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Tetsushi Kajimoto

Japan finance minister shrugs off calls for big stimulus spending on pandemic

16 Oct 2020

TOKYO Japan's finance minister on Friday brushed aside some ruling party lawmakers' calls for a big extra stimulus budget, saying the situation was different from earlier this year when massive fiscal support was needed amid a state of emergency.

Japan firms fall woefully short of meeting government goals on women in management: Reuters poll

14 Oct 2020

TOKYO About one-fifth of Japanese companies have no female managers and most say women account for less than 10% of management, a Reuters monthly poll found, highlighting the struggle for the government's "womenomics" drive to make headway.

Kuroda says BOJ has no immediate plan to issue digital currency

13 Oct 2020

TOKYO Japan has no immediate plan to issue central bank digital currency (CBDC), Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Tuesday ,as financial leaders from the Group of Seven (G7) advanced economies shared a common view on digital payments.

Japan's household spending, real wages extend COVID-driven declines

09 Oct 2020

TOKYO Japan's household spending fell for an 11th straight month in August and real wages marked half a year of declines, as consumers struggled to return to their pre-pandemic purchasing habits.

With Suga's full-court press, optimism grows that Tokyo will hold Games

08 Oct 2020

TOKYO Aggressive lobbying by Japanese premier Yoshihide Suga has bolstered expectations within the government that the Olympic Games will go ahead next year, multiple insiders said, marking a sharp turnaround from just a few months ago.

Japan budget requests hit record of $997 billion, fuelled by pandemic spending

07 Oct 2020

TOKYO Japan's ministries have asked for a record $997 billion in initial budget for the next fiscal year, the finance ministry said, as Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's new government juggles the need to rein in the pandemic and revive the economy.

Japan business sentiment perks up as hit from pandemic begins to ease

01 Oct 2020

TOKYO Japanese business sentiment improved in July-September from a 11-year low hit three months ago, a key central bank survey showed, in a sign the economy is gradually emerging from the devastating hit from the coronavirus pandemic.

Ally of Japan PM urges more fiscal, monetary stimulus to boost virus-hit economy

30 Sep 2020

TOKYO Japan should keep selling government bonds to the central bank to pay for the cost of reflating the economy out of a pandemic-induced slump, an academic close to new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said.

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