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    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...

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    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...

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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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....

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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,...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. 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...

  35. 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...

  36. 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...

  37. 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...

  38. 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...

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