increase in Japan’s consumption tax rate, and a...

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