April 26, 2013
Japan reports its consumer price index fell 0.9 percent in March from a year earlier, resisting an onslaught of monetary easing and stimulus spending meant to free the economy...
March 29, 2013
Japan's economy has stopped weakening and should show signs of recovery by midyear, the newly appointed central bank governor said on March 28, as weaker-than-expected retail...
March 22, 2013
Newly installed Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda faces many hurdles as he sets out to achieve a target of 2-percent inflation two years from now.
March 16, 2013
Haruhiko Kuroda, the newly approved governor of the Bank of Japan, is taking a major gamble by promising to do everything possible to lift the Japanese economy out of a...
March 14, 2013
There are signs that this year's "shunto" spring labor negotiations are shaping up to become a major turning point in the wage trend in this country.
March 02, 2013
The coming 12 months will be crucial in determining if the Japanese economy can expunge its deflationary state, according to Koichi Hamada, a Yale University economics...
February 15, 2013
The Bank of Japan upgraded its economic outlook on Feb. 14. While the growth rate for the October-December 2012 period in real terms dropped from the previous quarter, the...
January 25, 2013
On Jan. 22, the government and the Bank of Japan issued a joint statement declaring they would pursue "policy cooperation" to try to end deflation.
January 22, 2013
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a “monetary regime change'' on Jan. 22 as the central bank bowed to government pressure, setting a 2-percent inflation target aimed at...
January 17, 2013
Two men seen as likely candidates to succeed Masaaki Shirakawa as governor of the Bank of Japan in April are both calling for further monetary easing measures to end deflation.
December 31, 2012
The other day, I watched a TV program showing an amateur singing contest. The amateur singers appearing in the program all performed J-Pop songs surprisingly well. I was...
December 27, 2012
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe assembled his Cabinet with the primary goal of resuscitating the economy, but he also picked allies to lay the groundwork for conservative objectives, ...
December 25, 2012
Incoming Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said the defining theme for his administration, to be inaugurated this week, will be pulling the Japanese economy out of deflation.
November 17, 2012
The government’s pessimistic monthly economic report underscores the difficulties Japan still faces in its decade-long effort to end deflation.
November 08, 2012
Calls are increasing for economic stimulus measures that can finally lift the Japanese economy out of the deflationary spiral that has hindered growth.
October 31, 2012
Japan may need to delay a planned hike in consumption tax if a new forecast of persistent deflation by the Bank of Japan bears out.
October 31, 2012
For the second straight month, the Bank of Japan decided on Oct. 30 to take additional monetary easing measures to prevent a sharp downturn in the Japanese economy.
October 23, 2012
The Bank of Japan has revised its assessment of business conditions across much of the nation, amid the double blows of China's economic slowdown and an anti-Japan backlash by...
May 01, 2012
Bank of Japan Governor Masaaki Shirakawa indicated April 27 that he expects the Japanese economy to finally pull itself out of the deflationary hole in which it has been...
April 28, 2012
Caught in the crossfire from both sides in the battle over tax hikes, the Bank of Japan succumbed to political pressure in announcing its latest monetary easing measures.