Saturday, September 20, 2014
Japan on Friday downgraded its assessment of the economy for the first time in five months, as a string of weak data hammers hopes for a quick recovery following Tokyo's April sales tax hike.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Electronic money is being used more and more often since the consumption tax hike in April, as consumers seek to reduce the amount of small coins in their wallets and take advantage of point services.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Japan's economy shrank more than estimated in April-June, revised data showed Monday, piling pressure on the government to delay another sales tax hike, while the central bank faces calls to expand its stimulus.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Japan's trade deficit for July narrowed 6.6 percent from a year earlier, data showed Wednesday, with exports picking up on rising demand for cars and machinery.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Japan's economy suffered its biggest quarterly contraction since the 2011 quake and tsunami as a sales tax rise slammed the brakes on growth, data showed Wednesday, throwing into question plans for another increase next year.
Saturday, August 9, 2014
The Bank of Japan (BOJ) on Friday warned the country's export and factory output picture was worsening but it held fire on launching more stimulus, saying the world's number three economy was still on a path to recovery.
Japan posted its first current account deficit in five months in June as growing imports of fossil fuels inflated the country's trade shortfall, government data showed Friday.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Japan's factory output in June logged its sharpest fall since the 2011 earthquake-tsunami disaster, hit largely by drops in cars and industrial machine production, official data showed Wednesday.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Japan's job market is tightening despite a rise in the unemployment rate, official data showed Tuesday, as consumer spending recovers from April's sales tax hike.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Though employees of many small and medium-size companies will benefit from this year's shunto spring labor-management wage negotiations, challenges have already surfaced for next year's shunto negotiations. This is mainly because of the tough decisions smaller firms had to make this time around.