With the sales tax hike jacking up the cost of spending, Japanese are consuming less, says Robert Medd, partner at GMT Research. He also discusses the possibility of a wage hike in March.» Read More
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Japan's ruling coalition has approved a tax reform plan that will cut the corporate tax rate from April, pledging further reductions in coming years.
Japan's financial regulator has begun testing regional banks to determine how much their earnings would suffer if long-term interest rates remain low.
Major Japanese firms plan to return their excess cash to shareholders, spurning Abe's call for employers to lift salaries.
Japan approved $29 billion of stimulus spending to help lagging regions and households, but analysts are skeptical of how much of a growth boost it will offer.
The Japanese spent more than they saved in the 12 months ended March 2014, the first time that's happened since the data set began in 1955.
Japan's industrial output posted a surprise drop in November, while inflation slowed, offering fresh signs efforts to kickstart the economy face headwinds.
BOJ board members made a rare call on the government to restore Japan's tattered finances a month after expanding monetary stimulus, November meeting minutes show.
Japan Prime Minister Abe is set to launch a new government with a defense minister whose support for a stronger pre-emptive strike capability may rile China.
Alvin Liew, Senior Economist at UOB, says the BOJ was unlikely to do more after massive stimulus in October. He later discusses possible actions that the central bank could take next year.
Takuji Okubo, Principal and Chief Economist at Japan Macro Advisors, explains why he agrees with the Bank of Japan's optimistic economic outlook.
The Bank of Japan kept its monetary policy steady, as had been expected, but it raised its economic assessment, citing signs of a pickup in exports.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's re-election Sunday will have little impact on Japan's stalled economic reforms.
There was no "rational" reason for calling elections in Japan, according to Seijiro Takeshita, director at Mizuho International, adding that a rise in corporate spending will be key for the country's economy.
Atsushi Nakajima, Chairman of Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry, says the first-quarter outlook for big manufacturers is "too cautious" amid favorable factors like a weak yen and drop in fuel prices.
Andrew Colquhoun, Head of Asia-Pacific Sovereigns at Fitch Ratings, says the justification to delay the sales tax hike was an "eyebrow raiser" and discusses the possibility of downgrading Japan's credit rating next year.
Japan Prime Minister Abe's election gamble is expected to end in a respectable, if not landslide, victory, but some are concerned the bid may fail.
Japan’s “A-plus” credit rating is under threat, after Fitch Ratings placed the country’s debt on negative watch on Tuesday.
Jesper Koll, MD & Head of Japanese Equity Research at JP Morgan, says the Bank of Japan's bazooka and Abe's tax hike delay will boost the economy going forward.
Vasu Menon, Vice President of Wealth Management at OCBC, says the Chinese government may lower its growth forecast to 7 percent next year.