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Japan November service sector mood recovers slightly from storm, tax hit

09 Dec 2019

TOKYO Japan's service sector sentiment improved slightly in November, recovering from a multi-year low hit in the previous month when a sales tax hike and a huge typhoon hit business morale.

Japan's households tighten purse strings as sales tax, typhoon hit

06 Dec 2019

TOKYO Japanese households cut their spending for the first time in almost a year in October as a sales tax hike prompted consumers to rein in expenses and natural disasters disrupted business.

BOJ tankan likely to show big manufacturers' mood slumping to near seven-year low - Reuters poll

06 Dec 2019

TOKYO Confidence at big manufacturers in Japan in the three months to December likely worsened to its lowest in nearly seven years, a Reuters poll showed on Friday, as the U.S.-China trade war, a sales tax hike and a huge typhoon knocked the economy.

Japan lower house passes U.S. trade deal; auto tariffs still in question

19 Nov 2019

TOKYO Japan's lower house of parliament approved on Tuesday a limited trade deal Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed with the United States, clearing the way for tariff cuts next year on items including U.S. farm goods and Japanese machine tools.

Japan lower house passes U.S. trade deal; auto tariffs still in question

19 Nov 2019

TOKYO, Nov 19 Japan's lower house of parliament approved on Tuesday a limited trade deal Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed with the United States, clearing the way for tariff cuts next year on items including U.S. farm goods and Japanese machine tools.

Japan may slide toward recession as 'Abenomics' impact fades

15 Nov 2019

TOKYO Shinzo Abe may be about to become Japan's longest-serving prime minister, but he also looks set to lead the world's third-largest economy into a downturn, with little sign that his much-vaunted "Abenomics" stimulus policies will help turn things around.

Views shift sharply on whether BOJ's next move will be easing or tapering - Reuters poll

13 Nov 2019

TOKYO Economists are largely split on the Bank of Japan's next move, according to a Reuters poll, with a growing number saying the central bank would unwind stimulus as its next course of action.

Japan's Sept. household spending rises at fastest pace on record

08 Nov 2019

TOKYO Japan's household spending rose at the fastest pace on record in September as consumers rushed to buy goods before a sales tax hike, though the test for the economy will be whether the higher levy will squeeze domestic demand in coming months.

Japan's September jobless rate edges up from near three-decade low

01 Nov 2019

TOKYO Japan's September jobless rate climbed from near 30-year lows and job availability slipped, government data showed on Friday, suggesting the nation's tightest jobs market in decades may be reaching its peak.

Japanese fans suffer 'rugby loss' grief after team exits World Cup

24 Oct 2019

TOKYO Japanese captivated by their Brave Blossoms rugby team's historic run to the World Cup quarter finals are now suffering a new form of bereavement - "rugby loss" - after their home team was bundled out of the tournament by South Africa. | Video

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