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Dollar stronger above ¥110.60 in late Tokyo trading

via The Japan Times    Feb 12, 2019

The dollar was stronger above ¥110.60 in Tokyo trading late Tuesday, supported mainly by higher Japanese share prices.At 5 p.m., the dollar stood at ¥110.61-61, ...

Record $135 billion loss by Japan’s pension fund shows shifting from bonds to stocks has a cost

via The Japan Times    Feb 08, 2019

A record quarterly loss at the Government Pension Investment Fund is prompting a debate on whether its shift to stocks from bonds went too far. | BLOOMBERG

A record quarterly loss at the world’s largest pension fund is prompting a debate on whether its shift to stocks from bonds was excessive.Domestic debt ...

Examining the high price of Japan’s water systems

By Philip Brasor,Masako Tsubuku
- via The Japan Times    Feb 08, 2019

The Diet passed legislation that allows private sectors to enter the waterworks industry as maintenance costs become an increasingly arduous burden for local municipalities. | GETTY IMAGES

When we were negotiating for the purchase of a piece of land, the realtor told us that the lot we were interested in had no ...

Tokyo stocks battered amid dearth of buying incentives

via The Japan Times    Feb 07, 2019

Stocks lost ground on the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Thursday following selling to take advantage of higher share prices amid a dearth of fresh buying ...

Dissecting the Bank of Japan’s zero-rate policy 20 years on

By Brett Miller,Toru Fujioka
- via The Japan Times    Feb 06, 2019

Twenty years ago this month, the Bank of Japan adopted zero interest rates, taking central banking into uncharted waters. | BLOOMBERG

Long before the U.S. and Europe embraced radical monetary policies last decade during the global financial crisis there was the Bank of Japan.Twenty years ago ...

With G20 nations beset by challenges ahead of Osaka meet, do summit’s engagement groups have answers?

By Eric Johnston
- via The Japan Times    Feb 06, 2019

Naoyuki Yoshino, dean of the Asian Development Bank Institute, speaks during the organization's annual conference in Tokyo in 2016. | BLOOMBERG

In the run-up to the Group of Twenty Leaders’ Summit in Osaka in late June, several related meetings known as engagement groups are scheduled to ...

Nikkei turns moderately higher on Wall Street rally

via The Japan Times    Feb 06, 2019

The benchmark Nikkei average rebounded modestly on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Wednesday, aided by an extended rally on Wall Street.The 225-issue Nikkei average climbed 29.61 ...

Zombie Abenomics

By Richard Katz
- via Foreign Affairs    Nov 20, 2014

A foreign exchange trading company in Tokyo, November 12, 2014.  (Toru Hanai / Courtesy Reuters)

Japan's Missing Economic Revival November 20, 2014 Richard Katz Summary:  Abe’s economic revival is hardly going as planned. A consumption tax hike that he introduced in April triggered ...

Print Less but Transfer More

By Mark Blyth,Eric Lonergan
- via Foreign Affairs    Aug 18, 2014

Why Central Banks Should Give Money Directly to the People August 18, 2014 Mark Blyth and Eric Lonergan Summary:  Most economists agree that the global economy is stagnating and that governme...

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