EghtesadOnline: To shore up his ailing premiership, Shinzo Abe is vowing to focus on the economy. But instead of unleashing yet more stimulus, analysts say Abe needs to take a hammer to an old chestnut: moribund wage growth.
EghtesadOnline: The Bank of Japan is set to keep monetary settings unchanged on Friday and reassure markets it will lag way behind the Federal Reserve in dialing back its massive stimulus program, with inflation stubbornly low despite a strengthening economy.
EghtesadOnline: Core orders for Japanese machinery fell in November at their fastest in seven months, a sign companies may be deferring capital expenditure as uncertainty over the incoming Trump Administration's trade policies and global demand worries take hold.
EghtesadOnline: Armed with fact sheets on jobs created and investments made in America, Japan aims to give Donald Trump a crash course on its contribution to the U.S. economy in hopes of persuading him that Tokyo is different from Trump's favorite trade target, China.
EghtesadOnline: Japan's core consumer prices marked the ninth straight month of annual declines and household spending slumped in November, data showed on Tuesday, suggesting that the economy still lacks enough momentum to jump-start inflation toward the central bank's ambitious 2 percent target.
EghtesadOnline: Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda defended his yield curve control policy on Monday, saying it had kept Japan's long-term interest rates from joining the uptrend in global yields and was helping the economy overcome stagnation.
EghtesadOnline: Japan's government upgraded its overall assessment of the economy on Wednesday, echoing the Bank of Japan's more upbeat view, in a sign the economy may be steadying.
EghtesadOnline: The Bank of Japan is likely to keep monetary policy steady and give a more upbeat view of the economy on Tuesday, reinforcing market expectations that its future policy direction could be an increase - not a cut - in interest rates.
EghtesadOnline: Japan is set to compile a third supplementary budget worth about $1.7 billion for this fiscal year to March, featuring disaster reconstruction and military spending to cope with North Korea's missile launches, government sources involved in the budget process said on Thursday.
EghtesadOnline: Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Monday the economy is sustaining momentum towards hitting the central bank's 2 percent inflation target but risks are tilted to the downside due to uncertainty over the global economy.