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Japan-Australia EPA takes effect

January 15, 2015 - 06:32
An economic partnership agreement between Japan and Australia takes effect on Thursday, with Australia becoming the first major farm produce exporter to have an EPA with Japan. (Jiji Press)
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Japan to make small progress on deficit reduction

January 14, 2015 - 22:54
Japan is on track to meet its interim deficit-reduction goal next fiscal year but is still far way off in regaining fiscal health as the government remains unable to enact changes necessary to fundamentally address the country's towering debt. (Nikkei)
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Japanese stocks retreat as oil continues to fall

January 13, 2015 - 12:04
Japanese stocks snapped a three-session winning streak on Tuesday, as oil stocks led the index lower on a renewed drop in crude prices. (
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Government projects 1.5% real GDP growth for FY15

January 12, 2015 - 23:49
The government adopted economic projections for fiscal 2015 from April at a Cabinet meeting Monday, estimating year-on-year real growth of 1.5 percent in the nation's gross domestic product. (The Japan News)
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Cabinet finalizes FY2015 draft budget

January 12, 2015 - 23:37
Cabinet ministers have finalized the draft budget for fiscal 2015, which begins in April. It amounts to a record 96.34 trillion yen, or about 814 billion dollars. (NHK)
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Foreign capital pouring into Japanese real estate market

January 11, 2015 - 20:07
Foreign companies roughly tripled purchases of real estate in Japan last year, driven by the weaker yen and expectations of a market recovery on the back of higher corporate earnings and the 2020 Olympic Games. (Nikkei)
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Japan to set FY 2015 general-account budget at around 96.9 trillion yen

January 10, 2015 - 01:26
The Japanese government and ruling coalition are in the final stage of talks to set the scale of general-account spending at around 96.9 trillion yen in the initial budget proposal for fiscal 2015, informed sources said Thursday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan November coincident economic index down 1.0 point

January 9, 2015 - 10:55
Japan's composite index of coincident economic indicators for November fell 1.0 point from the previous month, the first drop in three months, the Cabinet Office said Friday. (Jiji Press)
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Nikkei rises for 3rd day on US optimism

January 9, 2015 - 09:11
The Nikkei rose for a third day on Friday on growing confidence in the US economy and hopes of aggressive stimulus steps in Europe, while Fast Retailing Co rose after reporting strong quarterly profits. (
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Govt. forecasts 1.5% growth for fiscal 2015

January 9, 2015 - 00:46
Japanese government officials are expected to forecast real economic growth of around 1.5 percent in the fiscal year ahead. They are likely to predict nominal gross domestic product, which includes price rises, will be 2.7 percent. (NHK)
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Weak yen caused more firms to collapse in 2014

January 9, 2015 - 00:40
Analysts who survey bankrupt Japanese companies say the number of firms last year that blamed the weaker yen was more than double the amount in 2013. (NHK)
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Tokyo stocks rise 1.67 pct on upbeat U.S. jobs data

January 8, 2015 - 09:30
Tokyo stocks rose 1.67 percent Thursday as market sentiment was lifted by upbeat U.S. job data. (
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Gov't expecting Japan's economy to shrink in FY 2014: sources

January 7, 2015 - 23:53
The government is expecting Japan's economy will shrink in the current fiscal year, with higher domestic prices triggered by the April 1 consumption tax hike and the weaker yen hurting private spending, sources close to the matter said Wednesday. (Kyodo)
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Indonesia mulls canceling trade pact with Japan after years of deficit

January 7, 2015 - 13:17
Indonesia is considering a halt to the Indonesia-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement, as the deal fails to boost the Southeast Asian country's trade with Japan since it has posted a deficit for every year since 2008. (Jakarta Globe)
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Nikkei flat as investors await US data

January 7, 2015 - 12:58
Japanese stocks ended flat today (January 7th), with investors awaiting key domestic and US economic data on Friday, amid ongoing worries over sliding oil prices and the sluggish global growth. (
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Abenomics boost for property shrinks back to Tokyo

January 6, 2015 - 23:09
An economic rebound and loose money policy under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe briefly halted a long slide in Japan's commercial property market, but the benefits of "Abenomics" appear increasingly limited to Tokyo, leaving a moribund hinterland. (Japan Today)
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Abe urges business chiefs to raise wages for economy

January 6, 2015 - 22:53
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday again urged business leaders to raise wages this year to help get Japan's economy out of more than a decade of deflation. (Kyodo)
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Tokyo stocks drop more than 3% on eurozone fears, oil price fall

January 6, 2015 - 07:49
Tokyo stocks tumbled 3.02 percent on Tuesday continuing a global equity market sell-off fuelled by political turmoil in Greece that has fanned fears over the eurozone. (
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Drastic steps needed to rework Japan's employment system

January 6, 2015 - 00:28
Fresh off a decisive victory in last month's lower house election, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his government are expected to tackle job market reform. But revamping Japan's rigid employment system will require drastic steps, such as changing the way corporate jobs are structured. (Nikkei)
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Weak yen squeezes Japan's development aid

January 6, 2015 - 00:20
Japan will likely provide less official development assistance in fiscal 2015 than in fiscal 2014 due to the weakening yen, raising concerns that the country may lose some influence in the international arena. (Nikkei)
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