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Japan's wary manufacturers resist Abe's urge to splurge
An assembly line to produce air conditioners at a Daikin Industries Ltd. factory in Kusatsu, Shiga Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
KUSATSU, Shiga Prefecture--Hirotoshi Ogura, a self-described "factory geek," is a master at Daikin Industries Ltd. of doing more with less--and part of the reason Japan's...
EDITORIAL: Exit strategy needed for BOJ's quantitative easing...
Haruhiko Kuroda, the governor of the Bank of Japan (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Two years have passed since the Bank of Japan, led by Governor Haruhiko Kuroda, introduced the “different dimension” monetary easing program that has pumped unprecedented...
Tankan survey finds corporate outlook cautious, capital spending...
Toyota Motor Corp.'s Mirai fuel-cell vehicles are assembled at a factory in Toyota, Aichi Prefecture, in February. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japanese businesses remain wary over the outlook for the world's No. 3 economy and generally plan to reduce capital investment, according to a central bank survey released on...
BOJ says economy on mend, keeps ultra-loose monetary policy
BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan's central bank pointed to signs of improvement in the world's No. 3 economy after ending a policy meeting Feb. 18 with no change to its ultra-loose monetary stance.
Japan’s national debt rises by 12 trillion yen despite low...
The Asahi Shimbun
Japan’s outstanding national debt climbed to 1,029.9205 trillion yen ($8.62 trillion) in 2014, the equivalent of about 8.11 million yen per person in the country, according...
BOJ sees growth rebounding in coming year
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda meets reporters in Tokyo on Jan. 21. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Japan's central bank said Jan. 21 it expects the world's third largest economy to rebound in the coming fiscal year after contracting 0.5 percent this fiscal year, in an upbeat ...
BOJ sees growth rebounding in coming year
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda meets reporters in Tokyo on Jan. 21. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Japan's central bank said Jan. 21 it expects the world's third largest economy to rebound in the coming fiscal year after contracting 0.5 percent this fiscal year, in an upbeat ...
Nikkei stock average closes 7.1 percent higher than 2013
The Asahi Shimbun
The Nikkei 225 index closed at 17,450.77 on Dec. 30, up 7.1 percent over the previous year and ending what one industry insider called a “blessed year” for Japanese stocks.
Yoshinoya to raise price of iconic beef bowl amid yen's persistent ...
Customers eat "gyuudon," a bowl of rice topped with sauteed beef and onions, at a branch restaurant of Yoshinoya in Fukuoka. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japanese fast-food company Yoshinoya Holdings Co. said Dec. 9 it would raise the price of its signature beef bowl dish--long a symbol of the deflationary economy--for the first ...
ANALYSIS: Moody's downgrade raises doubts about Abenomics
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda, right, and Finance Minister Taro Aso attend a news conference in Washington on Oct. 11. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Moody’s Investors Service Inc.’s downgrading of Japan’s credit rating underscores the growing difficulty of simultaneously achieving the goals of Abenomics, particularly...
Japan inflation eases, other data mixed in October
Shoppers look for year-end gifts at a department store in Tokyo. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Japan's inflation rate edged lower in October, highlighting the difficulty Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces in his campaign to overcome deflation in the world's third-largest...
ANALYSIS: 'Abenomics' now in sink-or-swim situation
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda explains the additional monetary easing measures during a news conference in Tokyo on Oct. 31. (Reina Kitamura)
The “Abenomics” policies that the Abe administration brought in to turn the economy around have reached a critical point.
EDITORIAL: BOJ should have reviewed inflation target before...
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda at a news conference on Oct. 31 (Reina Kitamura)
In a surprise move on Oct. 31, the Bank of Japan opened up the monetary taps further to shore up the sagging economy.
BOJ expands stimulus to shore up shaky recovery
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda, right, and Finance Minister Taro Aso during a news conference in Washington on Oct. 11 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan's central bank expanded its asset purchases in a surprise move on Oct. 31 to shore up sagging growth in the world's No. 3 economy.
Inflation slips, joblessness edges higher in September as central...
Customers check out prices at a supermarket in Nagoya. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan's economic recovery remained in the doldrums in September, as household spending fell, inflation edged lower and unemployment ticked up.
EDITORIAL: Economy divided between winners and losers
The Bank of Japan head office in Tokyo’s Nihonbashi district (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan seems to be split between people and companies that are feeling the benefits of a weaker yen and those who aren’t. That is the reality of the nation’s economy and...
Central bank trove of woodblock prints shown for 1st time overseas
One of the “nishiki-e” woodblock prints on display at an exhibition in Washington (Provided by the Bank of Japan’s Institute for Monetary and Economic Studies)
Forty-six "nishiki-e" woodblock prints displaying scenes from 19th-century Japan stored at the Bank of Japan's Currency Museum are being shown for the first time overseas.
Surveys show economy slowing but headed for rebound from sales tax ...
A Toyota showroom waits for customers in May in Nagoya. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The domestic economy is slowing following a sales tax hike but not as badly as some economists feared, according to two business surveys released on July 1.
Japan unveils latest installment of 'Third Arrow' reforms
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a news conference in Tokyo on June 24 (Shogo Koshida/ The Asahi Shimbun)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe unveiled a package of measures on June 24 aimed to boost Japan's long-term economic growth, from phased-in corporate tax cuts to a bigger role for...
BOJ top holder of government bonds with 201 trillion yen
The Asahi Shimbun
The Bank of Japan has become the biggest holder of the country's sovereign debt for the first time.