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      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...

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      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...

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    1. 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...

    2. 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....

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

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      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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. November 16, 2014

      Weak yen fuels Japan Inc

      The weak yen has revved up Toyota Motor. Announcing first-half results this month, the Aichi-based automaker lifted its...

    12. November 14, 2014

      Japanese markets unfazed by poll talk

      Financial markets in Japan defied fears that delaying a tax increase would send panicked investors rushing, instead ending...

    13. November 12, 2014

      Abe is a man on a mission – destination unknown

      Such is the contrast between Shinzo Abe’s lacklustre first term as prime minister and his supercharged, hyperactive...

    14. November 12, 2014

      Japan actions risk igniting currency war

      Last month the Bank of Japan boosted its quantitative easing efforts to try to revive sagging growth. But it has prescribed...

    15. November 11, 2014

      Talk emerges of snap election in Japan

      Speculation is mounting that the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, will call a snap general election next month, as he...

    16. November 11, 2014

      Yen drop widens Japan’s current account surplus

      Japan posted its widest current account surplus for a year-and-a-half in September as the drop in its currency boosted...

    17. November 5, 2014

      Japan: dividends are not enough

      In Japan, dessert is rarely the best part of the meal. Diners prefer savoury stuff. Japanese shares have soared this past...

    18. November 5, 2014

      Japan union boss criticises pension fund strategy shift

      The head of Japan’s most powerful federation of labour unions has criticised the shake-up at the national pension fund,...

    19. November 4, 2014

      Warnings from Japan for the eurozone

      Japan is no longer governed by consensus. This is true at least of its monetary policy. Haruhiko Kuroda, governor of the...

    20. November 4, 2014

      Japan still a long haul despite QE boost

      Asset allocators expect further rises in Japanese equities after the country’s central bank announced it would step up...

    21. November 4, 2014

      Abenomics sends equities soaring

      Japanese stocks shot up on Tuesday morning while bond yields dropped sharply, as investors got set for a second chapter of...

    22. November 4, 2014

      Stocks cool as crude hits multiyear lows

      Tuesday 21.00 GMT. Global stock markets floundered on Tuesday, with oil majors weighing on indices as crude prices hit new...

    23. November 3, 2014

      Kuroda sticks to his inflationary promises

      Fifteen years of deflationary conditions were a disaster for Japan. From the mid-1990s its economy shrank in cash terms,...

    24. November 2, 2014

      Testing times for Shinzo Abe as tax decision looms

      Shinzo Abe jokingly reminded a group of visiting Americans on Friday evening that in 2013, shortly after being elected...

    25. October 31, 2014

      Bank of Japan: crazy wisdom

      “Having no destination, I am never lost.” The 15th-century Zen monk Ikkyu thought that enlightenment could be found in doing...

    26. October 31, 2014

      Bank of Japan opts for another dose of shock and awe

      It was the day that “Abenomics” roared back. On Friday morning, a report in the Nikkei newspaper that the national pension...

    27. October 31, 2014

      US dollar jumps to 4-year high after BoJ stuns markets

      The dollar has powered to a four-year high after the Bank of Japan stunned markets by expanding its asset-buying programme...

    28. October 27, 2014

      Subdued outlook for Japan shortens odds on BoJ action

      Bank of Japan insiders squirmed in their seats in July when Haruhiko Kuroda said there was “no chance” that inflation would...

    29. October 24, 2014

      Japan blighted by zombie housing

      Yoko Irie sweeps autumn leaves from the pavement outside the house that neither she nor anyone else has lived in for the...

    30. October 22, 2014

      Japan: Power switch weighs on Abe

      When asked why it is taking so long to bring nuclear power back to Satsumasendai, Daisaku Fukuyama blows out his cheeks and...

    31. October 20, 2014

      Abe has no easy fix for Japan’s economic woes

      Two years into Shinzo Abe’s vaunted programme to revive Japan’s economy, the outlook has turned bleak. The prime minister’s...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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