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Thursday November 27 2014
Japan's Jobless Rate Falls to 3.5% in October  
Japan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 3.5 percent in October from 3.6 percent the month before and the availability of jobs edged higher.
Friday November 28 2014
Japan Annual Inflation Rate Eases Further in October  
The consumer price index for Japan in October 2014 was 103.6 (2010=100), down 0.3% from the previous month, and up 2.9% over the year.
Thursday November 20 2014
Japan Trade Gap Narrows in October  
Japanese trade deficit declined to ¥710 Billion in October of 2014 from ¥1100 Billion a year earlier, the lowest since June 2013. While exports rose at the fastest pace since February, imports growth slowed to 2.7 percent.
Wednesday November 19 2014
BoJ Leaves Monetary Policy Unchanged  
The Bank of Japan decided by 8-1 vote to keep buying enough government bonds to boost monetary base at an annual pace of about 80 trillion yen at its November meeting, saying the economy is recovering moderately though some weaknesses remained.
Tuesday November 18 2014
Abe Delays Tax Rise and Calls Election  
Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe has called a parliamentary elections, as he seeks a new mandate to delay a second increase in consumption taxes.
Monday November 17 2014
Japan GDP Unexpectedly Shrinks in Q3  
Japanese economy shrank 0.4 percent from July to September, after a 1.9 percent contraction in the previous quarter. Rise in public demand and net exports were not enough to offset a decline in private demand.
Friday October 31 2014
Bank of Japan Expands Stimulus  
Japan’s central bank decided to launch another round of quantitative easing at its October meeting. The Bank raised its monetary base target by an additional 10-20 trillion yen and said it will make extra asset purchases. The move was quite unexpected and aims to fight deflation.
Thursday October 30 2014
Japan's Unemployment Rate Rises to 3.6%  
Japan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 3.6 percent in September from 3.5 percent the month before and the availability of jobs fell for the first time in more than three years.
Thursday October 30 2014
Japan Annual Inflation Rate at 6-Month Low in September  
The consumer price index for Japan in September 2014 was 103.9 (2010=100), up 0.2 percent from the previous month, and up 3.2 percent over the year.
Wednesday October 22 2014
Japan Trade Deficit Widens in September  
Japanese trade gap increased slightly to ¥958.3 billion in September of 2014 from ¥943.2 billion a year earlier, the first rise in three months. While exports reported the highest annual gain in seven months, imports grew 6.2 percent.
Tuesday October 07 2014
Japan Keeps Monetary Policy Unchanged  
At its October meeting, the Bank of Japan maintained its pledge to increase the monetary base at an annual pace of 60-70 trillion yen. The central bank said it expects the trend of moderate recovery to continue, while citing some weakness on the production side, housing investment and business sentiment amid resilient private consumption and improving employment and income situation.
Tuesday September 30 2014
Japan Jobless Rate Down in August  
Japan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 3.5 percent in August from 3.8 percent the month before, and below market forecasts.
Friday September 26 2014
Japan Inflation Rate Eases in August  
The consumer price index for Japan in August of 2014 was 103.6 (2010=100), up 0.2 percent from the previous month, and up 3.3 percent over the year. In July, the annual price index was recorded at 3.4 percent
Thursday September 18 2014
Japan Trade Gap Narrows in August  
Japanese trade deficit decreased to ¥948.5 billion in August of 2014 from ¥971.4 billion in the same month a year earlier as imports fell a bit faster than exports.
Monday September 08 2014
Japan GDP Shrinks More Than Expected  
The Japanese economy contracted 1.8 percent in the April to June period on a quarter-on-quarter basis, according to the second estimate. The new figure comes below a preliminary estimate of a 1.7 percent contraction, as a sales tax hike in April took a heavy toll on household spending while business investment fell more than double the first estimate.
Thursday September 04 2014
Japan Leaves Stimulus Program Unchanged  
At its September meeting, the Bank of Japan kept its pledge to increase the monetary base at an annual pace of 60-70 trillion yen. The central bank said it expects the trend of moderate recovery to continue, while citing some weakness in housing investment, industrial production and exports.
Friday August 29 2014
Japan Unemployment Rate Rises Slightly in July  
Japan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 3.8 percent in July from 3.7 percent the month before.
Friday August 29 2014
Japan Inflation Rate Rises 3.4% in July  
The consumer price index for Japan in July 2014 was 103.4 (2010=100), the same level as the previous month, and up 3.4% over the year.
Wednesday August 20 2014
Japanese Trade Gap Shrinks in July  
Japanese trade deficit narrowed to ¥964 billion in July of 2014 from ¥1932 billion reported in the same month a year earlier as exports grew faster than imports.
Wednesday August 13 2014
Japan GDP Shrinks 1.7% in Q2  
Japanese economy contracted 1.7 percent from April to June on a quarter-on-quarter basis after a revised 1.5 percent expansion in the first quarter. As expected, sales tax hike in April took a heavy toll on household spending.
Friday August 08 2014
Japan Maintains Monetary Policy Unchanged  
On August 8th, the Bank of Japan decided to hold on with expanding its vast stimulus programme, saying the Japanese economy continued to recover in spite of decline in exports growth.
Tuesday July 29 2014
Japan Unemployment Rate Rises in June  
Japan’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate increased to 3.7 percent in June from 3.5 percent in the previous month, as more people were looking for a job. The jobs-to-applicants ratio rose to 1.1 percent, the highest rate in twenty-two years.
Friday July 25 2014
Japan Inflation Rate Slows in June  
Japan's annual inflation rate declined to 3.6 percent in June of 2014 from 3.7 percent in May, slightly easing the effect of sales tax hike in April.
Thursday July 24 2014
Japan Trade Deficit Narrows in June  
Japanese trade gap decreased to ¥822.2 billion in June of 2014 from a ¥908.9 billion shortfall in the previous month as imports continue to be high and export growth remains slow.
Tuesday July 15 2014
BoJ Stands Pat on Monetary Policy, Cuts Growth Outlook  
On July 15th, the Bank of Japan decided unanimously to continue increasing monetary base at an annual pace of ¥60 trillion to ¥70 trillion and lowered growth outlook for the fiscal year of 2014 to 1 percent.
Friday June 27 2014
Japan Inflation Hits New 23-Year High  
The nationwide annual inflation rate accelerated to 3.7 percent in May from 3.4 percent in April, as the effects of a sales tax increase continues to push consumer prices up. However, prices in Tokyo fell 0.2 percent from May to June, suggesting that national inflation will probably slowdown in the coming months.
Friday June 27 2014
Japan's Unemployment Down to 17-Year Low  
Japan's seasonally adjusted jobless rate edged down to 3.5 percent in May from 3.6 percent in the previous three months. It is the lowest level since December of 1997.
Wednesday June 18 2014
Japan Trade Deficit Widens in May on Falling Exports  
The Japanese trade gap increased to ¥908.9 billion in May of 2014 from a revised ¥811.7 billion shortfall in the previous month, as exports fell more than imports, hurt by weak demand from Asia and the United States.
Friday June 13 2014
Bank of Japan Keeps Monetary Policy Unchanged  
On June 13th, the Bank of Japan decided unanimously to continue increasing monetary base at an annual pace of ¥60 trillion to ¥70 trillion and raised its assessment on overseas economies.
Monday June 09 2014
Japan GDP Grows More Than Expected  
The Japanese economy advanced 1.6 percent quarter-on-quarter in the first three months of 2014, up from a preliminary 1.5 percent expansion, due to a surge in capital spending.
Friday May 30 2014
Japan Unemployment Rate Unchanged in April  
Japan's seasonally adjusted jobless rate held steady at 3.6 percent in April, unchanged from the previous two months.
Friday May 30 2014
Japan Inflation Rate Accelerates to 23-Year High  
The nationwide annual consumer prices surged 3.4 percent in April of 2014, the highest rate since 1991, following the sales tax increase at the beginning of that month.
Wednesday May 21 2014
BoJ Keeps Monetary Policy Unchanged  
At its May 21st, 2014 meeting, Bank of Japan kept its pledge to increase the monetary base at an annual pace of 60-70 trillion yen, as it considers the bond-buying programme has been exerting its intended effects.
Wednesday May 21 2014
Japan Trade Deficit Narrows in April  
Japan's trade gap dropped to ¥808.9 billion in April of 2014, down from a revised ¥1446 billion shortfall in the previous month as exports rose faster than expected and imports growth slowed.
Thursday May 15 2014
Japan GDP Growth Picks Up Sharply in Q1  
Japanese economy expanded 1.5 percent in the first three months of 2014, the fastest since third quarter of 2011, as consumer spending surged before April sales tax increase.
Friday May 02 2014
Japanese Unemployment Rate Stable at 3.6%  
In March of 2014, the seasonally adjusted jobless rate in Japan was unchanged at 3.6 percent, the lowest rate in more than six years.
Wednesday April 30 2014
Japan Leaves Monetary Policy Steady  
At its April 30th, 2014 meeting, the Bank of Japan decided to keep flooding the economy with new money at the same rate as it has been, despite tepid industrial production data and a recent sales tax rise, as the central bank considers it can grasp 2 percent inflation target by next year.
Friday April 25 2014
Tokyo Core CPI At 22- Year High in April  
Core consumer prices in Tokyo, a leading indicator of nationwide inflation, rose 2.7 percent in April from a year earlier, the fastest gain since 1992 as an increase in sales tax drove up cost of goods and services.
Monday April 21 2014
Japanese Trade Deficit Widens in March  
Japan’s trade gap increased to a wider-than-expected ¥ 1446.3 billion in March of 2014, up from a revised ¥ 802.5 billion deficit in the previous month and a ¥ 356.9 billion gap a year earlier, as energy imports continued to rise.
Tuesday April 08 2014
Bank of Japan Leaves Monetary Stimulus Unchanged  
At its April 8th, 2014 meeting, the Bank of Japan maintained its commitment to increase base money at an annual pace of 60 trillion to 70 trillion yen, as widely expected, despite a sales tax hike, saying the economy is recovering moderately.
Thursday March 27 2014
Japan Unemployment Rate Falls to 3.6% in February  
Japan's jobless rate declined to the lowest in more than six years in February and the availability of jobs improved to the highest in more than six years.
Thursday March 27 2014
Japan Annual Inflation Rate Up 1.5% in February  
The consumer price index for Japan in February 2014 was 100.7 (2010=100), the same level as the previous month, and up 1.5% over the year.
Wednesday March 19 2014
Japan Marks a Record 20-Month Run of Trade Deficits  
Japanese trade balance came to a deficit of ¥800.3 billion in February of 2014, narrower than a record gap of ¥2.8 trillion reported in January of 2014 but larger than a deficit of ¥781.3 billion reported in the same month of 2013.
Tuesday March 11 2014
BoJ Leaves Monetary Policy Unchanged  
Bank of Japan decided on March 11th to leave the monetary policy steady and keep buying enough government bonds to boost monetary base at an annual pace of about 60-70 trillion yen, saying the economy was picking up.
Monday March 10 2014
Japan GDP Growth Revised Down to 0.2% in Q4  
Japan's economy expanded 0.2 percent in the last three months of 2014 from the previous quarter, revised down from a preliminary 0.3 percent expansion due to slower growth in capital spending and private consumption.
Thursday February 27 2014
Japanese Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 3.7% in January  
Japan's jobless rate held steady at the lowest level in six years in January and the number of employed persons increased 0.5% to 62.62 million.
Friday February 28 2014
Japanese Inflation Rate Levells Off in January  
Japan's consumer price index increased 1.4 percent on a year in January, down from 1.6 percent reported a month earlier. The cost of energy, transportation and food increased the most while prices of housing and medical care decreased.
Thursday February 20 2014
Japan Reports Record Trade Deficit in January  
Japanese trade deficit widened to 2.79 trillion yen in January of 2014 from 1.6 trillion yen reported in the same month of 2013. Imports surged 25 percent while exports grew only 9.5 percent.
Tuesday February 18 2014
Bank of Japan Expands Loan Support Programme  
At its February 18th, 2014 meeting, the Bank of Japan decided to keep boosting the monetary base at an annual pace of about 60-70 trillion yen. The central bank also decided to extend two facilities that were set to expire in April, aiming to stimulate bank lending.
Monday February 17 2014
Japanese GDP Growth Dissapoints in Q4  
Japanese economy expanded 0.3 percent in the last three months of 2013, fourth straight quarter of growth but below market expectations.
Friday January 31 2014
Japan's Annual Inflation Rate Rises to 1.6% in December  
The consumer price index for Japan in December 2013 was 100.9 (2010=100), up 0.1% from the previous month, and up 1.6% over the year.
Thursday January 30 2014
Japan's Unemployment Rate Declines to 3.7% in December  
Japan's jobless rate fell to a six-year low of 3.7 percent in December and the availability of jobs improved to a six-year high, data from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications showed.
Monday January 27 2014
Japan Reports Record Annual Trade Deficit in 2013  
In 2013, Japan's trade deficit widened to 11.47 trillion yen from 6.94 trillion yen in the previous year as rising costs for imports outstripped growth in export . It was a third straight year of deficit and the longest since record began in 1979.
Wednesday January 22 2014
Bank of Japan Leaves Rates Unchanged  
Bank of Japan decided on January 22nd to leave monetary policy steady and keep buying enough government bonds to boost monetary base at an annual pace of about 60-70 trillion yen. The bank said prices were on track but there could be both upside and downside risks to price forecast that have not materialized.
Friday December 27 2013
Japan's Annual Inflation Rate Rises to Five Year High in November  
The consumer price index for Japan in November 2013 was 100.8(2010=100), up 1.5% over the year and the highest since October of 2008.
Thursday December 26 2013
Japan's Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 4% in November  
Japan's jobless rate remained unchanged in November at 4 percent and the number of employed increased by 1.2 percent from previous year, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications reported on December 26th.
Friday December 20 2013
Bank of Japan Leaves Stimulus Program Unchanged  
Bank of Japan decided on December 20th to keep its monetary policy unchanged, citing the economy has been recovering moderately. The bank will keep conducting money market operations so that the monetary base will increase at an annual pace of about 60-70 trillion yen as long as it is necessary to achieve the price stability target of 2 percent.
Wednesday December 18 2013
Japan's Trade Deficit Highest in Ten Months  
Japan's trade deficit widened to 1293 billion yen in October of 2013 from 957 billion reported in the same month of the previous year. Exports increased 18.4 percent on the year while imports grew 21.1 percent.
Monday December 09 2013
Japan's GDP Growth Revised Down to 0.3% in Q3  
Japan's economy expanded 0.3 percent in the third quarter of 2013 from the previous quarter, less than a preliminary estimate of 0.5 percent, government data showed on December 9th.
Thursday November 28 2013
Japan's Unemployment Rate Unchanged in October  
Japan's jobless rate remained unchanged in October at 4 percent and the number of employed increased by 0.7 percent from previous year, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications reported on November 28th.
Friday November 29 2013
Japan's Annual Inflation Rate Up 1.1% in October  
The consumer price index for Japan in October 2013 was 100.7(2010=100), up 0.1% from the previous month, and up 1.1% over the year. The speed up was mostly driven by high costs of oil imports.
Thursday November 21 2013
Bank of Japan Keeps Monetary Policy on Hold in November  
The Policy Board of the Bank of Japan decided on November 21st by a unanimous vote to keep conducting money market operations so that the monetary base will increase at an annual pace of about 60-70 trillion yen. The Bank said that will continue with quantitative and qualitative monetary easing as long as it is necessary to achieve the price stability target of 2 percent.
Wednesday November 20 2013
Japan's Trade Deficit Almost Doubles in October  
Japan's trade deficit widened to 1090 billion yen in October of 2013 from 5704 billion reported in the same month of the previous year. Gains in exports supported by a weak yen were not enough to offset increase in value of imports of fuels.
Thursday November 14 2013
Japan's Growth Slows to 0.5% in Q3  
Japanese economy grew 0.5 percent in the third quarter of 2013, down from 0.9 percent reported in the previous three months, as weaker consumer spending and drop in exports outweighed a strengthening in residential investment.
Thursday October 31 2013
Bank of Japan Keeps Monetary Policy Unchanged  
At the Monetary Policy Meeting held on October 31st, the Policy Board of the Bank of Japan decided to keep the monetary policy steady, as widely expected.
Tuesday October 29 2013
Japan's Unemployment Rate Down to 4% in September  
Japan's jobless rate fell slightly in September and the number of employed increased by 0.8 percent, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications reported on October 29th.
Friday October 25 2013
Japan's Annual Inflation Rate Up 1.1% in September  
Japan's consumer prices were up to 1.1 percent in September, the fourth straight month of gains and the fastest growth in four years. As in the previous month, the speed up was mostly driven by rising costs of oil imports.
Monday October 21 2013
Japanese Trade Deficit Widens Again in September  
In September, Japan's trade deficit increased to 932 billion yen from 568 billion in the same month of the previous year, reaching a record of 15 straight months on deficit. Exports increased 11.5 percent on the year while imports were up 16.5 percent.
Friday October 04 2013
Bank of Japan Keeps Policy on Hold in October  
At the Monetary Policy Meeting held on October 4th, the Policy Board of the Bank of Japan decided to maintain the monetary policy unchanged underlying the economy's moderate recovery. The monetary base will continue to increase at an annual pace of about 60-70 trillion yen.
Tuesday October 01 2013
Japanese Unemployment Rises to 4.1% in August  
In August, Japan's jobless rate increased 0.3 percentage points to 4.1 percent, the highest level since May. The number of unemployed persons was 2.71 million, a decrease of 60 thousand or 2.2 percent from the previous year. Youth unemployment was 6.9 percent.
Friday September 27 2013
Japanese Inflation Rate Rises Further in August  
In August, Japan's consumer prices were up to 0.9 percent, the third straight month of rises and the fastest increase since October of 2008. The speed up is broadly driven by rising costs of oil imports.
Thursday September 19 2013
Japanese Trade Deficit Widens in August  
In August, Japan's trade deficit increased to 960 billion yen, up from 768 billion in the same month of the previous year, reaching 14 straight months on deficit. Exports increased 14.7 percent on the year while imports were up 16.0 percent.
Monday September 09 2013
Japanese GDP Growth Revised Up to 0.9% in Q2  
Japan's GDP grew 0.9 percent in the second quarter compared to the previous three months, down from 1.0 percent in the first quarter. The growth rate was revised up from a preliminary 0.6 percent increase due to a marked improvement in capital expenditure.
Thursday September 05 2013
Bank of Japan Keeps Policy Unchanged in September  
At the Monetary Policy Meeting held on September 5th, the Policy Board of the Bank of Japan decided to maintain the monetary policy unchanged revising up its assessment of the economy. The monetary base will continue to increase at an annual pace of about 60-70 trillion yen.
Friday August 30 2013
Japanese Inflation Rate Rises to 5-Year High in July  
In July, Japan's consumer prices rose 0.7 percent, the fastest rise since November of 2008. The rise in inflation was largely due to an increase in fuel, light and transportation costs driven by weak yen that inflated the cost of gasoline imports.
Friday August 30 2013
Japanese Unemployment Rate Down to 3.8% in July  
In July, Japan's jobless rate fell 0.1 percentage points to 3.8 percent, the lowest level since October of 2008. The number of unemployed persons was 2.55 million, a decrease of 330 thousand or 11.5 percent from the previous year. Youth unemployment was 6.0 percent.
Monday August 19 2013
Japanese Trade Deficit Widens in July  
In July, Japan's trade deficit rose to 1024 billion yen, the third largest on record. Exports increased 12.2 percent on the year while imports surged 19.6 percent.
Monday August 12 2013
Japanese Economy Grows Slower Than Expected in Q2  
Japan's GDP grew 0.6 percent in the second quarter from the previous three months, marking the third straight quarter of expansion, but below market expectations.
Thursday August 08 2013
Bank of Japan Holds Monetary Policy Unchanged in August  
At the Monetary Policy Meeting held on August 8, the Policy Board of the Bank of Japan decided to maintain the current quantitative easing policy as the economy is slowly recovering. The monetary base will continue to increase at an annual pace of about 60-70 trillion yen.
Tuesday July 30 2013
Japanese Unemployment Falls to Lowest in Over 4 Years  
In June, Japan's jobless rate fell 0.2 percentage points to 3.9 percent, the lowest level since October of 2008. The number of unemployed persons was 2.60 million, a decrease of 280 thousand or 9.7 percent from the previous year. Youth unemployment was 6.4 percent.
Friday July 26 2013
Japanese Annual Inflation Highest in Over a Year  
In June, Japan's consumer prices rose for the first time in over a year to 0.3 percent. The rise in inflation was largely due to an increase in electricity bills and a weak yen that inflated the cost of gasoline imports.
Wednesday July 24 2013
Japanese Trade Deficit Narrows in May  
Japan trade balance came to a deficit of 181 billion yen in June. Exports increased 7.4 percent on year while imports surged 11.8 percent.
Thursday July 11 2013
Bank of Japan Keeps Monetary Policy Unchanged  
At the Monetary Policy Meeting held July 11, the Policy Board of the Bank of Japan stated that the economy is on recovery path and decided to maintain the current quantitative easing policy. The monetary base will continue to increase at an annual pace of about 60-70 trillion yen.
Monday August 19 2013
Abenomics Gets a Setback as Consumer Mood Declines in Japan  
The early signs of Abenomics have been encouraging, yet it may take the Japanese economy much longer to achieve sustainable growth path. While major manufacturers' business confidence index improved in the second quarter, consumer confidence slipped to five-month low in July.
Friday June 28 2013
Japanese Inflation Stops Falling  
The consumer price index for Japan in May 2013 was 99.8(2010=100), up 0.1% from the previous month, and down 0.3% over the year.
Friday June 28 2013
Japanese Unemployment Rate Unchanged in May  
Japan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.1 percent in May. The number of unemployed persons was 2.79 million, a decrease of 180 thousand or 6.1 % from the previous year.
Wednesday June 19 2013
Japanese Trade Deficit Widens in May  
Japan trade balance came to a deficit of 994 billion yen in May as the boost to exporters from a weaker yen was overshadowed by high energy import cost.
Tuesday June 11 2013
Bank of Japan Keeps Monetary Policy Steady in June  
At the Monetary Policy Meeting held June 11, the Policy Board of the Bank of Japan raised the assessment of the economy and decided to maintain the quantitative and qualitative monetary easing policy introduced previously. The monetary base will continue to increase at an annual pace of about 60-70 trillion yen.
Monday June 10 2013
Japan GDP Growth Revised Up To 1% QoQ in Q1  
In the first quarter of 2013, the Japanese economy grew a seasonally adjusted 1 percent quarter-on-quarter, up from last month's preliminary reading of 0.9 percent, lifted by strong household spending and a pick-up in exports.
Monday July 01 2013
It is Still Too Early to Say that the Japanese Economy is Recovering  
In the first quarter of 2013, Japan's economy grew stronger-than-expected driven by private consumption and exports. Yet, recent data updates show much grimmer picture. In spite of unprecedented policy mix of monetary and fiscal stimulus initiated at the beginning of 2013, exports have not improved as much as expected, industrial production is still deteriorating, deflationary trend persists, there is no sign of sustainable rebound in consumption and after few months of rally the stock market has been falling.
Friday May 31 2013
Japanese Annual Inflation Rate Down 0.7% in April  
The consumer price index for Japan in April 2013 was 99.7(2010=100), up 0.3% from the previous month, and down 0.7% over the year.
Friday May 31 2013
Japanese Unemployment Rate Unchanged in April  
Japan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.1 percent in April. The number of unemployed persons was 2.91 million, a decrease of 240 thousand or 7.6 % from the previous year.
Wednesday May 22 2013
Japan Trade Deficit Widens in April  
Japan trade deficit widened in April to 880 billion yen as the boost to exporters from a weaker yen was overshadowed by rising imports prices.
Wednesday May 22 2013
Bank of Japan Maintains Quantitative Easing Program; Rates Unchanged  
At the Monetary Policy Meeting held in May 22nd, the Policy Board of the Bank of Japan decided to maintain the quantitative and qualitative monetary easing policy introduced previously. The monetary base will continue to increase at an annual pace of about 60-70 trillion yen.
Wednesday May 22 2013
Expansionary Abenomics is Lifting GDP Growth  
Recent data updates are showing that the Japanese economy is slowly recovering. In the first three months of 2013, the GDP expanded 0.9 percent from the previous quarter and 0.2 percent from the same period in 2012 driven by the improvement in public consumption and exports. More importantly, expansionary policy mix of monetary and fiscal stimulus initiated at the beginning of 2013 is likely to boost the growth even more in the next few months.
Thursday May 16 2013
Japan GDP Expands 0.9% in Q1  
Japan's economy grew at stronger-than-expected 0.9 percent in the first quarter of 2013 from the previous three months driven by private consumption and exports.
Tuesday May 07 2013
Japan Unemployment Rate Down to 4.1% in March  
Japan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 4.1 percent in March from 4.3 percent reported in February.
Friday April 26 2013
Bank of Japan Keeps Monetary Policy Unchanged  
At the Monetary Policy Meeting held in April 26th, the Policy Board of the Bank of Japan decided to maintain the quantitative and qualitative monetary easing policy introduced in the previous meeting. This follows the Bank's goal to achieve the price stability target of 2 percent in terms of the year-on-year rate of CPI.
Tuesday May 07 2013
Japan Annual Inflation Rate Down to -0.9% in March  
The consumer price index for Japan in March 2013 was 99.4 (2010=100), up 0.2 percent from the previous month, and down 0.9 percent over the year.
Thursday April 18 2013
Japan Reports Trade Deficit in March  
Japan posted a trade deficit of 364 billion yen in March, falling into the red for the eighth consecutive month.
Thursday April 04 2013
Bank of Japan Introduces Quantitative Easing; Rates Unchanged  
At the Monetary Policy Meeting held in April 4th, the Policy Board of the Bank of Japan decided upon the introduction of "quantitative and qualitative monetary easing". This follows the Bank's goal to achieve the price stability target of 2 percent in terms of the year-on-year rate of CPI at the earliest possible time.
Friday March 29 2013
Japan Annual Inflation Rate Down to -0.7% in February  
The consumer price index for Japan in February 2013 was 99.2(2010=100), down 0.2% from the previous month, and down 0.7% over the year.
Friday March 29 2013
Japan Unemployment Rate Rises to 4.3% in February  
Japan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 4.3 percent in February from 4.2 percent reported in January.
Thursday March 21 2013
Japan Reports the Biggest Trade Deficit On Record for the Month of February  
Japan reported a trade deficit of 777.5 billion yen in February as exports unexpectedly fell by 2.9% from a year earlier and imports surged 11.9%.
Thursday May 16 2013
Japanese Economy May be Stabilizing  
Recent data updates are showing that the Japanese economy may be slowly recovering. In the first three months of 2013, the GDP expanded 0.9 percent from the previous quarter and 0.2 percent from the same period in 2012. More importantly, expansionary policy mix of monetary and fiscal stimulus initiated at the beginning of 2013 is likely to boost much needed growth in the next few months.
Friday March 08 2013
Japan GDP Growth Flat in the Fourth Quarter of 2012  
According to a release from the Japanese Cabinet Office, gross domestic product stagnated in the fourth quarter of 2012 from a quarter earlier and expanded 0.5 percent compared with the same quarter of 2011.
Thursday March 07 2013
Bank of Japan Keeps Monetary Policy Unchanged  
At the Monetary Policy Meeting held on March 7th, the Policy Board of the Bank of Japan decided, by a unanimous vote, to encourage the uncollateralized overnight call rate to remain at around 0 to 0.1 percent.
Wednesday February 20 2013
Japan Reports the Biggest Trade Deficit on Record in January  
Japan registered its seventh consecutive trade deficit of 1629.4 billion yen in January of 2013 as energy imports jumped.
Thursday February 14 2013
Japan’s GDP Contracts 0.1 Percent in the Fourth Quarter  
The Japanese economy has contracted 0.1 percent (seasonally adjusted) in October-December of 2012 over the previous quarter, marking the third consecutive quarter of declining output.
Thursday February 14 2013
Japan's Monetary Policy Remains Unchanged in February  
The Bank of Japan decided to keep interest rates unchanged in February, in the range between 0 and 0.1 percent.
Friday February 01 2013
Japan Unemployment Rate Down to 4.2 percent in January  
The unemployment rate in Japan decreased to 4.2 percent in January of 2013, from a revised 4.3 percent in December of 2012.
Friday January 25 2013
Japan Inflation Rate Down to -0.3 Percent in January  
The consumer price index for Japan in January 2013 was 99.3(2010=100), the same level as the previous month, and down 0.3% over the year.
Thursday January 24 2013
Japan Trade Deficit Narrows in December  
Japan posted a trade deficit of 641.5 billion yen ($7.25 billion) in December of 2012. Exports fell 5.8 percent and imports increased 1.9 percent from a year earlier, according to a release by the Ministry of Finance.
Tuesday January 22 2013
Bank of Japan Widens Stimulus Efforts  
The Bank of Japan on January 22nd set an ambitious target to defeat the nation’s crippling deflation and pledged to extend indefinitely its quantitative easing program, following intense pressure from the country’s new government.
Friday December 28 2012
Japan Anual Inflation Rate Down to -0.20 Percent in November  
The consumer price index for Japan in November 2012 was 99.2(2010=100), down 0.4 percent from the previous month, and down 0.2 percent over the year.
Friday December 28 2012
Japan Unemployyment Rate Down to 4.1 Percent in November  
The unemployment rate, seasonally adjusted, in Japan was 4.1 percent during November.
Friday December 21 2012
Japan Anual Inflation Rate Down to -0.40 Percent in October  
The consumer price index for Japan in October 2012 was 99.6(2010=100), the same level as the previous month, and down 0.4 percent over the year.
Thursday December 20 2012
Bank of Japan Engages in Monetary Easing  
Following new prime minister call for bolder action against deflation, the Bank of Japan decided in December 20th to engage in more aggressive monetary easing by expanding asset-buying and lending program to $1.2 trillion, and hinted at a review of its current 1 percent inflation target. The bank also decided to keep its benchmark interest rate steady at a range of zero to 0.1 percent.
Thursday December 20 2012
Bank of Japan Engages in Monetary Easing  
At the Monetary Policy Meeting held on December 20th, the Policy Board of the Bank of Japan decided to pump more money into Japan’s economy by boosting its asset-purchase and lending program by $120 billion.
Wednesday December 19 2012
Japan Trade Deficit Widens in November  
Japan posted a larger-than-expected trade deficit in November 2012 as exports continue to shrink amid faltering global growth.
Tuesday December 11 2012
Bank of Japan Keeps Monetary Policy Unchanged  
At the Monetary Policy Meeting held on November 20th, the Policy Board of the Bank of Japan decided, by a unanimous vote, to encourage the uncollateralized overnight call rate to remain at around 0 to 0.1 percent while at the same time engaging in aggressive monetary easing.
Tuesday December 11 2012
Japan Trade Deficit Narrows In October  
Japan posted a larger-than-expected trade deficit in October as exports continue to shrink amid faltering global growth.
Tuesday December 11 2012
Japan's Economy Contracts 0.9 Percent in Q3  
Japan’s economy contracted by 0.9 per cent in the third quarter, against expectation, as a result of weak exports and softer consumer spending while public investment in last year disaster-stricken region faded.
Tuesday December 11 2012
Japan's Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 4.2 Percent in October  
Japan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 4.2 percent in October.
Tuesday December 11 2012
Japan Annual Inflation Rate Down to -0.4 Percent In November  
The consumer price index for Japan in October 2012 was 99.6(2010=100), the same level as the previous month, and down 0.4 percent over the year.
Tuesday October 30 2012
Bank of Japan Enhances Monetary Easing  
At the Monetary Policy Meeting held on October 30, the Policy Board of the Bank of Japan decided, by a unanimous vote, to encourage the uncollateralized overnight call rate to remain at around 0 to 0.1 percent while at the same time enhancing monetary easing.
Tuesday October 30 2012
Japan Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 4.2 Percent in September  
Japan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 4.2 percent in September.
Friday October 26 2012
Japan Annual Inflation Rate Up to -0.3 Percent in September  
The consumer price index for Japan in September 2012 was 99.6(2010=100), up 0.1% from the previous month, and down 0.3% over the year.
Monday October 22 2012
Japan Trade Deficit Narrows in September  
Japan posted a larger-than-expected trade deficit in September as exports continue to shrink amid faltering global growth.
Friday September 28 2012
Japan Annual Inflation Rate Down to -0.4 percent in August  
The consumer price index for Japan in August 2012 was 99.4(2010=100), up 0.1 percent from the previous month, and down 0.4 percent over the year.
Friday September 28 2012
Japan Unemployment Rate Down to 4.20 Percent in August  
Japan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4.2 percent in August from 4.3 percent in July.
Thursday September 20 2012
Japan's Trade Deficit Widens in August  
Japan posted a larger-than-expected trade deficit in August as exports continue to shrink amid faltering global growth.
Wednesday September 19 2012
Bank of Japan Keeps Interest Rates Steady  
At the Monetary Policy Meeting held on September 19, the Policy Board of the Bank of Japan decided, by a unanimous vote, to encourage the uncollateralized overnight call rate to remain at around 0 to 0.1 percent while at the same time enhancing monetary easing.
Wednesday August 22 2012
Japanese Posts Trade Deficit in July  
Japan posted a larger-than-expected trade deficit in July as exports slowed sharply amid Europe's debt crisis and faltering global growth.
Monday August 13 2012
Japan's Economy Expands 0.3% in Q2  
Japan’s economy grew by just 0.3 per cent in the second quarter, lower than expected, as weak exports and softer consumer spending offset continuing strong public investment in last year disaster-stricken region.
Wednesday July 25 2012
Japan Posts Trade Surplus in June  
Japan posted a merchandise trade surplus of 61.7 billion yen in June, as lower oil prices contributed to the first drop in imports since December 2009.
Thursday July 12 2012
Bank of Japan Keeps Interest Rates Steady  
At the Monetary Policy Meeting held on July 12, the Policy Board of the Bank of Japan decided, by a unanimous vote, to encourage the uncollateralized overnight call rate to remain at around 0 to 0.1 percent.
Monday June 11 2012
Japan's GDP Growth Revised Up in Q1  
Japan's economy grew 1.2%, more than the initial estimate of 1% in the first three months of the year from the preceding quarter, indicating that the country is slowly regaining the growth momentum.
Friday May 25 2012
Japan Annual Inflation Rate Down to 0.4% in April  
The consumer price index for Japan in April 2012 was 100.4(2010=100), up 0.1% from the previous month, and up 0.4% over the year.
Wednesday May 23 2012
Japan's Trade Deficit Widens in April  
Japan posted a larger-than-expected trade deficit in April, widening from shortfalls in the previous month and a year earlier as exports of steel and plastic declined on reduced demand from China and imports of fossil fuels increased.
Wednesday May 23 2012
Bank of Japan Keeps Monetary Policy Unchanged  
At the Monetary Policy Meeting held on May 23rd, the Policy Board of the Bank of Japan decided, by a unanimous vote, to keep the uncollateralized overnight call rate at around 0 to 0.1 percent.
Thursday May 17 2012
Japanese GDP Grows 1% in Q1  
Japan's gross domestic product (GDP) expanded 1.0 percent in January-March from the previous quarter after a revised 0.0 percent result for October-December last year. The recovery was mostly due to solid consumer spending, post-quake rebuilding and rising exports.
Thursday April 19 2012
Japan Reports Trade Deficit in March  
Japan swung back into a trade deficit in March as a steady rise in energy imports outweighed a rebound in automobile exports after last year's flooding in Thailand.
Tuesday April 10 2012
Bank of Japan Holds off Easing Measures  
At the Monetary Policy Meeting held on April 10th, the Policy Board of the Bank of Japan decided to encourage the uncollateralized overnight call rate to remain at around 0 to 0.1 percent.
Thursday March 22 2012
Japan Reports Trade Surplus in February  
Japan posted a ¥32.9 billion trade surplus in February after four-straight months in deficit, the Ministry of Finance said on March 22nd, boding well for an economy that needs a boost from international trade to solidify its still-fragile recovery.
Tuesday March 13 2012
Bank of Japan Adds New Loan Program  
The Bank of Japan left on March 13th its key monetary policy unchanged to check the effects of last month's easing steps, but decided to expand a loan program to ¥5.5trn for potentially high-growth sectors in a bid to stimulate the economy.
Friday March 02 2012
Japan Annual Inflation Rate Up 0.1% in January  
The consumer price index for Japan in January 2012 was 99.6(2010=100), up 0.2% from the previous month, and up 0.1% over the year.
Friday March 02 2012
Japan Unemployment Rate up to 4.6% in January  
Japan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 4.6 percent in January from a downwardly revised 4.5 percent in December, with the data pointing to already employed people seeking higher-paid positions.
Monday February 20 2012
Japan’s Trade Deficit Widens in January  
Japan’s trade deficit widened to a record level in January, as falling exports combined with surging imports of energy.
Tuesday February 14 2012
Bank of Japan Announces New Stimulus  
The Bank of Japan on February 14th further eased monetary policy, increasing its asset purchase programme by 10 trillion yen to about 65 trillion yen, as it looks to end deflation.
Monday February 13 2012
Japan GDP Contracts 0.6% in Q4  
Japan's economy shrank 0.6 percent in the October-December quarter compared with the previous three months as slowing global trade, a strong currency and disruption from severe floods in Thailand all took their toll.
Friday January 27 2012
Japan Annual Inflation Rate Down 0.2% in December  
The consumer price index for Japan in December 2011 was 99.4(2010=100), the same level as the previous month, and down 0.2% over the year.
Wednesday January 25 2012
Japan Exports Fall in December  
Japan's exports fell for the third consecutive month in December, capping the first annual trade deficit in 31 years, figures underscoring the toll slower global growth and March's earthquake have taken on the economy.
Tuesday January 24 2012
Bank of Canada Keeps Monetary Policy Unchanged  
At the Monetary Policy Meeting held on January 24, the Policy Board of the Bank of Japan decided,by a unanimous vote to encourage the uncollateralized overnight call rate to remain at around 0 to 0.1 percent.
Friday December 30 2011
Japan Annual Inflation Rate Down 0.5% in November  
The consumer price index for Japan in November 2011 was 99.4(2010=100), down 0.6% from the previous month, and down 0.5% over the year.
Friday December 30 2011
Japan's Unemployment Rate Unchanged in November  
Japan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in November was unchanged at 4.5 percent from the previous month, signaling that the pace of recovery in labor market conditions is moderating.
Wednesday December 21 2011
Japan Holds Rates Near Zero  
Japan's central bank has left its key interest rate unchanged at virtually zero as it downgraded its assessment of the economy.
Wednesday December 21 2011
Japan Reports Trade Deficit in November  
Japan reported a 684.7 billion yen in trade deficit in November, as exports continued to decline amid the impact of the mass flooding in Thailand and fears of a global economic downturn.
Friday December 09 2011
Japan GDP Revised Down in Q3  
Japan's economy rebounded in the third quarter at a slightly slower pace than initially estimated as companies pulled back on capital spending, worried that yen strength and slowing global growth will hurt exports.
Tuesday November 29 2011
Japan's Unemployment Rate Rises to 4.5% in October  
Japan's unemployment rate rose to 4.5 percent in October from 4.1 percent in September for the first deterioration in three months, reflecting the continuing severe employment conditions in the country.
Friday November 25 2011
Japan Annual Inflation Rate Down 0.2% in October  
The consumer price index for Japan in October 2011 was 100.0(2010=100), up 0.1% from the previous month, and down 0.2% over the year.
Monday November 21 2011
Japan Records Trade Deficit in October  
Japan's trade slipped back into deficit territory in October after recording a surplus the previous month, The Finance Ministry said in a preliminary report on November 21.
Thursday November 17 2011
Japan's Economy Grows 1.5% in Q3  
Japan’s economy expanded 1.5% between July and September, returning to growth after three consecutive quarters of contraction, the Cabinet Office said on November 14th.
Friday October 28 2011
Japan's Unemployment Rate Down to 4.1% in September  
Japan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 4.1 percent in September from 4.3 percent in August.
Friday October 28 2011
Japan's Annual Inflation Rate Unchanged in September  
The consumer price index for Japan in September 2011 was 99.9(2010=100), the same level as the previous month, and the same level as previous year.
Thursday October 27 2011
Bank of Japan Expands Asset Purchase Program  
The Bank of Japan on October 27 decided to enhance monetary easing by expanding the asset purchase program by around JPY 5 trillion to about JPY 55 trillion.
Monday October 24 2011
Japan Records Trade Surplus in September  
Japan recorded a ¥300.4 billion trade surplus in September, the Ministry of Finance said on October 24. The rise was led by shipments of autos to Europe and auto parts to the U.S. and China.
Friday October 07 2011
Bank of Japan Keeps Monetary Policy Unchanged  
Bank of Japan kept the overnight lending rate between zero and 0.1 percent and left credit and asset-buying programs totaling 50 trillion yen ($652 billion) unchanged, while extending a loan program in earthquake-affected areas.
Friday September 30 2011
Japan's Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.3% in August  
Japan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 4.3 percent in August from 4.7 percent in July.
Friday September 30 2011
Japan's Annual Inflation Rate up 0.2% in August  
The consumer price index for Japan in August 2011 was 99.9(2010=100), up 0.1% from the previous month, and up 0.2% over the year.
Wednesday September 21 2011
Japan Records Huge Trade Deficit in August  
Japan reported a trade deficit equivalent to 775.3 billion yen in August, as utility firms imported fuel to meet electricity demand with many nuclear reactors still offline amid post-Fukushima disquiet.
Friday September 09 2011
Japan GDP Revised Down to 0.5% in Q2  
Japan's economy shrank more than initially thought in the April-June period due to weaker-than-expected capital investment in the wake of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
Thursday September 08 2011
Bank of Japan Leaves Monetary Policy Unchanged  
At the Monetary Policy Meeting held on September 7, the Policy Board of the Bank of Japan decided, by a unanimous vote, to encourage the uncollateralized overnight call rate to remain at around 0 to 0.1 percent.
Tuesday August 30 2011
Japan's Unemployment Rate Rises to 4.7% in July  
Japan's unemployment rate stood at a worse-than-expected 4.7 percent in July, up 0.1 percentage point from the previous month, excluding figures from the disaster-hit northeast of the country, the government reported on August 30.
Friday August 26 2011
Japan Inflation Rate up 0.2% in July  
The consumer price index for Japan in July 2011 was 99.7(2010=100), the same level as previous month, and up 0.2% over the year.
Thursday August 18 2011
Japan Reports Trade Surplus in July  
Japan reported a trade surplus of 72.5 billion yen in July, a drop of 90.8% compared to a year ago, the Ministry of Finance said on August 18.
Monday August 15 2011
Japan's Economy Contracts Less Than Expected In Q2  
Japan's gross domestic product was down 0.3 percent in the second quarter of 2011 compared to the previous quarter, the Cabinet Office said on August 15, extending the country's recession following the devastating earthquake and tsunami on March 11.
Thursday August 04 2011
Bank of Japan Eases Monetary Policy  
Japan's central bank eased monetary policy, sold one trillion yen and pledge to inject 10 trillion yen in funds to the economy, joining Switzerland in efforts to stem appreciating exchange rates.
Friday July 29 2011
Japan Unemployment Rate Rises to 4.6% in June  
Japan's unemployment rate rose to a seasonally adjusted 4.6% in June, following the negative impact of the March 11 disasters on the nation's labor market.
Friday July 29 2011
Japan Inflation up 0.2% in June  
The consumer price index for Japan in June 2011 was 99.9(2005=100), down 0.1% from the previous month, and up 0.2% over the year.
Friday July 22 2011
Japan Records Trade Surplus in June  
Japan's trade balance swung back to a surplus of 70.7 billion yen ($896 million) in June as factory output and sales steadily recover from the March 11 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown.
Friday July 01 2011
Japan’s Unemployment Rate Fell to 4.5% in May  
Japan’s unemployment rate unexpectedly declined in May as more people stopped looking for work after the nation’s largest earthquake on record.
Friday July 01 2011
Japan Inflation up 0.3% in May  
The consumer price index for Japan in May 2011 was 100.0(2005=100), up 0.1% from the previous month, and up 0.3% over the year.
Thursday June 23 2011
Japan's Exports Declined More Than Expected in May  
Japan's exports fell more than economists forecast in May, adding to signs the world's third- largest economy may struggle to recover from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
Tuesday June 14 2011
Bank of Japan Expands Lending Program  
Japan's central bank kept its key interest rate unchanged at virtually zero and expanded a lending program to bolster the disaster-hit economy.
Tuesday May 31 2011
Japan's Jobless Rate up to 4.7% in April  
Japan’s unemployment rate rose to 4.7% in April from 4.6% in March for the first deterioration in six months amid the impact from the massive earthquake and tsunami in March.
Friday May 27 2011
Japan Inflation up 0.3% in April  
The consumer price index for Japan in April 2011 was 99.9(2005=100), up 0.3% from the previous month, and up 0.3% over the year.
Wednesday May 25 2011
Japan Exports Falls in April  
Japanese exports fell at their sharpest pace in 18 months in April, tipping the trade balance into a deficit as damage from the March 11 earthquake continued to hobble production and shipments of cars and other products that make up the backbone of the nation's economy.
Friday May 20 2011
Bank Of Japan Keeps Record Low Interest Rate?  
Bank of Japan kept on May 20 its near zero interest rate and refrained from introducing more monetary easing measures.
Thursday May 19 2011
Japan's Economy Contracts 0.9% in Q4  
Japan's real GDP for the first quarter of 2011 fell 0.9% from the previous quarter, tipping the country into a recession as the March 11 earthquake and tsunami caused declines in consumer spending, business investment and private-sector inventories.
Thursday April 28 2011
Japan's Inflation Rate Remains Unchanged in March  
The consumer price index for Japan in March 2011 was 99.6 (2005=100), up 0.3% from the previous month, and the same level as previous year. Core inflation fell 0.7 percent on year in March.
Thursday April 28 2011
Japanese Unemployment Unchanged in March  
Japan’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged in March from February at 4.6 percent, excluding those areas struck by last month's earthquake and tsunami.
Wednesday April 20 2011
Japan Trade Surplus Shrinks in March  
Japan's exports fell for the first time in 16 months and the trade surplus plunged after a record earthquake and tsunami hit production, the finance ministry said on April 20.
Thursday April 07 2011
Bank of Japan Keeps Monetary Policy Unchanged  
The Japanese central bank announced on April 4 it would keep a credit program and asset- purchase fund unchanged following the nation’s worst earthquake.
Tuesday March 29 2011
Japan's Unemployment Rate at 2 Year Low in February  
Japan’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 4.6% in February from 4.9 percent in January.
Friday March 25 2011
Japan's Inflation Rate Remains Unchanged in February  
The consumer price index for Japan in February 2011 was 99.3(2005=100), down 0.1% from the previous month, and the same level as previous year. Core inflation fell 0.3 percent on year in February.
Thursday March 24 2011
Japan Posts Trade Surplus In February  
Japan’s trade balance returned to surplus in February on solid exports to Asia, after posting the first deficit in nearly two years in January due to regional holidays, Ministry of Finance data released on March 24 showed.
Monday March 14 2011
Bank of Japan Expands Asset Purchases to Support Economy  
Bank of Japan rushed to bolster markets in the wake of the country's worst disaster since World War Two and said on March 14, it would double an existing program to purchase government and corporate bonds and other financial assets to 10 trillion yen, or $121.7 billion.
Thursday March 10 2011
Japan's Economy Contracts in The Fourth Quarter  
Japan's GDP shrank 0.3% in the final quarter of 2010 from the previous quarter, according to the revised data from the Cabinet Office showed on March 10.
Wednesday March 02 2011
Japan’s Unemployment Remains Unchanged in January  
Japan’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 4.9% while payrolls rose in January.
Friday February 25 2011
Japan's Inflation Rate Remains Unchanged in January  
The consumer price index for Japan in January 2011 was 99.4(2005=100), down 0.2% from the previous month, and the same level as previous year.
Thursday February 24 2011
Japan Records Trade Deficit in January  
Japan saw a merchandise trade deficit of 471.4 billion yen in January, the Ministry of Finance said on February 23, falling into the red for the first time in 22 months.
Tuesday February 15 2011
Japan's Central Bank Keeps Interest Rate Unchanged  
Bank of Japan has left its key interest rate unchanged at virtually zero to support the economy.
Monday February 14 2011
Japan's Economy Contracts in The Fourth Quarter  
Japan’s economy contracted in the last quarter of 2010 amid slowing exports and weak domestic demand, according to preliminary data released on February 14.
Friday January 28 2011
Japan’s Unemployment Rate Falls to 4.9% in December  
Japan’s unemployment rate unexpectedly fell for the first time since September, indicating that the export-driven recovery is benefiting workers at home.
Friday January 28 2011
Japan's Core Inflation Falls for the 22nd Consecutive Month  
Core consumer prices in Japan declined 0.4 percent on year in December, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said on January 28, falling for the 22nd consecutive month.
Thursday January 27 2011
Japan's Trade Surplus More Than Doubles in 2010  
Japan's trade surplus more than doubled in 2010 and exports to key trade partner China hit a record high, data showed on January 27 as robust overseas demand indicated gathering momentum for a fragile recovery.
Tuesday January 25 2011
Bank of Japan Keeps Rates Steady  
Bank of Japan kept it key interest rate unchanged at virtually zero on January 25, hoping to protect a still-fragile economy from veering off track.
Tuesday December 28 2010
Japan Unemployment Rate Unchanged At 5.1%  
The unemployment rate in Japan came in at a seasonally adjusted 5.1 percent in November, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said on December 28
Wednesday December 22 2010
Japan's Exports Rise 9.1% in November  
Japan's exports rose 9.1 percent in November from a year earlier, the Ministry of Finance (MOF) said in a report on December 22, marking the 12th straight month of growth.
Tuesday December 21 2010
Japan Keeps Interest Rates Unchanged  
The Bank of Japan has kept interest rates unchanged at between 0% and 0.1% in a bid to boost the nation’s economy and rein in inflation.
Monday December 06 2010
Japanese Unemplyment Rate Rises to 5.1%  
Japan's unemployment rate worsened slightly in October, as industrial production slipped and household spending was down, Statistics Bureau said on November 30.
Friday November 26 2010
Japan’s Deflation Moderates in October  
Japanese consumer prices rose 0.4% month-on-month in October. On an annual basis, prices were up 0.2%.
Thursday November 25 2010
Japan October Export Growth Slows  
Japanese exports grew at their slowest pace of the year in October, data showed on November 25, underlining fears for the country's main engine for growth as the trade-reliant recovery loses more steam.
Monday November 15 2010
Japan GDP Quickens in the Third Quarter  
Japan's gross domestic product grew 0.9% in the July-September period from the previous quarter, or at an annualized pace of 3.9%, up from a revised +0.4% q/q and +1.8% annualized in the second quarter (revised from +0.4% q/q and +1.5% annualized).
Friday November 05 2010
Bank of Japan Keeps Rate Near Zero  
Japan's central bank on November 5 kept its key rate unchanged at a rock-bottom zero to 0.1 percent in a widely anticipated move, but refrained from announcing fresh monetary easing measures.
Sunday October 31 2010
Japan Export Growth Slows  
Japan’s exports grew at the slowest pace this year in September, a sign the country is losing its chief engine for growth as demand abroad tempers.
Sunday October 31 2010
Japan's Unemployment Rate Unexpectedly Falls to 5.0%  
Japan’s unemployment rate unexpectedly fell in September as payrolls rose, signaling that the job market may be improving even as the economy is threatened by an advancing yen.
Sunday October 31 2010
Japan Inflation Falls 0.6% in September  
Core inflation in Japan was down 1.1 percent on year in September, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said on September 28, marking the 19th consecutive month of falling prices.
Saturday October 02 2010
Japan Unemployment Rate Falls to 5.1%  
Japan's unemployment rate fell to a four-month low of 5.1% in August from 5.2% in July, as the number of unemployed showed the second straight monthly drop, data from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications showed Friday.
Saturday October 02 2010
Japan Remains Stuck In Deflation in August  
Nationwide core consumer prices in Japan declined 1.0 percent on year in August, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said on Friday, marking the 18th straight month of deflation.
Wednesday September 29 2010
Japan Trade Surplus Shrinks in August  
Japan's trade surplus unexpectedly shrank by 37.5% in August from a year earlier to Y103.22 billion, the first year-on-year drop in 15 months, with the pace of export growth decelerating for the sixth month in a row, Ministry of Finance data released on September 27 showed.
Tuesday September 14 2010
Japan Q2 GDP Revised Up  
Japan's economy grew a revised 0.4 percent in April-June from the previous quarter, more than an initial government estimate, but the strong yen and slowing global growth give policymakers little to cheer about over the outlook.
Wednesday September 01 2010
Bank of Japan Increases the Amount of Low Interest Loans  
The Bank of Japan (BOJ) decided on Monday to keep its key interest rate at near-zero and boost the amount of low-interest loans to financial institutions. The measures were aimed at reining in the rising value of the yen.
Friday August 27 2010
Japan Unemployment Rate Falls in July  
Japan's unemployment rate fell to 5.2% in July from 5.3% in June, as the number of unemployed marked the first month-on-month drop in five months and more jobs were created for the second straight month.
Friday August 27 2010
Japan Inflation Falls in July  
Japan's consumer prices fell for the 17th straight month in July, as deflation kept a tight grip on the economy.
Wednesday August 25 2010
Japan Exports Rise 23.5% in July  
Japan's exports rose a more than expected 23.5 percent in July from a year earlier, Ministry of Finance data showed, but economists expect overseas demand to moderate in the coming months and the rising yen to cloud the outlook.
Monday August 16 2010
Japan's GDP Growth Slows  
Japan's economic growth slowed sharply in the second quarter, coming in well short of expectations as stagnant consumption and flagging exports weighed on an economy already hobbled by deflation and a soaring yen.
Tuesday August 10 2010
Bank of Japan Keeps Policy on Hold  
Bank of Japan Governor Masaaki Shirakawa indicated the nation’s recovery has been resilient to the yen’s advance, supporting his board’s decision to keep policy unchanged.
Monday August 02 2010
Japan Unemployment Rises in June  
The unemployment rate in Japan has increased to its highest level since November last year while production of cars and electronics fell in June, showing weakness in the world's second largest economy.
Monday July 26 2010
Japan Export Growth Slows  
Japanese exports rose more than expected in June from a year earlier but the pace of increase slowed for the fourth straight month, a sign the economic recovery may lose steam on moderating overseas demand.
Thursday July 15 2010
Bank Of Japan Predicts Growth to Slow in 2011, Keeps 0.1% Rate  
The Bank of Japan kept interest rates unchanged and predicted growth in the world’s second- largest economy will slow next year as fiscal stimulus evaporates worldwide and overseas demand loses steam.
Friday June 25 2010
Inflation in Japan Decreases at Slower Pace  
Japan’s consumer prices fell 1.2% in May, a moderation that may be insufficient to ease government pressure on the central bank to fight deflation.
Thursday June 24 2010
Japan's Exports Rise Slows in May  
Exports of Japanese goods rose a solid 32.1% in May on overseas demand for cars and steel, but the growth rate was still the slowest in five months, raising concern that the nation's export-driven economic recovery may start to slow.
Monday June 14 2010
Japanese Economic Recovery May Be Sluggish  
In the first quarter of 2010, the Japanese economy expanded 5% annualized. Growth was mostly supported by strong exports and government stimulus. Yet, although the effects of higher overseas demand, especially from China, domestic subsides for cars and home appliances have been positively influencing the broader economy, a sustainable recovery is probably beyond reach.
Thursday May 27 2010
Japan Consumer Prices Fall for 14th Straight Month  
Japan's core consumer prices fell 1.5 percent in the year to the end of April, marking 14 straight months of annual falls, government data showed on Friday.
Wednesday May 26 2010
Japanese Exports Rise for Fifth Month  
Japan's exports rose 40.4% on year in April on strong overseas demand for Japanese cars, government data showed Thursday. It was the fifth straight month of increase, giving the nation's export-led economic recovery a forceful nudge.
Friday May 21 2010
Bank of Japan Unveils Lending Support Facility  
The Bank of Japan announced details of a bank-lending support plan and turned more optimistic on the outlook for the Japanese economy, saying it's "recovering moderately."
Wednesday May 19 2010
Japan Economy Grows 4.9%  
Japan’s economy grew less than forecast in the first quarter as an export-led recovery failed to stoke consumer spending, putting pressure on the central bank to do more to end deflation as it begins a two-day meeting.
Friday April 30 2010
Japan Holds Interest Rates Steady  
Japan's central bank kept its key interest rate near zero and said it would redouble efforts to boost the economy.
Thursday April 29 2010
Japan’s Unemployment Rate Climbs to 5%  
Japan’s unemployment rate rose for the first time in four months in March, a sign that the job rebound may moderate.
Thursday April 29 2010
Japan Consumer Prices Fell 1.2% in March  
Japan’s consumer prices fell for a 13th month in March, indicating the economy remains hampered by deflation even as the export-led recovery starts to spread.
Thursday April 22 2010
Japanese Exports Climb 43.5% in March  
Japan’s exports grew for a fourth month in March, evidence that sustained gains in overseas demand are fueling the recovery as prices slump at home.
Wednesday April 07 2010
Japan Leaves Interest Rate Unchanged  
Japan's central bank kept its key interest rate unchanged and held off on new easing steps Wednesday, saying the economy is improving.
Tuesday March 30 2010
Japan Unemployment Rate at 4.9% in February  
The unemployment rate in Japan held steady in February, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said on Tuesday, coming in as expected at a seasonally adjusted 4.9 percent.
Friday March 26 2010
Japan Deflation Persists as Consumer Prices Fall 1.2%  
Japan’s consumer prices fell for a 12th month in February, adding pressure on the central bank to eradicate deflation that is hampering the economic recovery.
Wednesday March 24 2010
Japan’s Exports Grow at Fastest Pace in 30 Years  
Japan’s exports climbed at the fastest pace in 30 years in February as global trade recovered from the worst postwar recession, increasing prospects for a sustained economic rebound in the nation.
Wednesday March 17 2010
Bank Of Japan Doubles Lending Program  
The Bank of Japan expanded a bank loan program aimed at shoring up liquidity in the deflation plagued economy, a boost that offsets the impact of separate credit measures expiring this month.
Wednesday March 10 2010
Japan’s Economy Grows 3.8%, Less Than First Estimated  
Japan’s economy expanded less than initially estimated in the fourth quarter as companies pared spending and stockpiles as deflation deepened.
Tuesday February 23 2010
Japan Exports Jump  
Japanese exports rose more than expected in January from a year earlier, allaying concerns that China's moves to rein in lending may choke off demand there and put a brake on Japan's economic recovery.
Thursday February 18 2010
BOJ Leaves Policy Unchanged  
The Bank of Japan refrained from expanding its lending and asset-purchase programs, preserving policy ammunition in case the economic recovery falters or the government increases pressure for more action to beat deflation.
Monday February 15 2010
Japan’s Economy Grows 4.6%  
Japan’s economy grew faster than economists anticipated last quarter, reducing the risk of falling back into a recession even as deflation intensifies.
Thursday January 28 2010
Deflation and Debt in Japan May Hamper a Quick Recovery  
In January, the rating agency Standard & Poor’s warned Japan that it may downgrade it's credit ranking due to the new Democratic Party of Japan inability to fix its finances. Yet, not only increasing public debt but also deepening deflation may hamper economic outlook and long term recovery.
Thursday January 28 2010
Japan Consumer Prices Fall 1.3%  
Japan’s consumer prices fell for a 10th month in December, underscoring concern that deflation remains a threat to the economic recovery.
Thursday January 28 2010
Japan’s Jobless Rate Falls to 5.1%  
The Japanese jobless rate fell to 5.1 per cent in December, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said. The unemployment rate was 5.2 per cent in November.
Tuesday January 26 2010
Japan's Exports Rose in December  
Japan’s exports rose for the first time in 15 months ago, adding to signs that the world’s second-largest economy is recovering from the global recession.
Monday January 25 2010
Bank of Japan Keeps Key Rate at 0.1%  
The Bank of Japan held interest rates near zero and said it remains committed to fighting deflation as gains in the yen risk stunting the recovery from the country’s worst postwar recession.
Monday December 28 2009
Japan Consumer Prices Slide 1.7%  
Japan’s consumer prices fell for a ninth month in November, adding to signs that deflation will undermine growth in the world’s second-largest economy.
Monday December 28 2009
Japan's Unemployment Rate Edges Up In November  
Japan’s unemployment rate rose for the first time in four months in November, an indication job growth may not be strong enough to support the economy’s recovery from its deepest postwar recession.
Sunday December 20 2009
Japan’s Exports Fall at Slowest Pace in 14 Months  
Japan's exports rose by the most in seven years in November due to solid Asian demand, reducing worries that the Japanese economy will fall into another recession next year.
Friday December 18 2009
BOJ Says Won’t Tolerate Deflation, Keeps Rate at 0.1%  
The Bank of Japan held interest rates at 0.1 percent and policy makers said they are intolerant of price declines amid signs deflation may undermine the economic recovery.
Tuesday December 08 2009
Japan Economy Grows 1.3%  
Japan’s economy expanded less than initially estimated in the third quarter as companies cut spending in the wake of the country’s deepest postwar recession.
Monday December 07 2009
Japan Releases Stimulus Package as Recovery Weakens  
The Japanese government unveiled a 7.2 trillion yen ($81bn) economic stimulus package amid signs the recovery and Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama’s popularity are waning.
Thursday December 03 2009
Japan Steps Up Quantitative Easing to Fight Deflation  
This week, rising deflation risk and strong Yen hurting Japanese economy had forced Bank of Japan to revised its exit strategy for quantitative easing policy pledged at the end of October. At emergency meeting the institution introduced a new funds-supplying operation to encourage a further decline in longer-term interest rate
Tuesday December 01 2009
Bank of Japan Eases Monetary Policy  
The Bank of Japan said it’s ready to pump more money into the financial system after unveiling a 10 trillion yen ($115 billion) program to help an economy battered by falling prices and the yen’s surge to a 14-year high.
Saturday November 28 2009
Deflation May Hamper Japanese Economic Recovery  
In the third quarter of 2009, Japan’s economy expanded at the fastest pace in more than two years boosted by a rebound in global demand and government stimulus. However, growing GDP hasn't stimulated consumer prices which during the last few months have been falling at record pace bringing into the light the danger of prolonged deflation.
Friday November 27 2009
Japan Consumer Prices Fall Further  
Japan's core consumer inflation rate fell 2.2% in October, posting the eighth straight year-on-year decline as the costs of gasoline, heating oil and overseas holiday tours continued to show sharp declines from year-earlier levels.
Friday November 27 2009
Japan’s Unemployment Rate Falls to 5.1%  
Japan’s unemployment rate in October unexpectedly fell for a third month, a sign that the worst may be over for the labor market.
Tuesday November 24 2009
Japan Exports Fall Least in a Year  
Japan’s exports fell at the slowest pace in a year in October as worldwide government spending boosted demand, sustaining the economic recovery.
Friday November 20 2009
Bank of Japan Keeps Rate at 0.1%  
The Bank of Japan kept interest rates near zero and raised its economic assessment even as government pressure for it to fight deflation intensified.
Monday November 16 2009
Japan GDP Growth Accelerates  
Japan’s economy expanded at the fastest pace in more than two years in the third quarter, led by a rebound in domestic demand that may ease concern of a return to recession next year.
Friday October 30 2009
BOJ Ends Debt Buying  
The Bank of Japan said it will stop buying corporate debt at the end of the year, as central banks around the world phase out emergency measures taken at the height of the financial crisis.
Thursday October 29 2009
Japan Consumer Prices Fall 2.3%  
Japan’s consumer prices fell at a near-record pace in September, a sign that deflation is likely to remain a drag on the economic recovery.
Thursday October 29 2009
Japan’s Unemployment Rate Falls to 5.3%  
Japan’s jobless rate unexpectedly dropped to a four-month low in September, adding to signs that a recovery in the world’s second-largest economy is spreading to consumers.
Wednesday October 21 2009
Japan Exports Fall at Slower Pace  
Japan’s exports fell at the slowest pace in 10 months in September as stimulus spending in China drove demand for the nation’s cars and machinery.
Friday October 02 2009
Japan’s Jobless Rate Unexpectedly Falls From Record  
Japan’s jobless rate unexpectedly retreated in August from a record and household spending rose as the nation emerged from its worst postwar recession. The unemployment rate fell to 5.5% from 5.7%, the statistics bureau said in Tokyo.
Thursday October 01 2009
Japanese Yen Looks Too Strong. Will the DPJ Intervene?  
The Japanese yen spiked to an eight-month high against the US dollar on September 28. However, the stronger than expected pace of yen appreciation is causing some internal conflicts in the ruling DPJ party. In one hand, the new Japanese government favors a strong currency. However, the new Minister of Finance Hirohisa Fujii was recently forced to backtrack on earlier comments that he wanted to avoid currency intervention.
Monday September 28 2009
Japan’s Deflation Deepens  
Japan’s consumer prices fell the most in at least 38 years in August, heightening the risk that prolonged deflation may hamper the country’s recovery from its deepest postwar recession.
Thursday September 17 2009
Fiscal Stimulus May Not Assure Sustainable Recovery in Japan  
In the second quarter of 2009, Japan recorded its first expansion after six quarters of negative growth. But can we talk seriously about a sustainable recovery with the Japanese economy being boosted primarily by a series of stimulus packages engineered by the government?
Thursday September 17 2009
Bank of Japan Upgrades View on Economy  
The Bank of Japan's policy board slightly upgraded its economic view Thursday for the first time since July, as it kept its interest-rate target unchanged
Thursday September 10 2009
Japan’s Economy Grew 2.3% in Q2  
Japan’s economy unexpectedly grew less than initially estimated in the second quarter as companies cut spending and stockpiles fell.
Wednesday September 02 2009
Japan’s New Government Favors a Strong Yen  
The Democratic Party of Japan won a big majority in recent elections. Among other political measures, the DPJ plans to implement fiscal stimulus measures focused on increasing household disposable income.
Thursday August 27 2009
Japan’s Deflation Deepens  
Japan’s consumer prices fell at a record pace in July, adding to signs that deflation will hamper a rebound from the nation’s worst postwar recession.
Thursday August 27 2009
Japan Jobless Rate Hits Record  
Japan’s unemployment rate rose to a record 5.7 percent in July and deflation worsened, dealing a blow to Prime Minister Taro Aso on the eve of an election that polls indicate his ruling Liberal Democratic Party will lose.
Tuesday August 25 2009
Japan’s Exports Tumbled 35.7% in July  
Japan’s exports fell for a tenth straight month in July as demand from all of the nation’s major markets deteriorated.
Friday August 21 2009
The Japanese Economy Is Recovering. But is it sustainable?  
In the last quarter, Japan recorded its first economic expansion after six quarters of negative growth. But can we talk seriously about a sustainable recovery with the Japanese economy being boosted primarily by a series of stimulus packages engineered by the government?
Sunday August 16 2009
Japan Economy Expands 3.7%  
Japan’s economy grew for the first time in five quarters as a revival in exports and consumer spending helped the country climb out of its worst postwar recession.
Monday August 10 2009
BOJ Keeps Rate at 0.1%  
The Bank of Japan kept interest rates unchanged and refrained from unveiling any new measures as policy makers focused on the risk that recent economic improvements will fail to translate into a sustainable recovery.
Thursday July 30 2009
Japan Consumer Prices Fall Record 1.7%  
Japan’s consumer prices fell at a record pace in June, adding to signs that deflation may hamper a rebound from the nation’s worst postwar recession.
Thursday July 30 2009
Japan’s Jobless Rate Rises to 5.4%  
Japan’s unemployment rate rose to a six-year high in June, damping hopes that consumers in the world’s second-largest economy will start to reap the benefits of a rebound in exports and production.
Wednesday July 22 2009
Japanese Exports Fall at Slower Pace  
Japan’s exports fell in June at the slowest pace this year as demand picked up worldwide, helping the trade surplus widen for the first time in 20 months and setting the stage for an economic recovery.
Wednesday July 15 2009
BOJ Extends Credit Policies  
The Bank of Japan extended its emergency-credit programs until the end of the year and cut its economic forecasts as companies struggle to borrow amid the country’s worst postwar recession.
Monday June 29 2009
Japan’s Jobless Rate Rises to Five-Year High  
Japan’s unemployment rate rose to a five-year high in May while household spending unexpectedly advanced as government handouts helped spur a recovery from the worst postwar recession.
Thursday June 25 2009
Japan's Inflation Falls Record 1.1%  
Japan’s consumer prices fell at a record pace in May, adding to the risk that deflation will become entrenched and hamper a rebound from the nation’s worst postwar recession.
Tuesday June 23 2009
Japan’s Exports Tumble 41%  
Japan’s exports fell at a faster pace in May, extending the nation’s deepest trade slump since World War II.
Tuesday June 16 2009
Bank of Japan Says Economy Improving  
The Bank of Japan upgraded its outlook for the world’s second-largest economy, buttressing hopes that the worst of its recession since the second world war may be over.
Saturday June 13 2009
Japan’s Economy Will Take Time to Recover  
In the first quarter of 2009, Japanese GDP shrank at 14.2 percent annual pace bringing down the world’s third largest economy to its 2003 size. Lately, things have improved somewhat, but although this contraction is less then previously estimated, at Trading Economics we think it’s too early to talk about a rebound in the Japanese economy.
Thursday June 11 2009
Japan Economy Shrank 14.2% Last Quarter  
Japan’s economy shrank less than the government initially estimated as business investment and inventories fell at a slower pace.
Thursday May 28 2009
Japan’s Inflation Declines  
Japan’s consumer prices fell for a second month in April, adding to signs that the recession will herald a return to deflation.
Thursday May 28 2009
Japan’s Jobless Rate Rises to Highest in More Than Five Years  
Japan’s unemployment rate climbed to a five-year high in April and job prospects worsened, signaling household spending will weigh on the economy just as exports are showing signs of improving.
Tuesday May 26 2009
Japan Exports Fall at Slower Pace  
Japan’s export slump moderated in April, helping the country record an unexpected trade surplus and adding to signs the worst recession since World War II is easing.
Friday May 22 2009
Is the Japanese Government Doing Enough to Help the Economy  
Japan’s economy shrank at a record 15.2 percent annual pace in the first quarter of 2009 as exports collapsed and consumers and businesses cut spending. So, one has to question if the Japanese government is using all available measures to help the distressed economy.
Tuesday May 19 2009
Japan’s Economy Shrank Record 15.2%  
Japan’s economy shrank at a record 15.2 percent annual pace last quarter as exports collapsed and consumers and businesses cut spending.
Friday May 01 2009
Japanese Inflation Falls  
Japan's core consumer prices suffered the first year-on-year fall in 18 months in March as deflation returned to haunt the world's second largest economy, data showed.
Friday May 01 2009
Japan’s Jobless Rate Soars  
Japan’s unemployment rate surged to a four-year high in March indicating any recovery in the world’s second-largest economy is likely to be weak.
Thursday April 30 2009
BOJ Keeps Rate at 0.1%  
The Bank of Japan kept its benchmark interest rate at 0.1 percent in a unanimous decision before releasing its outlook for the economy and prices.
Wednesday April 22 2009
Japan Exports Slide Slows  
Japan’s export slump slowed in March, ending a four-month streak of record drops and adding to signs the recession may have started to ease.
Tuesday April 07 2009
Bank of Japan Widens Range of Collateral for Loans  
The Bank of Japan will provide more funds to commercial banks by broadening the range of collateral it accepts in an effort to encourage lending to companies.
Tuesday March 31 2009
Japan's Recession Is Deepening (Update)  
In the last quarter of 2008, Japan's economy shrank at an annual rate of 12.1 percent confirming that the downturn which began in November 2007 may become one of the longest recessions the Japanese economy has ever seen. What is behind the slump and what can be done to soften the downward spiral?
Monday March 30 2009
Japan Unemployment Jumps to a Three-Year High of 4.4%  
Japan’s unemployment rate rose to a three-year high in February and job openings disappeared at the fastest pace in more than three decades as the recession deepened.
Friday March 27 2009
Japan’s Inflation Stalled for a Second Month  
Japan’s consumer prices failed to rise for a second month in February as the nation’s recession deepened.
Wednesday March 25 2009
Japan Exports Drop Record 49%  
Japan’s exports plunged a record 49.4 percent in February as deepening recessions in the U.S. and Europe sapped demand for the country’s cars and electronics.
Wednesday March 18 2009
Bank of Japan Expands Government Bond Buying  
The Bank of Japan will increase its purchases of government bonds from banks in addition to extending subordinated loans to lenders as it widens efforts to counter the deepening recession.
Tuesday March 17 2009
Bank of Japan to Provide Subordinated Loans to Banks  
The Bank of Japan said it may provide as much as 1 trillion yen ($10 billion) of subordinated loans to banks to replenish capital depleted by falling stock prices and revive lending.
Thursday February 26 2009
Japan Inflation Slows to Zero  
Japan’s consumer prices failed to rise in January for the first time in more than a year as households cut spending amid a deepening recession.
Tuesday February 24 2009
Japan Exports Plummet 45.7%  
Japan’s exports plunged 45.7 percent in January from a year earlier, resulting in a record trade deficit, as recessions in the U.S. and Europe smothered demand for the country’s cars and electronics.
Tuesday February 24 2009
The Bank of Japan’s Policy May No Longer be Effective  
In the last quarter of 2008, Japanese growth plunged to a 35-year low, contracting 12.7% annualized. Has the Bank of Japan used all available measures? What else can be done to stop the downturn spiral?
Tuesday February 17 2009
Japan's Recession is Deepening  
In the last quarter of 2008, Japan's economy shrank at an annual rate of 12.1 percent confirming that the downturn which began in November 2007 may become one of the longest recessions the Japanese economy has ever seen. What is behind the slump and what can be done to soften the downward spiral?
Sunday February 15 2009
Japan’s GDP Shrinks 12.7%  
Japan’s economy shrank at an annual 12.7 percent pace last quarter, the most since the 1974 oil shock, as recessions in the U.S. and Europe triggered a record drop in exports.
Thursday January 29 2009
Japan’s Jobless Rate Surges to 4.4%  
Japan’s unemployment rate rose in December as plunging exports prompted companies to cut output and workers, indicating consumer spending will weaken further.
Thursday January 29 2009
Japan’s Inflation Slows  
Japan’s consumer inflation slowed for a fourth month in December as oil prices tumbled and the nation’s recession intensified.
Thursday January 22 2009
Japan’s Recession is Deepening  
Economic data published over the last few weeks has been unequivocally showing that the Japanese economy may be in a much worst condition than many economists previously thought. In fact, the downturn which began in November 2007 may become one of the longest recessions the Japanese economy ever seen.
Wednesday January 21 2009
Japan Exports Plummet Record 35%  
Japan’s exports plunged by a record in December, signaling companies will be forced to shut factory lines and fire more workers, driving the economy deeper into recession.
Sunday January 18 2009
Japan's Recession is Deepening  
Economic data published over the last few weeks has been unequivocally showing that the Japanese economy may be in a much worst condition than many economists previously thought. In fact, the downturn which began in November 2007 may become one of the longest recessions the Japanese economy however seen.
Monday December 29 2008
Japan’s Jobless Rate Rises to 3.9%  
Japan’s unemployment rate rose in November as plunging exports prompted companies to fire workers.
Monday December 29 2008
Japan Inflation Rises Slightly  
Japan’s inflation rose at the slowest pace in seven months in November as oil and commodity costs tumbled and the deepening recession weakened demand.
Monday December 22 2008
Japan Exports Plunge Record 27%  
Japan’s exports plunged the most on record in November as global demand for cars and electronics collapsed, signaling more factory shutdowns and job cuts are likely as the recession deepens.
Friday December 19 2008
Bank of Japan Cuts Rate to 0.1%  
The Bank of Japan cut its benchmark interest rate to 0.1 percent, increased purchases of government debt and announced plans to buy commercial paper for the first time as the deepening recession starves companies of funds.
Tuesday December 09 2008
Japan’s Economy Shrinks 1.8%  
Japan’s economy shrank in the third quarter faster than the government initially estimated, after businesses cut spending and slashed inventories in anticipation of a prolonged recession.
Friday November 28 2008
Japan Jobless Rate Falls to 3.7%  
Japan’s unemployment rate unexpectedly fell in October as people stopped looking for work.
Friday November 28 2008
Japan Inflation Slows  
Japan’s inflation slowed for a second month in October as oil and commodity prices tumbled, providing relief to cash-strapped households in a recession.
Friday November 21 2008
BOJ Keeps Key Rate at 0.3%  
The Bank of Japan held its benchmark interest rate at 0.3 percent and said it will consider pumping more money into the financial system to prop up an economy that fell into a recession last quarter.
Thursday November 20 2008
Japan's Exports Fell the Most in Seven Years  
Japan's exports declined at the fastest pace in almost seven years in October as the intensifying global financial crisis stifled sales of cars and electronics.
Monday November 17 2008
Japan's Economy Shrinks 0.4%  
Japan's economy, the world's second largest, unexpectedly shrank in the third quarter, entering the first recession since 2001 as companies cut spending.
Friday October 31 2008
Japan's Jobless Rate Falls to 4%  
Japan's unemployment rate unexpectedly fell from a two-year high and job vacancies tumbled to a four-year low as job seekers stopped looking for work amid an economic slowdown.
Friday October 31 2008
BOJ Cuts Rate to 0.3%  
The Bank of Japan cut its benchmark interest rate to 0.3 percent in a split decision to help stave off a prolonged recession.
Wednesday October 29 2008
BOJ Rate-Cut Speculation Jumps  
Speculation the Bank of Japan will cut interest rates for the first time in seven years jumped after the Nikkei newspaper reported that the central bank may halve its target rate this we
Thursday October 23 2008
Japan Exports Rise Less Than Expected  
Japan's exports rose less than economists estimated in September as overseas demand weakened in the wake of a deepening global financial crisis.
Tuesday October 14 2008
Japan Posted Record Trade Deficit in August  
Japan posted its largest-ever trade deficit in August as soaring energy costs pushed up the nation's import bill and export growth cooled.
Friday October 10 2008
Japanese Exporters Could Be At Risk  
Not a long time ago, we thought that Japan will go through the global recession untouched. However, this week events were marked by a 24 percent drop in the NIKKEI which raised some doubts among international investors that this export dependent country will resist to a slowdown in the global economy.
Monday September 29 2008
Japan's Jobless Rate Rises to 4.2%  
Japan's unemployment rate rose to 4.2 percent in August, the highest in two years, and households cut spending, signaling consumers are unlikely to support the faltering economy.
Thursday September 25 2008
Japan's Inflation Exceeds 2% for Second Month  
Japan's consumer-price inflation exceeded 2 percent for a second month as companies passed on costs of food and other daily necessities.
Thursday September 25 2008
Japan's Export Growth Slows  
Japan's export growth slowed in August, led by a record drop in shipments to the U.S., increasing the likelihood the economy is in a recession.
Wednesday September 17 2008
BOJ Keeps Rate at 0.5%  
The Bank of Japan kept interest rates unchanged after pumping more than 5 trillion yen ($47 billion) into money markets in the wake of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.'s collapse.
Tuesday September 16 2008
Japan Stocks Dive to 3-Year Low  
Japanese stocks plunged to a three- year low after growing credit turmoil caused the failure of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. and endangered a plan to raise emergency capital by American International Group Inc.
Friday September 12 2008
Japan Economy Shrank 3% in Q2  
Japan's economy shrank 3 percent last quarter, the steepest contraction since 2001, as companies and households cut spending and exports fell.
Monday September 01 2008
Yen Rises  
The yen rose to the highest level in five months against the euro and rallied versus the dollar as a decline in stocks prompted traders to pare holdings of higher- yielding assets funded in the Japanese currency.
Monday September 01 2008
Asian Stocks Fall Most in 2 Weeks  
Asian stocks fell the most in almost two weeks, led by technology companies and automakers, on concern profits will decline as global economic growth slows.
Thursday August 28 2008
Japan's Unemployment Rate Falls to 4%  
Japan's unemployment rate stayed near the highest level since 2006 and job prospects worsened, signaling consumers are unlikely to bolster an economy that shrank last quarter.
Thursday August 28 2008
Japan Inflation Exceeds 2%  
Japan's inflation rate exceeded 2 percent for the first time in a decade as companies passed higher costs onto households, deterring spending and weakening the economy.
Wednesday August 27 2008
Asian Stocks Rise on U.S. Durable Goods Orders  
Asian stocks rose for a second day, led by mining companies and banks, after U.S. orders for durable goods unexpectedly advanced in July and concern eased that credit-market losses will widen.
Wednesday August 27 2008
Japan Stocks Fall  
Japan's stocks declined for a second day after developer Sohken Homes Co. filed for bankruptcy, sparking concern consumers are holding back on purchases as the economy slows.
Monday August 25 2008
Yen Advance on Reduced Demand for Higher Yields  
The yen rose against all of the other major currencies on bets credit market losses will widen, prompting investors to sell higher-yielding assets and pay back loans in Japan.
Monday August 25 2008
Japanese Stocks Climb  
Japanese shares rose for the first time in a week after crude oil dropped, and as credit-market concerns eased amid speculation Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. will receive an investment.
Thursday August 21 2008
Yen Rises as Credit-Market Losses Damp Demand for Higher Yields  
The yen rose to the highest level in three months against the euro as European and Asian stocks slid on concern that credit-market losses are widening, reducing demand for higher-yielding assets funded by loans in Japan.
Tuesday August 19 2008
Japan Stocks Fall on Credit Concern  
Japan's stocks fell, sending the Topix index to a four-month low, on renewed concern credit losses will dent profits at financial companies and as the Bank of Japan cut its assessment on the economy.
Tuesday August 19 2008
Yen Advances  
The yen rose to a three-month high against the euro as declines in stocks and concern financial firms will post more losses damped demand for higher-yielding assets funded by loans in Japan.
Tuesday August 19 2008
BOJ Keeps Rate at 0.5%  
The Bank of Japan said it became more pessimistic about the outlook for the economy and kept interest rates at the lowest level among industrial nations.
Friday August 15 2008
Asian Stocks Head for Third Weekly Decline  
Asian stocks fell, set for a third weekly decline, as lower oil and gold prices dragged down commodity shares and Europe joined Japan in reporting an economic contraction.
Wednesday August 13 2008
Yen Rises to 12-Week High  
The yen rose to a 12-week high against the euro and its strongest in two months versus the British pound as Japanese investors cut bets on higher-yielding assets abroad.
Wednesday August 13 2008
Japan Economy Shrinks 2.4%  
Japan's economy, the world's second biggest, contracted last quarter as exports fell and consumers spent less, bringing the country to the brink of its first recession in six years.
Saturday August 09 2008
Could Japan Fall in Recession?  
After 6 years of rapid expansion, the Japanese economy is beginning to slowdown and could even be in a recession phase. But, how bad this downturn is likely to be? Will the Japanese economy slow down as the United Kingdom or the United States economy did?
Thursday August 07 2008
Asian Stocks Drop  
Asian stocks fell, capping a second week of declines, after Sanyo Electric Co.'s operating profit dropped and UBS AG cut its rating on shipping companies.
Wednesday August 06 2008
Yen Rebounds from Seven-Month Low  
The yen rebounded from a seven-month low against the dollar on speculation Japanese exporters took advantage of its decline to repatriate overseas earnings at a more favorable rate than they initially assumed.
Friday August 01 2008
Yen Rises as Carry Trades Are Pared  
The yen rose to a two-week high against the euro as faltering global growth and falling stocks prompted traders to pare holdings of higher-yielding assets funded in Japan.
Tuesday July 29 2008
Yen Trades Near 1-Month Low  
The yen traded near a one-month low against the dollar on speculation Japanese investors will spend their summer bonuses on overseas assets offering higher yields.
Monday July 28 2008
Japan Jobless Rate Rises to 4.1%  
Japan's unemployment rate rose to the highest in almost two years in June and household spending fell, adding to signs that the economy's longest postwar expansion may be coming to an end.
Thursday July 24 2008
Japan Inflation Rises to 1.9%  
Japan's consumer prices rose at the fastest pace in a decade in June as higher food and gasoline costs squeezed household budgets, slowing economic growth.
Thursday July 24 2008
Japan's Exports Fall  
Japan's exports fell for the first time in more than four years as demand for cars and electronics cooled, signaling the U.S. slowdown is spreading to the emerging markets that helped sustain growth.
Tuesday July 22 2008
Japan Stocks Rise as Oil Drops  
Japan's stocks rose for a second day as crude oil sank to a six-week low, easing concern energy costs will dent profits and consumer demand for Japanese-made goods.
Tuesday July 15 2008
BOJ Keeps Interest Rate at 0.5%  
The Bank of Japan cut its economic growth forecast, raised its inflation estimate and kept the benchmark interest rate at 0.5 percent, saying higher commodity prices are hurting the expansion.
Tuesday July 08 2008
Asian Stocks Advance  
Asian stocks rallied the most in three weeks, led by banks and industrial companies, on speculation credit-market losses will ease and after crude oil prices retreated the most since March.
Tuesday July 08 2008
Yen Gains as Stocks Decline  
The yen rose against the dollar and euro on speculation widening mortgage-industry losses will prompt investors to pare holdings of higher-yielding assets funded with the Japanese currency.
Sunday July 06 2008
Japanese Stocks Fall  
Japanese stocks fell after newspaper reports said manufacturers are cutting capital spending in response to surging energy costs and weaker demand from the U.S.
Thursday July 03 2008
Asian Stocks Fall for Fourth Week  
Asian stocks fell, sending the region's benchmark index lower for a fourth week, as record oil and slowing growth dent profits.
Tuesday July 01 2008
Yen Trades Near 3-Week High  
The yen traded near a three-week high against the dollar as the Bank of Japan's quarterly Tankan survey showed business confidence among large manufacturers fell less than economists estimated.
Tuesday July 01 2008
Japan's Nikkei Average Falls 9th Day  
Japan's Nikkei 225 Stock Average fell for a ninth day, its longest losing streak in almost four years, as concern higher materials costs will erode earnings overshadowed gains by commodities companies.
Monday June 30 2008
Yen Climbs After Moody's Raises Japan's Local-Currency Rating  
The yen rose, paring its biggest quarterly decline against the euro in five years, after Moody's Investors Service raised Japan's local-currency debt rating.
Thursday June 26 2008
Yen Falls to Record Low Against Euro  
The yen fell to a record low against the euro as a decline in currency volatility encouraged investors to buy higher-yielding assets funded in Japan.
Wednesday June 25 2008
Japan's Exports Grow 3.7% in May  
Japan's exports grew at twice the pace economists estimated in May, as accelerating shipments to Asia helped the economy withstand a slump caused by falling demand from the U.S. and Europe.
Tuesday June 24 2008
Yen Declines to 11-Month Low  
The yen fell to an 11-month low against the euro on speculation Japanese investors will use summer bonuses to buy overseas assets offering higher yields than at home.
Wednesday June 18 2008
Japan Stocks Fall  
Japan's stocks dropped after hedge fund company Paulson & Co. said financial companies will write down more assets, rekindling concern credit-related losses will erode profit.
Tuesday June 17 2008
Is Inflation Good News for Japan?  
The recent spike in the price of food and oil, combined with a slowdown in the world economy caused by the credit squeeze, are bad news for most countries. Yet, may it be different for Japan?
Monday June 16 2008
Yen Falls as Asian Stock Gains Boost Confidence in Carry Trades  
The yen fell to a seven-month low against the euro as gains in Asian stocks encouraged investors to add to holdings of higher-yielding assets funded in the Japanese currency.
Thursday June 12 2008
Japanese Stocks Advance  
Japanese stocks advanced after U.S. retail sales rose at twice the forecast pace, raising confidence tax rebates will help prop up consumer spending in Japan's largest export market.
Tuesday June 10 2008
Japan's Economy Grew 4% Last Quarter  
Japan's first-quarter economic growth was faster than the government initially reported after figures showed businesses spent more than estimated.
Saturday June 07 2008
Japan's Jobless Rate Rises to 4.0%  
Japan's job vacancies fell to a three-year low in April and the unemployment rate rose as higher energy costs eroded profits and discouraged hiring.
Tuesday June 03 2008
Japan Stock Advances  
Japan's stocks rose after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben. S. Bernanke indicated the central bank will keep U.S. interest rates on hold, boosting the dollar and the earnings outlook for Japanese makers of cars and electronics.
Tuesday June 03 2008
Yen Rises to Two-Week High Against Euro  
The yen rose to a two-week high against the euro as concern credit-market losses will widen prompted investors to pare holdings of higher-yielding assets funded in the Japanese currency.
Wednesday May 28 2008
Yen Declines to One-Month Low Versus Euro  
The yen fell to a one-month low against the euro as rising stocks and falling oil spurred investors to add to holdings of higher-yielding assets funded in Japan's currency.
Tuesday May 27 2008
Japan's Nikkei Gains  
Japan's Nikkei 225 Stock Average gained after crude oil posted the biggest decline in a month, reducing concern higher fuel costs will eat into companies' profit.
Tuesday May 27 2008
Yen Falls to One-Month Low Versus Euro  
The yen fell to a one-month low against the euro as a rally in Asian stocks encouraged investors to add to holdings of higher-yielding assets funded in the Japanese currency.
Monday May 26 2008
Japanese Stocks Drop Most in Six Weeks  
Japanese stocks fell the most in six weeks as rising commodities prices sparked concern inflation will erode corporate profits, while the worsening U.S. housing market dimmed prospects for a recovery in the world's biggest economy.
Wednesday May 21 2008
Japan Export Growth Quickens to 4%  
Japan's export growth quickened in April as shipments to Asia and emerging markets helped the nation weather the U.S. slowdown.
Wednesday May 21 2008
Yen Rises as Stock Decline Spurs Investors to Cut Carry Trades  
The yen rose to the highest in more than a week against the dollar and climbed versus the euro as a decline in stocks prompted investors to pare holdings of higher- yielding assets funded in the Japanese currency.
Tuesday May 20 2008
BOJ Keeps Key Rate at 0.5%  
The Bank of Japan kept interest rates on hold at the first meeting after slashing its growth estimate and shelving a two-year policy of seeking higher borrowing costs.
Thursday May 15 2008
Japan's GDP Grew More-Than-Estimated  
Japan's economy grew 3.3 percent last quarter, faster than economists estimated, as exports to Asia and emerging markets helped the nation weather the U.S. slowdown.
Monday May 12 2008
Yen Trades Near One-Week Low Against Euro  
The yen traded near a one-week low against the euro as a rally in stocks eased concern credit market losses are deepening and encouraged investors to buy higher-yielding assets funded in Japan.
Sunday May 11 2008
Yen Rises Against Euro  
The yen traded near the highest in four weeks against the euro as concern credit-market losses are deepening prompted investors to pare holdings of higher-yielding assets funded in the Japanese currency.
Thursday May 08 2008
Yen Heads for Weekly Advance  
The yen headed for its biggest weekly gain in three months against the euro as a decline in global stock markets caused investors to sell higher-yielding assets financed with loans from Japan.
Tuesday May 06 2008
Japan’s Economy Could Slowdown in 2008  
This year could be a crucial one for the Japanese economy since it may bring the end to the expansion initiated in 2002. In fact, last week the BoJ lowered its forecast for economic growth from 2.1 per cent to 1.5 per cent for this fiscal year.
Sunday May 04 2008
Yen Trades Near 2-Month Low  
The yen traded near a two-month low against the dollar as a rally in equities gave investors confidence to buy higher-yielding assets financed in Japan.
Wednesday April 30 2008
Japan Stocks Fall  
Japan's stocks fell, led by commodities companies, paring the best monthly performance for the Nikkei 225 Stock Average in 13 years.
Wednesday April 30 2008
Bank of Japan Keeps Key Rate at 0.5%  
The Bank of Japan kept interest rates on hold and economists expect the policy board to cut its growth forecast in a twice-yearly report later today.
Friday April 25 2008
Japan Inflation Rise at Fastest Pace in Decade  
Japan's consumer prices rose at the fastest pace in a decade in March as companies passed on higher costs of gasoline and food to protect profits.
Tuesday April 22 2008
Japan's Exports Grow Only 2.3%  
Japan's exports rose in March at the slowest pace in almost three years as shipments to Asia lost momentum and the U.S. slowdown deep
Tuesday April 22 2008
Yen Rises  
The yen rose for the first time in seven days against the euro as a decline in Asian and European stocks prompted investors to pare holdings of higher-yielding assets funded in Japan.
Sunday April 20 2008
Yen Falls versus Euro  
The yen fell to near the lowest level this year against the euro after a rally in stocks gave investors confidence to buy higher-yielding currencies with funds from Japan.
Friday April 18 2008
Japan Stocks Advance for a Fifth Week  
Japan's stocks rose, capping the longest weekly winning streak in six months. Carmakers led gains as the weakening yen boosted confidence exporters' profits will hold up this year.
Thursday April 17 2008
Yen Falls as Rally in Stocks Boosts Confidence in Carry Trades  
The yen fell to its lowest in more than three months against the euro as a rally in Asian stocks gave investors confidence to buy higher-yielding currencies with loans from Japan.
Tuesday April 15 2008
Asian Stocks Advance for Second Day  
Asian stocks rose for a second day, led by technology companies and commodity producers, after Intel Corp. forecast sales that may top projections and crude oil prices climbed to a record.
Tuesday April 15 2008
Yen Falls as Sovereign Wealth Funds Bolster Market Confidence  
The yen fell against 12 of the 16 most-active currencies on speculation sovereign wealth funds will step up acquisitions, restoring confidence in holding higher-yielding assets funded in Japan.
Wednesday April 09 2008
Yen Trades Near 4-Week Low  
The yen traded near a four-week low against the dollar on speculation acting Bank of Japan Governor Governor Masaaki Shirakawa will show concern over a slowing economy after leaving interest rates unchanged today.
Wednesday April 09 2008
BOJ Keeps Rate at 0.5%  
The Bank of Japan kept interest rates on hold at the first meeting chaired by Masaaki Shirakawa and cut its assessment of the economy for the first time in four months amid concern a recession may be looming.
Monday April 07 2008
Yen Falls Against Dollar, Euro  
The yen fell the most in almost a week against the dollar and euro as stock gains encouraged investors to buy higher-yielding assets funded in Japan.
Thursday April 03 2008
Japan Stocks Fall  
Japanese stocks fell after claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly jumped in the U.S. and late payments on consumer debt rose to a 15-year high, pointing to a worsening outlook for companies reliant on U.S. consumer spending.
Tuesday April 01 2008
Yen Little Changed Against Dollar  
The yen was little changed against the dollar as a quarterly Tankan survey showed sentiment among large manufacturers declined, raising expectations the Bank of Japan will cut interest rates this year.
Sunday March 30 2008
Japan Stocks Decline  
Japan's stocks declined after U.S.- based J.C. Penney Co. cut its profit target, adding to evidence spending is falling in the nation's biggest export market.
Wednesday March 26 2008
Will the Japanese Government Intervene?  
Since last June, the Japanese yen has soared almost 30% against the U.S. dollar, reaching a 12-year high of ¥95.76 few days ago. However, despite the benefits of having a strong currency, the sudden appreciation could become a serious threat not only for carry trade profitability but also for Japanese exporters and stock markets.
Tuesday March 25 2008
Stocks Climb in Europe, Asia  
Stocks rallied in Europe and Asia, led by banks, after the takeover of Bear Stearns Cos. reduced the risk of financial companies collapsing. U.S. index futures rose.
Monday March 24 2008
Yen Falls as Stock-Futures Gains  
The yen and Swiss franc fell against most of the major currencies as an advance in U.S. stock-index futures prompted traders to buy higher-yielding assets funded by cheap loans in Japan and Switzerland.
Monday March 17 2008
Asian Stocks Tumble after Bear Demise  
Asian stock markets took a beating on Monday after JPMorgan agreed to buy stricken Bear Stearns for a cut-price $2 a share, a deal that spurred a sell-off across the region as worries the global credit squeeze could claim more victims overshadowed new efforts by the Federal Reserve to bolster market liquidity.
Tuesday March 11 2008
Japan's GDP Grows More Than Forecast  
Japan's economy grew more than economists predicted in the fourth quarter as exports helped the nation weather a drop in housing investment.
Sunday March 09 2008
Asia Stocks Fall  
Asian stocks fell to a seven-week low, led by mining companies and automakers, after unexpected job losses in the U.S. last month heightened concern the world's largest economy is in recession.
Sunday March 02 2008
Asian Stocks Drop on Growth, Credit Loss Concerns  
Asian stocks had the biggest drop in almost two weeks, led by banks and automakers, on deepening concerns credit losses at financial companies will increase and the U.S. economy is headed for a recession.
Thursday February 28 2008
Japan Jobless Rate Stays at 3.8%  
Japan's unemployment rate was unchanged in January and job vacancies stayed at a two-year low, giving consumers more reasons to pare spending.
Thursday February 28 2008
Japan's Inflation Rises  
Japan's consumer prices rose for a fourth month in January, matching the fastest pace in more than nine years, as companies passed on higher costs of oil, wheat and soybeans.
Sunday February 24 2008
Yen Declines as Stock Rally  
The yen fell against 15 of the 16 most-active currencies on speculation rising stock prices will give investors confidence to increase purchases of higher- yielding assets funded with loans in the Japanese currency.
Wednesday February 20 2008
Japan's Export Growth Unexpectedly Quickens to 7.7%  
Japan's export growth unexpectedly quickened for the first time in three months, as shipments to Asia and Europe made up for declining U.S. sales.
Wednesday February 20 2008
Japanese Stocks Advance After Yen Weakens  
Japan's stocks gained after the yen weakened against the dollar, boosting the value of overseas sales for companies such as Honda Motor Co. and Hitachi Ltd.
Wednesday February 20 2008
Yen Trades Near Three-Week Low Against Euro  
The yen traded near a three-week low against the euro after a rally in U.S. stocks restored confidence in buying higher-yielding assets funded in Japan.
Friday February 15 2008
Bank of Japan Keeps Rate at 0.5%  
The Bank of Japan kept interest rates on hold amid concern that slowing global economic growth will cut demand for exports and costlier energy and materials will damp spending at home.
Wednesday February 13 2008
Japan Economy Grows 3.7%  
Japan's economy grew a more-than- estimated 3.7 percent last quarter as exports to Asia and emerging markets helped companies weather a U.S. slowdown.
Monday February 11 2008
Yen Rises Against Euro, Dollar  
The yen rose against all but two of 16 most-active currencies as a decline in Asian and European stocks prompted investors to reduce holdings of higher-yielding assets bought with loans from Japan.
Wednesday February 06 2008
Will Japan fall in recession this year?  
This year could be a crucial one for Japanese economy since it may bring the end to expansion initiated in 2002. In fact, a lot of economic indicators suggest that the economy has already tumbled and recession will begin pretty soon.
Tuesday February 05 2008
Yen Rises to One-Week High Against Euro  
The yen rose to a one-week high versus the euro as a slump in global stocks encouraged investors to pare holdings of higher-yielding assets financed in Japan.
Monday February 04 2008
Asian Stocks Fall on Earnings Concern  
Asian stocks fell for the first time in four days as a lower profit forecast from Olympus Corp. and downgrades of Posco and South Korean shipbuilders by Goldman, Sachs & Co. fueled concern regional earnings growth will slow.
Monday February 04 2008
Yen Falls as Stock Gains  
The yen fell against all 16 most- active currencies as European stocks rose and Asia's benchmark equity index advanced to a three-week high, prompting investors to purchase higher-yielding assets funded by low-cost loans in Japan.
Thursday January 31 2008
Yen Posts Biggest Monthly Advance Versus Dollar Since 2001  
The yen posted its biggest monthly advance against the dollar since 2001 as losses in global stocks prompted investors to sell high-yielding assets funded with low- cost loans from Japan.
Tuesday January 29 2008
Yen Rises on Concern Credit-Market Losses to Slow Global Growth  
The yen gained against all 16 of the most-active currencies on speculation credit-market losses will prompt investors to sell higher-yielding assets.
Monday January 28 2008
Japan's Jobless Rate Holds at 3.8%  
Japan's unemployment rate was unchanged in December and a key gauge of job vacancies fell to a two-year low, adding to evidence that consumer spending may slow.
Monday January 28 2008
Yen Declines as Gains in U.S. Stocks Encourage Carry Trades  
The yen declined against 14 of the 16 most-active currencies after U.S. stocks advanced, encouraging investors to increase holdings of higher-yielding assets bought with money borrowed in Japan.
Sunday January 27 2008
Asian Stocks Fall on Recession Concerns  
Asian stocks fell for the first time in four days on concern a slowdown in the world's two largest economies will weaken consumer demand and drag on global growth.
Friday January 25 2008
Yen Falls as Confidence Edges Back, Stocks Rally  
The yen fell broadly on Friday as a rally in global stocks fuelled appetite for riskier trades, putting the low-yielding Japanese currency under pressure.
Thursday January 24 2008
Japan Stocks Rally for Third Day on U.S. Economic Stimulus Plan  
Japanese stocks rallied for a third day after U.S. lawmakers agreed on a plan to pay rebates to families to boost consumer spending.
Thursday January 24 2008
Japan's Inflation Rate Doubles to 0.8% as Oil Surges  
Japan's inflation rate doubled in December to the fastest in more than nine years, as companies passed rising oil and commodity costs to consumers.
Wednesday January 23 2008
Japan Export Growth Cools for a Second Month  
Japan's export growth slowed for a second month in December as a slump in U.S. demand sapped sales of cars and electronics in the country's biggest market.
Wednesday January 23 2008
Yen Rises as Investors Pare Carry Trades  
The yen rose across the board on Wednesday as falling European stocks encouraged investors to reduce exposure to risky assets.
Tuesday January 22 2008
Asian Markets Plunge for Second Day  
Stocks plummeted across Asia for a second day on Tuesday on unrelenting fears that the US, Asia’s most important trading partner, is heading into recession.
Saturday January 19 2008
Yen Reaches Strongest Since 2005  
The yen reached the strongest since May 2005 against the dollar as concern mounted that the U.S. is headed for recession.
Friday January 18 2008
Yen Falls as Stocks Rebound  
The yen fell against the 16 most- active currencies as a rally in global stocks before President George W. Bush announces plans to bolster the U.S. economy spurred demand for so-called carry trades.
Thursday January 17 2008
Yen Rises Against Dollar, Euro  
The yen rose after the Fed and the ECB said economic growth is slowing, prompting speculation they will lower interest rates.
Wednesday January 16 2008
Yen Strengthens as Global Growth Concern Deters Carry Trades  
The yen rose against the 16 most- active currencies as concern global growth is slowing spurred traders to reduce holdings of higher-yielding assets bought with funds from Japan.
Tuesday January 15 2008
Yen Surges to 2-1/2-year High vs Dollar  
The yen rose to its highest level against the dollar since June 2005 as investors exited riskier assets after soft U.S. retail sales data added to fears the economy could be headed for recession.
Friday January 11 2008
Yen Rises as Traders Pare Carry Trades on Credit-Market Losses  
The yen rose against all 16 most- active currencies as signs credit-market losses are worsening prompted investors to pare carry trades, where they use funds from Japan to buy higher-yielding assets.
Monday January 07 2008
Yen Falls as Japanese Funds Buy Higher-Yielding Overseas Assets  
The yen fell against 15 of the world's 16 most-actively traded currencies as Japanese investors sent more money overseas in search of higher returns.
Friday December 28 2007
Japan Inflation Quickens to 0.4%  
Japan's inflation rose at the fastest pace in more than nine years in November and industrial production and household spending declined, signaling rising oil costs may derail the economy's longest postwar expansion.
Friday December 28 2007
Nikkei Ends 2007 Down 11 Percent  
Japanese stocks slumped, with both benchmark indexes having the first annual decline in five years, after Goldman, Sachs & Co. predicted more writedowns on subprime-linked securities losses.
Wednesday December 26 2007
Yen Trades Near Seven-Week Low as BOJ Cites  
The yen traded near a seven-week low against the dollar on speculation the Bank of Japan will refrain from raising interest rates after policy makers said risks to global economic growth are increasing.
Thursday December 20 2007
Japan's Export Growth Cools in November  
Japan's export growth cooled in November as the U.S. housing recession cut demand for automobiles and construction equipment.
Thursday December 20 2007
BOJ Keeps Interest Rate at 0.5%  
The Bank of Japan refrained from raising interest rates in the first unanimous decision since June, after business confidence fell and central banks provided cash to counter a credit squeeze that threatens global growth.
Thursday December 13 2007
Yen Rallies as Risk Appetite Recedes  
The yen rallied from a one-month low against the dollar and the euro on Thursday as the initial euphoria over a concerted effort by global central banks to ease liquidity concerns faded.
Thursday December 06 2007
Japan Economy Grew Slower Than Initially Reported  
Japan's third-quarter expansion was lower than the government initially reported, and growth may lose more steam because of a slump in domestic housing construction and waning U.S. demand.
Tuesday December 04 2007
Japan's Unemployment Rate at 4% for a Second Month  
Japan's unemployment rate held at 4 percent for a second month, in October suggesting that a recovery in consumer spending may falter.
Tuesday December 04 2007
Japanese CPI Rises 0.1% in October  
Japan's economy showed its first signs of inflation this year after gasoline prices surged. Core CPI, which exclude fresh food, climbed 0.1 percent in October from a year earlier, the first increase since December 2006.
Wednesday November 21 2007
Yen Rises to Two-Year High Versus Dollar  
The yen rose to the highest level in more than two years against the dollar on concern widening credit-market losses and record fuel costs will slow global economic growth.
Wednesday November 21 2007
Japan's Exports Rise to Record in October  
Japan's exports rose to a record in October as companies shipped more cars and electronics to Asia and Europe, easing concern that a slowdown in the U.S. will cool the economy's expansion.
Monday November 19 2007
Credit Worries Hit Stocks and Lift Yen  
World stock markets fell on Monday, with European shares slipping into losing territory for the year in another tremor over the credit crunch, while Japan's yen gained as investors cut back on their riskier holdings.
Tuesday November 13 2007
Yen Declines as Japan Holds Interest Rate  
The yen fell against 16 of the most- traded currencies as Bank of Japan Governor Toshihiko Fukui said there was no set time for raising interest rates.
Monday November 12 2007
Japan's Economic Growth Rebounds as Exports Climb  
Japan's economy grew faster than economists forecast in the third quarter as an unexpected increase in consumer spending countered a drop in housing construction.
Sunday November 11 2007
Yen Rises to 1 1/2-Year High Against Dollar  
The yen rose to a 1 1/2-year high against the dollar as a slump in Asian stocks prompted investors to cut holdings of higher-yielding assets bought with money borrowed in Japan.
Thursday November 01 2007
Yen Rose Among Renewed Fear About Credit Market Losses  
The yen rose against the 16 most traded currencies as stock analysts cut their ratings on Citigroup Inc., renewing concern credit-market losses will spread and prompt investors to exit bets funded by loans in Japan.
Wednesday October 31 2007
Bank of Japan Keeps Rates on Hold  
The Bank of Japan on Wednesday lowered its forecasts for growth and inflation this year and held interest rates steady, but maintained its view that the country’s economy was likely to continue its sustained expansion.
Monday October 29 2007
Japan's Unemployment Rate Unexpectedly Rises for Second Month  
Japan's unemployment rate unexpectedly rose for a second month and the Labor Ministry downgraded its assessment of the jobs market as hiring slowed.
Tuesday October 23 2007
Japan's Trade Surplus Widens 62.7% in September  
Japan's trade surplus widened in September as exports to China and Europe grew and imports fell for the first time in more than three years.
Sunday October 21 2007
Yen Rises to Six-Week High  
The yen rose to a six-week high against the dollar after the Group of Seven nations said a credit-market rout will slow economic growth, prompting investors to sell riskier assets bought with loans in Japan.
Thursday October 18 2007
Yen Rises as Stock Market Declines Spur Cut in Carry Trades  
The yen rose against all 16 of the most-active currencies as a decline in stocks prompted investors to sell higher-yielding assets bought with loans in Japan.
Thursday October 11 2007
Bank of Japan Keeps Key Rate at 0.5%  
BoJ refrained from raising interest rates after confidence at small companies deteriorated and as policy makers assess the effect of the U.S. housing slump on economic growth.
Thursday September 27 2007
Japan's August CPI Slides 0.1%  
Japan's consumer prices fell for a seventh month in August, as retailers absorbed higher costs to attract customers.
Wednesday September 26 2007
Japan Trade Surplus Surges on Exports of Autos, Steel  
Japan's August trade surplus widened to 743.2 billion yen ($6.5 billion), three times higher than economists predicted, as car and steel shipments jumped and import growth slowed.
Wednesday September 19 2007
BOJ Keeps Rate at 0.5% as Economy Shrinks  
The Bank of Japan kept interest rates unchanged after the economy shrank last quarter and the U.S. Federal Reserve cut borrowing costs to avert a recession.
Thursday August 30 2007
Japanese unemployment rate fells to 3.6% in July  
The jobless rate fell to 3.6 percent in July, the lowest since February 1998, from 3.7 percent. A ratio that shows how many positions are on offer for each job seeker held at 1.07, near a 14-year low of 1.09.
Thursday August 30 2007
Japan's Consumer Prices Fall 0.1% in July  
Japan's consumer prices declined for a sixth straight month in July, signaling the world's second- largest economy has yet to overcome a decade of deflation. Industrial production and household spending dropped.
Tuesday August 28 2007
Yen Advances to One-Week High as Investors Reduce Carry Trades  
The yen climbed to the strongest in a week against the euro and the dollar as speculation banks will report more credit-market losses pushed traders to sell higher- yielding assets funded by loans in Japan.
Monday August 27 2007
Yen Gains Versus Euro, Dollar as Investors Reduce Carry Trades  
The yen rose for a second day against the euro and the dollar as a drop in Asian stocks prompted traders to pare higher-yielding investments funded by loans in Japan.
Thursday August 23 2007
Bank of Japan Keeps Rate at 0.5%  
The Bank of Japan kept interest rates unchanged after a global credit rout clouded the outlook for growth in the world's second-largest economy.
Wednesday August 22 2007
Yen Falls on Speculation the BOJ will Keep Rates Unchanged  
The yen may weaken against the dollar for a second day on speculation the Bank of Japan will hold interest rates steady, giving investors confidence to borrow in Japan and buy riskier assets elsewhere.
Tuesday August 21 2007
Japan's Trade Surplus Narrows as Export Growth Slows  
Japan's trade surplus narrowed in July as automobile exports cooled, heightening concern that growth in the world's second-largest economy may slow. The surplus fell 21.1 percent to 671.2 billion yen ($5.9 billion).
Wednesday August 15 2007
Japanese yen rises and stock markets fall worlwide  
The yen rose to the highest in more than four months against the euro and dollar as stock losses linked to subprime debt pushed investors to pare holdings of higher-yielding assets funded by loans in Japan.
Monday August 13 2007
Japan's GDP Growth Slows in Q2  
Japan's economic growth slowed more than economists forecast in the second quarter, making it less likely the central bank will raise interest rates next week after a global credit crunch.
Tuesday July 31 2007
Japanese Unemployment Rate Declines  
The drop in wages came even as the unemployment rate sank to 3.7 percent in June, the lowest in nine years, from 3.8 percent in May.
Monday July 30 2007
The Japanese yen looks vulnerable to Carry Trades  
The Japanese yen has been the main beneficiary of last week’s carry unwind but the situation seems to be reversing. On Monday the yen fell against all the major currency pairs on concerns over the political situation in Japan.
Friday July 27 2007
July CPI down 0.2%  
The consumer price index for Japan in June 2007 was 100.2 (2005=100), down 0.2% from the previous month, and down 0.2% over the previous year.
Wednesday July 25 2007
Japan's Trade Surplus Rises as Weak Yen Helps Exports  
Japan's trade surplus surged in June as a weaker yen and higher overseas demand for electronics and cars helped exports rise at the fastest pace in five months.
Thursday July 12 2007
Bank of Japan Keeps Key Rate at 0.5%  
The Bank of Japan voted 8-1 on July 12 to keep its benchmark interest rate unchanged as it waits for more proof that economic growth will be sustained and inflation will take hold.
Thursday June 07 2007
Japan's jobless rate fell to a nine-year low in April  
Japan's jobless rate unexpectedly fell to a nine-year low in April and consumer spending increased for a fourth month, suggesting the economy is resilient enough to withstand higher interest rates.
Thursday June 07 2007
Japan's trade balance surplus rose to 926.7 billion yen  
Capital spending surged 13.6 percent to the highest ever in the first quarter, the Finance Ministry said, prompting economists to say corporate outlays were stronger than the initial GDP report suggested.
Thursday June 07 2007
Japan's economy probably grew more than the government expected  
Capital spending surged 13.6 percent to the highest ever in the first quarter, the Finance Ministry said, prompting economists to say corporate outlays were stronger than the initial GDP report suggested.
Thursday June 07 2007
Japan's consumer prices fell at a slower pace in April  
Japan's consumer prices fell at a slower pace in April, signaling gains may soon resume, making it easier for the central bank to raise interest rates.
Thursday June 07 2007
Bank of Japan Kept the Overnight Interest Rate at 0.5 percent  
On its Monetary Policy Meeting held on May 17, 2007, the Bank of Japan decided, by a unanimous vote, to keep the uncollateralized overnight call rate at 0.5 percent.
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