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Two-thirds of economists see BOJ easing in October; deeper negative rates in focus: Reuters poll

16 Oct 2019

TOKYO The Bank of Japan is laying the groundwork for deepening negative interest rates, analysts polled by Reuters said, with two-thirds of respondents expecting the central bank to loosen monetary policy this month.

Japanese storm shelter faces outrage after turning away two homeless

15 Oct 2019

TOKYO A Japanese evacuation centre turned away two homeless people as a deadly typhoon approached on the weekend, prompting widespread criticism and a promise from the prime minister on Tuesday that it would not happen again.

Japanese storm shelter faces outrage after turning away two homeless

15 Oct 2019

TOKYO A Japanese evacuation centre turned away two homeless people as a deadly typhoon approached on the weekend, prompting widespread criticism and a promise from the prime minister on Tuesday that it would not happen again.

Japan's household spending rises for ninth month, outlook still fragile

08 Oct 2019

TOKYO Japan's household spending rose for the ninth straight month in August, offering some relief for the export-dependent economy amid the U.S.-China trade war, but a fall in wages points to further strains on consumers after a sales tax hike this month.

Key Japan economic index falls, government changes view to 'worsening'

07 Oct 2019

TOKYO A key Japanese economic index fell in August and the government on Monday downgraded its view to "worsening", indicating the export-reliant economy might face slipping into recession.

Japan's PM says ready to step up economic support as risks to growth rise

04 Oct 2019

TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged on Friday to deliver "all possible steps" if risks to the economy intensified, signaling a fiscal-stimulus boost in the event this month's sales tax hike triggers a sharp downturn in growth.

Japan's Abe pledges economic support steps if risks intensify

04 Oct 2019

TOKYO, Oct 4 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Friday the government was ready to take "all possible steps" if risks to the economy intensified, signalling a fiscal-stimulus boost in the event this month's sales tax hike triggers a sharp downturn in growth.

BOJ tankan likely to show big manufacturers' mood at 6-1/2-year low: Reuters poll

27 Sep 2019

TOKYO Japanese big manufacturers' confidence likely hit a 6-1/2 year low in the September quarter, a Reuters poll found, as the U.S.-China trade war and weakening global demand hit the business mood.

Inflation by stealth: how Japan's firms fight the frugal retail psyche

27 Sep 2019

TOKYO After years of soggy inflation and the long reign of Japan's tight-fisted shoppers, businesses in the world's third-largest economy are adopting new methods to lift prices, from artificial intelligence to simple packaging tweaks.

For U.S. beef exporters, Japan trade deal levels playing field but sales surge unlikely

26 Sep 2019

TOKYO/CHICAGO U.S. beef exporters, unhappy after President Donald Trump pulled out of a multilateral trade pact in 2017, stand to sell more meat in Japan after the two sides cut a deal to slice into tariffs.

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