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Japan seen hiking sales tax to 10 percent in October, fourth-quarter GDP to contract: Reuters poll

12 Apr 2019

TOKYO Japan will forge ahead with a planned sales tax hike to 10 percent in October, likely knocking the economy into contraction in the fourth quarter, a Reuters poll showed.

Japan policymakers shun 'Modern Monetary Theory' as dangerous

04 Apr 2019

TOKYO Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso on Thursday said using government spending as a primary policy tool to boost employment and spur inflation, an idea backed by some U.S. academics, would backfire on the world's third-biggest economy given its huge debt pile.

Japan policymakers shun 'Modern Monetary Theory' as dangerous

04 Apr 2019

TOKYO Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso on Thursday said using government spending as a primary policy tool to boost employment and spur inflation, an idea backed by some U.S. academics, would backfire on the world's third-biggest economy given its huge debt pile.

'Abenomics' architect predicts Japan to go ahead with sales tax hike

26 Mar 2019

TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will likely proceed with a scheduled sales tax hike in October even though slowing global demand and soft wage growth could weigh on the economy, one of the architects of the premier's stimulus policies said.

BOJ's ultra-easy policy gets mixed marks; some urge more flexibility - Reuters poll

14 Mar 2019

TOKYO Economists gave mixed marks to the Bank of Japan's six-year, super-loose monetary policy under Governor Haruhiko Kuroda, with ratings split among "good," "satisfactory" and "improvement needed," a Reuters poll showed.

Japan PM Abe's adviser says BOJ can shelve its price goal

25 Feb 2019

TOKYO The Bank of Japan can abandon its 2 percent inflation target or suspend efforts to achieve it once the job market is tight enough because the public is better off having prices fall, not rise, an economic adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said.

Japanese space probe touches down on asteroid to collect samples

22 Feb 2019

TOKYO A Japanese space probe named after a falcon, Hayabusa 2, has touched down on an asteroid more than 300 million km (186 million miles) from Earth on a mission to seek clues about the origins of life, Japan's space agency said on Friday. | Video

BOJ may ease further, say small but growing number of economists - Reuters Poll

21 Feb 2019

TOKYO The Bank of Japan's next move will be to loosen its already super-easy monetary policy, a small but growing contingent of economists say, amid risks of a slowdown and scepticism inflation will hit the central bank's target.

Japan recession risk rises on U.S.-China trade war, global slowdown: Reuters poll

21 Jan 2019

TOKYO Chances that Japan will slide into a recession this coming fiscal year have grown over the past three months, a Reuters poll of economists found, pressured by a global economic slowdown and U.S.-China trade friction.

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.

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