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BOJ governor cautious about corporate tax cuts
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda responds to a question in a March 13 interview with The Asahi Shimbun. (Kazuo Yamamoto)
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda expects the higher consumption tax rate to have little effect on the economy, but he warns against the Abe administration’s proposal to ...
BOJ to extend and expand measures to stimulate bank lending
The Bank of Japan head office (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
With a view to strengthening the foundations for economic growth, the Bank of Japan said Feb. 18 that it will extend and expand measures to stimulate bank lending.
INTERVIEW: Government spokesman Suga says Abe keen to cut...
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is determined to cut Japan's corporate tax rate, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said, a step experts say could boost the global...
EDITORIAL: Without long-term perspective, Abe's economic policy...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe talks about economic policy at a meeting of the Industrial Competitiveness Council at the prime minister's office in February. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Over the past year, the Japanese economy has been driven by “Abenomics,” or Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s reflationary economic policy mix.
Tankan shows manufacturing sentiment rises to 6-year high
Business confidence at major manufacturers rose to a six-year high, according to a quarterly central bank survey released on Dec. 16, amid optimism over Prime Minister Shinzo...
BOJ keeps loose money policy, says economy on mend
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda during a news conference on Nov. 21. (Kenichiro Shino)
The Bank of Japan has opted to keep its ultra-loose monetary policy in place, saying the economy is on track for a “moderate recovery” despite slowing growth in the past...
Bank of Japan: Economy recovering in 8 of 9 regions
A sign says all units have been sold at this luxury condominium tower under construction in Nagoya in September. (The Asahi Shimbun)
The economy is recovering in eight of Japan’s nine regions, suggesting that the benefits of the weakened yen and high stock prices are spreading around the nation, a central...
Japan survey shows improved business sentiment
Honda Motor Co.'s factory in Suzuka, Mie Prefecture, is in full production. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japanese manufacturers are increasingly optimistic over the business outlook in months ahead, according to a survey released on Oct. 1 in advance of the expected approval of a...
POINT OF VIEW/ Adam Posen: Japan can make tax increase its turning ...
Adam Posen (Photo by Yuko Lanham)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to make a decision soon on whether to raise the consumption tax rate next year. Japan should move ahead with the tax increase as planned...
POINT OF VIEW/ Tetsuya Inoue: Monetary policy in 2020
Tetsuya Inoue (Provided by Nomura Research Institute)
A missing part of the government’s growth strategy is the vision where the policy initiative is heading. Lacking the vision is a shared problem with the monetary policy in...
Government starts hearing on sales tax, ex-bank deputy urges...
The first meeting of a week-long hearing on a planned increase in sales tax, held at the prime minister's office on Aug. 26. (Yasuhiro Sugimoto)
The government opened a week-long hearing with economists, business leaders and consumer advocates on Aug. 26 that may help determine Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision on...
G20 wary of scaring markets, Japan sticks to stimulus path
Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, attends a meeting of the Group of 20 finance ministers in Moscow on July 19. (AP Photo)
MOSCOW--The Group of 20 nations, wary of renewed market volatility, pledged on July 19 to shift policy carefully and communicate clearly as they seek to navigate a path to...
Bank of Japan more upbeat about economic recovery
Bank of Japan (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan's central bank is turning more upbeat about the nation's economy after implementing an ambitious monetary policy aimed at boosting inflation and growth.
INTERVIEW/ Wu Xiaoling: China won’t join competitive devaluation,...
Wu Xiaoling during an interview with The Asahi Shimbun in Beijing (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
China is showing signs of being annoyed by Japan’s aggressive monetary expansion, the first “arrow” of Abenomics, or Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s deflation-busting...
Business confidence up after almost 2 years
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries officials celebrate the start of the construction of a cruise ship, the first such project at the company's Nagasaki shipbuilding yard in nine years, during a keel laying ceremony on June 30. (Kenichi Ezaki)
Business sentiment among major Japanese manufacturers turned positive for the first time in nearly two years, a signal that companies are reacting positively to the weaker yen...
ASAHI SURVEY: 78% of major firms see business conditions improving
In front of stacks of his company's products, the president of a company in Shiga Prefecture that makes plastic materials and bags says on June 14 that the weaker yen has forced his company to face harsher financial conditions, and he has not benefited from the current monetary easing measures of the Bank of Japan. (Masami Horie)
While nearly 80 percent of Japan’s major companies assess business conditions as improving, an Asahi Shimbun survey shows, that optimism is tempered by comments from some...
Financial wizards get lubricated at pubs that cater to investors
Stock prices are displayed on large screens at the FPeye bar in Osaka’s Chuo Ward. (Yoshiko Sato)
Recent fluctuations in the stock market driven by the intoxicating effects of Abenomics have enlivened watering holes that specialize in pouring drinks for thirsty private...
Japanese stocks lead rout in Asia
Nikkei dives 6.4 percent to enter bear market territory. (Satoru Semba)
Japanese stocks plunged over 6 percent to bear market territory and Asian shares slid to nine-month lows on June 13, as investors rushed for the exits as the prospect of...
Bank of Japan keeps extreme easing steady
Bank of Japan (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan's central bank has ended a two-day policy meeting with an upbeat assessment for the world's No. 3 economy and a pledge to persist with its aggressive monetary easing...
POINT OF VIEW: ‘Abenomics’ at a crossroads following plunge in ...
A display shows the plunge in the Nikkei 225 stock index in central Tokyo on May 23. (Yosuke Fukudome)
Japan’s ambitious economic recovery plan under the name of “Abenomics” has reached a crossroads much earlier than the government expected.