TOKYO Japan's core consumer inflation slowed to near 2-1/2-year lows in September, dragged down by sliding energy prices and raising the chance the central bank will top up its already massive monetary stimulus at its review this month.
TOKYO The Bank of Japan on Tuesday raised its assessment for one of the country's nine regions and stuck to its sanguine view on the rest, though frail factory production and exports suggested pressure for more stimulus is unlikely to ease anytime soon.
TOKYO Japanese companies overwhelmingly think the nation's longest postwar expansion is peaking, with two-thirds expecting a tax hike imposed this month by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to hurt the economy, a Reuters poll showed on Friday.
TOKYO - Japanese manufacturers' business outlook was less pessimistic in October while service-sector sentiment rose to a three-month high, the Reuters Tankan poll found, likely easing fears for now of the world's third-largest economy falling into a recession.
TOKYO Japan will tighten reporting requirements for foreign investment in industries related to national security, officials said on Tuesday, reflecting broad concern that China could gain access to key technology and confidential information.
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.
MATSUE, Japan A Bank of Japan board member with a casting vote on policy decisions said the central bank must consider "preventive steps" against economic risks, a sign its nine-member board may be tilting toward further easing as global pressures intensify.
TOKYO Japan rolled out a twice-delayed increase in the sales tax to 10% from 8% on Tuesday, a move that is seen as critical for fixing the country's tattered finances but that could tip the economy into recession by dampening consumer sentiment. | Video