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    1. October 19, 2014

      Abe balances tax rise against economic damage

      Shinzo Abe has hinted that he may delay increasing Japan’s consumption tax, saying the move would be “meaningless” if it...

    2. October 17, 2014

      Bank of Japan fails to meet bond-buying goal

      The Bank of Japan on Friday failed to meet its bond-buying target as investors balked at the liquidity being pumped out as...

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    1. October 16, 2014

      Oil price fall offers mixed blessings for Japan

      The recent fall in crude oil prices looks at first blush like a blessing for Japan – a country that spent about $160bn on...

    2. October 15, 2014

      A weak yen is no panacea but Shinzo Abe needs it all the same

      It is a truth universally acknowledged that a weak yen is good for Japan. It is a truth mostly unacknowledged – at least in...

    3. October 9, 2014

      Yen tensions emerge between Shinzo Abe and Haruhiko Kuroda

      Yen depreciation was supposed to be one of the key planks of Shinzo Abe’s plan to banish deflation and stimulate growth. But...

    4. October 7, 2014

      BoJ downgrades outlook for economy

      The Bank of Japan has downgraded its assessment of the world’s third-biggest economy, with one board member warning of...

    5. October 3, 2014

      Japan launches effort to support SMEs hurt by yen’s fall

      The Japanese government has unveiled measures to support small businesses hurt by the recent plunge in the yen, amid fears...

    6. October 1, 2014

      Japan’s bullet train celebrates its 50th birthday

      It was with a mix of wistful nostalgia and pride that Japan celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Shinkansen bullet train....

    7. October 1, 2014

      Yen hits six-year low after Tankan data

      The yen weakened to a six-year low against the dollar on Wednesday as the US currency spiked after mixed economic data were...

    8. October 1, 2014

      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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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,...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. September 3, 2014

      Abe reshuffle promotes women but maintains conservatism

      Shinzo Abe refreshed his cabinet line-up on Wednesday for the first time since he returned to the Japanese prime minister’s...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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....

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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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