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Amazon sets December launch date in Japan for Echo Show display-speaker hybrid

via The Japan Times    Sep 21, 2018 Inc. said Thursday it will sell its Echo Show display-speaker hybrid in Japan starting in December, with the aim of further cementing its position ...

Japan inflation ticks up but central bank’s target still out of reach

via The Japan Times    Sep 21, 2018

The nationwide core consumer price index in August rose 0.9 percent from a year earlier. | BLOOMBERG

The nation’s annual core consumer inflation ticked up slightly in August but remained distant from the Bank of Japan’s 2 percent target, suggesting that monetary ...

Japan’s household assets rise for eighth straight quarter thanks to positive performance of shares

via The Japan Times    Sep 20, 2018

Financial assets held by Japanese households stood at ¥1.8 quadrillion ($16.5 trillion) at the end of June, rising for the eighth straight quarter, the Bank ...

Japan exports rise on growing U.S.-bound shipments amid trade war fears

via The Japan Times    Sep 19, 2018

Toyota Motor Corp. vehicles are seen in car carrier trailers at Nagoya Port on July 31. Japan's exports rose 6.6 percent in August from a year earlier. | BLOOMBERG

Japan’s export growth accelerated in August from the previous month, supported by stronger shipments to the United States, in a sign that escalating trade friction ...

Japan-Thai packaging manufacture joint venture starts operations near Bangkok

via The Japan Times    Sep 19, 2018

A joint Japan-Thailand packaging manufacturing venture has opened a plant near Bangkok to meet growing demand from the food industry in the Southeast Asian country.T.A.K. ...

BOJ stands pat on stimulus policy, says it will monitor impact of recent tweaks

via The Japan Times    Sep 19, 2018

The Bank of Japan kept its aggressive monetary stimulus policy unchanged after a two-day meeting through Wednesday, opting instead to monitor the effectiveness of recent ...

Unilateral trade actions won’t solve problems, says Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at Tianjin summit

By Sayuri Daimon
- via The Japan Times    Sep 19, 2018

A worker walks by a construction site barrier decorated to show Chinese and foreign shoppers at the Central Business District in Beijing on Wednesday. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang appealed Wednesday for support for free trade, and promised to improve conditions for foreign companies in the country following tit-for-tat U.S. and Chinese tariff hikes in an escalating battle over Beijing's technology policy. | AP

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said Wednesday that unilateral trade actions will not solve any problems, stressing that multilateralism should instead be upheld.“It is essential that ...

Dollar firmer above ¥112.30 in late Tokyo trading

via The Japan Times    Sep 19, 2018

The dollar was stronger above ¥112.30 in Tokyo trading late Wednesday, although its upside was limited by selling to lock in profits.At 5 p.m., the ...

Bank of Japan begins two-day meeting as it looks to debate impact of recent policy tweaks

via The Japan Times    Sep 18, 2018

Bank of Japan policymakers were expected to discuss the effectiveness of recent tweaks to monetary stimulus at a two-day meeting that began Tuesday, with fresh ...

Japan’s oldest winemaker readies for onslaught of European grapes following trade deal

By Aya Takada,Hiromi Horie
- via The Japan Times    Sep 18, 2018

Mercian Corp. workers inspect pinot noir grapes at the Chateau Mercian winery in Katsunuma, Yamanashi Prefecture, on Sept. 7. | BLOOMBERG

With the removal of tariffs on European wines as soon as next year, Kirin Holdings Co.’s winemaking unit is betting on Japanese grapes to weather ...

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