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Japan machinery orders hit by worst-ever slump in Sept, raise capex doubts

08 Nov 2018

TOKYO Japan's core machinery orders tumbled by the most on record in September after a severe earthquake and typhoons disrupted business activity, with economists now also worried about a fall in overseas orders.

Japan to consider easing M&A rules as regional banks struggle

07 Nov 2018

TOKYO Japan's government has kicked off debate on changing antitrust rules to make it easier for regional banks to merge, as they struggle to generate profits due a declining population and a limited number of corporate borrowers.

Japan household spending falls in September, confounds expectations

06 Nov 2018

TOKYO Japan's household spending slumped in September from a year earlier, government data showed on Tuesday, falling well short of economists' expectations and suggesting a slow recovery after an earthquake and typhoons hit consumption.

Japan invests in service industry, reshaping its legendary hospitality

05 Nov 2018

TOKYO Japan's capital expenditure boom is shifting to the services sector, stirring fears that self-checkout systems and software will take the human touch out of omotenashi, the country's vaunted commitment to hospitality.

Japan's inflation headwinds grow as mobile carriers eye fee cuts

01 Nov 2018

TOKYO Japan's efforts to hit its elusive inflation target have been hampered by slow wage growth and intensifying global trade frictions but are now also facing headwinds from plans by the country's biggest mobile phone carrier to cut fees.

Japan October industrial output falls as trade friction weighs

31 Oct 2018

TOKYO Japan's industrial output fell more than expected in September as a series of typhoons and earthquakes disrupted production and a trade war between the United States and China weighed on exports, clouding the country's economic outlook. | Video

BOJ holds fire, flags risks to growth, financial system

31 Oct 2018

TOKYO The Bank of Japan kept monetary policy steady on Wednesday and slightly trimmed its inflation forecasts as global trade frictions clouded the economic outlook, reinforcing views the central bank is in no rush to trim its massive stimulus.

Japan says U.S. has not raised FX manipulation in trade talks

16 Oct 2018

TOKYO The U.S. government had not spoken to Japan about including provisions in free trade agreements to deter currency manipulation, Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said on Tuesday, although the two sides are likely to enter talks sometime next year.

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