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  1. Business - Economy

    Strong labour market drives spending as Japan's consumers rush to beat rise in sales tax

    Posted Oct 29th 2013, 11:36am by Reuters

    ... the economy around a top priority of his government. As part of the plan, the Bank of Japan radically expanded its quantitative easing in April to try to meet a goal of 2 per cent inflation in two ... Reuters in Tokyo Consumer spending in Japan jumped last month as shoppers front-loaded purchases before a sales tax increase next year, a boost to government efforts to spark demand ...

  2. Business - Economy - TRADE

    Strong exports lift hopes for Japan's economy

    Posted Jun 19th 2013, 10:17am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Tokyo Trade deficit is expected to shrink as a weak yen helps boost shipments by 10 per cent in May Strong exports lift hopes for Japan's economy Japan's exports rose last month at the fastest annual rate in more than two years, boding well for the economy as a weak yen and a moderate pick-up in global demand add to the country's stimulus policies. ...

  3. News - China Insider - DIAOYU DISPUTE

    Japan’s armed forces prepare for handling prisoners of war in potential conflict: report

    Posted Jun 20th 2014, 12:07pm by Patrick Boehler

    ... third-largest economy’s pacifist constitution, which bars its armed forces from engaging in conflict overseas. Article 9 of Japan’s constitution in its current version renounces war as a means ... in a territorial dispute in the East China Sea. Japan’s Ministry of Defence has asked the nation’s land, air and navy forces to prepare for the incarceration- or the joint retrieval, housing and putting ...

  4. Business - Economy

    Japan’s economy recovering ‘steadily’, says economics minister

    Posted Jun 07th 2013, 03:37pm by Reuters in Tokyo

    ... Reuters in Tokyo Japan’s Economics Minister Akira Amari said on Friday that the recent volatility in currency and stock markets is driven by external factors. “What’s important is the fact that Japan’s economy is steadily recovering,” Amari told a news conference after a cabinet meeting. “We will finalise a growth strategy shortly... and steadily proceed with implementation,” he said. ...

  5. Business - Economy - COMMENT

    Abe's plan to revive Japan's economy slams into reality

    Posted Jun 03rd 2013, 12:00am by Bloomberg

    ... William Pesek Amid the mass bond buying and a weaker yen, markets are doubting the pillars of 'Abenomics' Abe's grand plan to revive economy slams into reality Is the Bank of Japan creating the biggest pyramid scheme in history? In recent weeks, Haruhiko Kuroda has been the toast of the financial world, winning plaudits from Nobel laureates Paul Krugman and Joseph ...

  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese PM to announce new growth plans

    Posted May 17th 2013, 03:46pm by Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Japan’s premier will on Friday unveil the next stage of his plan to reboot the economy, reports said, as he seeks to capitalise on the feel-good mood ... around years of deflation in the world’s third-largest economy. The first two “arrows”- a colossal government spending plan and aggressive monetary easing- have fuelled optimism in an economy ...

  7. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Candidates make final appeal in Japan election

    Posted Jul 20th 2013, 05:00pm by Associated Press in Tokyo

    ... making it easier to pass legislation at a time when Japan faces huge structural challenges, including a rapidly graying population and bulging national debt. Reviving the long-stagnant economy ... economy, strategic diplomacy and unshakable national security under the Japan-US alliance, which allows for 50,000 American troops to be stationed in Japan. That message has resonated with some ...

  8. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    Abe's economic reforms seen as falling short in Japan growth push

    Posted Jun 25th 2014, 02:37am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Tokyo Abe's reforms seen as falling short in growth push Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has unveiled a package of measures aimed at boosting Japan's long-term economic ... economists in a survey forecast that the plan could boost Japan's potential growth rate by 0.2 to 1.5 percentage points from its current level of about 0.5 per cent. But they noted that it would ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    North Korea and Japan find common cause for cooperation: China

    Posted Jun 18th 2014, 12:36pm by Donald Kirk

    ... Donald Kirk Donald Kirk considers the unexpected talks between two unlikely allies North Korea and Japan find a common threat in China's rise The adage "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" assumes special significance in ongoing talks between Japan and North Korea. Who would imagine these two- the former a powerful anti-communist state driven by capitalism, ...

  10. Business - Economy - COMMENT

    Profitable Japan trade going into reverse as investors grow wary of Abenomics

    Posted Mar 31st 2014, 01:37pm by Cathy Holcombe

    ... Cathy Holcombe We need to keep a close eye on Japan's stimulus, which appears to be running out of steam Why HK should care about the fate of Abenomics There are three reasons people in Hong Kong should care about the apparent crumbling of last year's best investment bet- Japan. One is that local investors snapped up Japan funds with abandon last year, and smartly so: ...




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