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BOJ trim of bond purchases flags risks of market overreaction

January 20, 2018 - 22:24
Many bond market participants were caught off guard on Jan. 9 when the Bank of Japan unexpectedly reduced its purchases of government bonds, instantly pushing yields higher. In the nine days that followed, long-term rates -- yields on 10 year Japanese Government Bonds -- hit 0.090%, the highest since July 2017. (Nikkei)
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Economic assessment upgraded

January 19, 2018 - 20:26
Japanese government officials have upgraded their monthly economic assessment for the first time in seven months. (NHK)
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Japan to offer pension age option of over 70

January 17, 2018 - 22:42
The Japanese government will offer an option to postpone the starting age for receiving public pensions to over 70, according to draft policy guidelines unveiled Wednesday. (Jiji)
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BOJ ups economic views on Tohoku, Hokuriku, Kinki regions

January 15, 2018 - 21:00
The Bank of Japan upgraded its economic views on three of the country's nine regions in a quarterly report adopted at a meeting of its local branch chiefs on Monday, partly reflecting rises in corporate capital expenditures and personal consumption. (Jiji)
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Lure of foreign bonds fades for Japanese investors

January 13, 2018 - 00:32
Japanese investors became less enthusiastic about buying foreign bonds last year on growing concern about rising U.S. Treasury yields. (Nikkei)
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Households on welfare hit record high in October

January 10, 2018 - 23:22
The number of households in the nation receiving welfare increased by 634 in October last year from the previous month to hit a record high of 1,642,907, up for the sixth straight month, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said Wednesday. (the-japan-news.com)
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Japan real wage Up 0.1 pct in Nov.

January 9, 2018 - 20:33
Japan's price-adjusted real wage index in November last year rose 0.1 pct from a year before, the first increase in 11 months, a labor ministry preliminary report said Tuesday. (Jiji)
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Japan's love of cash is a costly business

January 8, 2018 - 20:15
If you go out for drinks with your colleagues in Japan, chances are that you end up doing warikan at the end of the night. And the warikan, or the splitting of the bill evenly, is most likely done in cash despite almost everyone having plastic and electronic money in their wallets. Thanks to this die-hard affection for cash, Japan loses over 2 trillion yen ($17.6 billion) every year. (Nikkei)
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TPP sows fear in Japan's agriculture industry

January 8, 2018 - 20:08
Consumer groups and farmers in Japan fear the repercussions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, which is quickly moving forward on the heels of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s conference of the other 10 nations (including Australia, Canada, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and Vietnam) now involved in talks. (Japan Times)
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Prospects for Japan's economy in 2018

January 5, 2018 - 00:00
Many economists predict the Japanese economy will continue to expand in 2018. (NHK)
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Japanese food prices to rise in 2018

January 4, 2018 - 23:58
The price of food and drink in Japan is set to rise this year. The growing cost of raw materials and distribution, on the back of the country's labor crunch, are to blame. (NHK)
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Japan's jobless rate falls to 24-year low

December 26, 2017 - 23:30
Japan's unemployment rate fell to 2.7 percent in November -- the lowest in 24 years. (NHK)
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5 years on, Abenomics raises hope for ending deflation

December 25, 2017 - 23:08
The Japanese economy has been recovering moderately since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's second administration was launched in December 2012, with a gleam of hope now seen for pulling out of deflation. (Jiji)
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Number of union workers falls to record low

December 25, 2017 - 23:04
A government survey shows that the percentage of Japanese workers belonging to labor unions has fallen to a record low of 17.1 percent, for the 6th straight year-on-year decline. (NHK)
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Aid to be cut for 67 pct of Japanese households on welfare

December 22, 2017 - 23:03
The welfare ministry said Friday that 67 pct of all households on welfare in Japan will see cuts in livelihood aid chiefly to cover food and utility costs, starting from October 2018. (Jiji)
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Finance Minister Taro Aso OKs 0.9% total medical fee cu

December 19, 2017 - 02:20
Finance Minister Taro Aso agreed on Monday to cut total medical fees covered by the country’s public health insurance system by 0.90 percent from the current level. (Japan Times)
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Japan's labor shortage worsens

December 15, 2017 - 22:57
The latest Tankan survey by the Bank of Japan shows the country's labor shortage is the worst that it has been in over a quarter of a century. (NHK)
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2.3 M. Japanese salaried workers to face income tax hikes

December 13, 2017 - 22:23
Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner, Komeito, adopted on Tuesday an income tax reform plan that will bring about heavier burdens on salaried employees earning over 8.5 million yen a year. (Jiji)
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Haruhiko Kuroda says reappointment as Bank of Japan chief didn't come up during meeting with Abe

December 5, 2017 - 22:25
Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda told reporters after meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday that he did not discuss who will lead the central bank after his term expires in April. (Japan Times)
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'My boss doesn't know my ambitions,' say Japan's working women

December 2, 2017 - 00:04
A survey by professional recruitment company Hays has found that many Japanese female professionals aspire to be corporate directors, but that male bosses do not seem to grasp that reality. (Nikkei)
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