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Japanese business mood improves despite gloomy data, BOJ survey...
An electronic device manufacturing factory of a Panasonic Corp. group company in Tosu, Saga Prefecture (The Asahi Shimbun)
The mood among big Japanese corporations is unexpectedly upbeat despite recent data showing the recovery appears to be stalling.
EDITORIAL: Japan’s fiscal crunch requires immediate action
The Bank of Japan headquarters in Tokyo (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan is submerged in debt. As of March, the government was in hock for 1.053 quadrillion yen, twice as much as the nation’s gross domestic product.
BOJ slightly more upbeat on economy; Kuroda sees no need for more...
Haruhiko Kuroda, governor of the Bank of Japan, at a news conference in Tokyo on May 22 (The Asahi Shimbun)
The Bank of Japan offered a slightly more upbeat view of the economy on May 22 and its governor shrugged off the need for more monetary stimulus, dismissing market concerns...
EDITORIAL: Inflation target risks Japan being 'trapped' in endless ...
Lawrence Summers, left, and Ben Bernanke (Asahi Shimbun file photos)
The Bank of Japan has failed to strike the inflation target it set two years ago for its policy efforts to enable the Japanese economy to shake off the grip of deflation.
BOJ delays target for achieving 2 percent inflation until fiscal...
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda speaks at a news conference in Tokyo on April 30. (Satoru Sekiguchi)
The Bank of Japan has pushed back the target date for achieving its 2-percent inflation goal by about one year because of a slower-than-expected recovery in consumer spending.
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.