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Jan 17, 2015

Japan, U.S. target reaching broad TPP agreement at March meet

Japan and the United States have agreed that 12 countries discussing a Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal should hold a ministerial meeting in the first half of March to reach a broad agreement, informed sources said on Friday. Officials from Japan and the United ...

Jan 16, 2015

IMF chief warns of Japan, eurozone slowdowns, terror risks

International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde warned Thursday of an economic slowdown in Japan and the eurozone and increased geopolitical risks to the global economy linked to the recent terrorism incidents in Paris. “Despite the boost from (cheaper) oil prices and despite stronger ...

Jan 15, 2015

Wholesale prices rose for second consecutive year in 2014

Wholesale prices grew for the second straight year in 2014 on higher energy and raw material costs, but the pace slowed significantly in December amid the sharp fall in crude oil prices, the Bank of Japan said Thursday in a preliminary report. The central ...

Machinery orders logged weak 1.3% gain in November

Jan 15, 2015

Machinery orders logged weak 1.3% gain in November

Core machinery orders edged up 1.3 percent from a month earlier to ¥788.0 billion in November, the government said Thursday, a weak figure that suggests companies are reluctant to boost investment as the yen sinks and import costs rise, and one that caused it ...

Cabinet OKs record budget for 2015

Jan 14, 2015

Cabinet OKs record budget for 2015

The draft ¥96.34 trillion general account budget aims to balance Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s twin goals of fiscal rehabilitation and economic growth for the coming fiscal year.

Jan 13, 2015

BOJ may raise its fiscal 2015 growth projection

The Bank of Japan is considering raising its projection for the country’s economic growth for fiscal 2015, taking into account the postponement of an additional consumption tax hike and the favorable impact of falling oil prices, informed sources said Tuesday. The BOJ is scheduled ...

Jan 13, 2015

Tax hike may have lowered private spending by ¥1 trillion

Last April’s consumption tax hike is estimated to have pushed down private spending by nearly ¥1 trillion for the six months through September, the Cabinet Office said in an annual economic report released Tuesday. The downturn in private spending, which accounts for more than ...

Jan 13, 2015

Japan posts fifth straight current account surplus in November

Japan posted a current account surplus for the fifth consecutive month in November as a weaker yen helped boost repatriated returns on foreign investment, official data showed on Tuesday. The surplus was ¥433.0 billion for the month, reversing a deficit of ¥596.9 billion a ...