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Japan, South Korea raise stakes in dispute over forced labor

10 Jul 2019

TOKYO/SEOUL Japan and South Korea raised the stakes on Tuesday in a dispute that threatens to disrupt global supplies of smartphones and chips, with South Korea denouncing Japanese reports it had transferred a sensitive chemical to North Korea.

Japan rebuffs Seoul's calls to scrap export curbs

10 Jul 2019

TOKYO/SEOUL Japan pushed back on Tuesday against calls from South Korea to scrap curbs on some high-tech exports, ratcheting up tension in a decades-old diplomatic dispute that threatens to disrupt the global supply of memory chips and smartphones.

CORRECTED-UPDATE 2-Japan rebuffs Seoul's calls to scrap export curbs

10 Jul 2019

TOKYO/SEOUL, July 9 Japan pushed back on Tuesday against calls from South Korea to scrap curbs on some high-tech exports, ratcheting up tension in a decades-old diplomatic dispute that threatens to disrupt the global supply of memory chips and smartphones.

Japan says to implement flexible policy if economic risks materialize

11 Jun 2019

TOKYO Japan's government is set to raise the sales tax as planned in October, while it stands ready to take flexible macroeconomic policy steps in case risks to the economy materialize, a mid-year policy roadmap released by the government said on Tuesday.

Japan's policy guidelines call for more stimulus next year: draft

04 Jun 2019

TOKYO Japan should deploy expansive fiscal stimulus "without hesitation" next year if overseas economies pose downside risks to growth, a draft of the government's annual economic policy roadmap seen by Reuters showed on Tuesday.

Japan business lobby urges sales tax hike to proceed as planned

30 May 2019

TOKYO The head of a Japanese business lobby said a planned sales tax hike should proceed in October to sustain the social security system for a rapidly ageing population, despite calls from elsewhere to postpone it given growing economic challenges.

Japan sees global growth risks persisting on trade war, China slowdown

08 Mar 2019

TOKYO Downside risks in the global economy are likely to persist over the medium to long term, pressured by the Sino-U.S. trade war and a slowdown in China, Japan's top financial diplomat said.

Japan government to forecast bullish CPI, GDP growth in FY2019

06 Jul 2018

TOKYO Japan's government is set to forecast overall consumer price growth of 1.5 percent in the fiscal year that starts in April 2019, a draft document obtained by Reuters showed on Friday, indicating some progress toward an end to deflation.

Japan to set interim fiscal target to balance budget in FY2025 - Nikkei

23 May 2018

TOKYO Japan's government will push back its time frame for achieving a balanced budget by five years to fiscal 2025 but set an interim target to review progress in getting the country's fiscal house in order, the Nikkei newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Japan's Finance Ministry to admit altering land-sale documents - source

10 Mar 2018

TOKYO Japan's Finance Ministry will admit altering documents involved in a controversial sale of state-owned land, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said on Saturday, raising the heat on the finance minister and threatening to erode Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's popularity.

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