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Japan should raise sales tax above 10 percent to fund welfare costs - Reuters poll

14 Dec 2018

TOKYO Japan should raise its sales tax above the planned 10 percent to cope with increased social welfare costs as the population ages and declines, most economists in a Reuters poll said, with some recommending it should be over 20 percent.

BOJ tankan to show big manufacturers' mood down for fourth straight quarter

07 Dec 2018

TOKYO Japanese big manufacturers' business confidence likely worsened for a fourth straight quarter in the three months to December, a Reuters poll showed on Friday, hit by uncertainties over the global economy and the China-U.S. trade conflict.

Japan household spending unexpectedly falls, casts doubt over fourth quarter recovery

07 Dec 2018

TOKYO Japan's household spending unexpectedly fell in October and real wages slipped for a third straight month, adding to concerns about the strength of the economy as global trade frictions cloud export prospects.

Japan's third quarter economic contraction seen deepening as businesses cut spending

05 Dec 2018

TOKYO Japan's economy is expected to have contracted more sharply than initially estimated in the third quarter, with analysts in a Reuters poll forecasting a steep drop in capital spending in a sign of rising headwinds in 2019 as global demand ebbs.

Macron and Abe seek to avert Renault-Nissan row

01 Dec 2018

TOKYO/PARIS France and Japan's leaders met for bilateral talks to avert a diplomatic row over the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance on Friday following the surprise arrest of its Chairman Carlos Ghosn in Japan. | Video

Hold the phone - Cheaper mobile charges to complicate BOJ's inflation push

22 Nov 2018

TOKYO Japan's central bank is facing fresh challenges as it struggles to hit its ambitious inflation target, with planned cuts in mobile phone charges and education fees expected to weigh on consumer prices in coming years.

Japan's economy faces rising risks from U.S.-China trade war: Reuters poll

13 Nov 2018

TOKYO Japan's economy, which likely shrank in the third quarter, is set to grow more slowly in the coming year than previously thought, according to a Reuters poll of economists who cited the U.S.-China trade war as the biggest threat.

Japan third-quarter GDP seen shrinking on natural disasters, overseas economic slowdown: Reuters poll

06 Nov 2018

TOKYO Japan's economy was expected to shrink in the third quarter after natural disasters disrupted production and a slowdown in overseas demand undermined exports, a Reuters poll found on Tuesday.

Ageing Japan - Unclaimed burial urns pile up in Japan amid fraying social ties

22 Oct 2018

YOKOSUKA, Japan Unclaimed urns containing ashes of the dead are piling up by the thousands across Japan, creating storage headaches and reflecting fraying family ties and economic pressures in a rapidly ageing nation. | Video

Ageing Japan: Unclaimed burial urns pile up in Japan amid fraying social ties

19 Oct 2018

YOKOSUKA, Japan Unclaimed urns containing ashes of the dead are piling up by the thousands across Japan, creating storage headaches and reflecting fraying family ties and economic pressures in a rapidly ageing nation.

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