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Japan’s tankan economic survey shows sentiment remains flat

via The Japan Times    Dec 14, 2018

A key quarterly economic survey by the Bank of Japan shows sentiment among large manufacturers remained unchanged. | AFP-JIJI

A key quarterly economic survey by the Bank of Japan shows sentiment among large manufacturers remained unchanged between November and December, even as worries about ...

Japan Post eyes up to 8% stake in U.S. insurer Aflac

via The Japan Times    Dec 14, 2018

Japan Post Holdings Co., which is in a partnership with Aflac Inc.'s Japanese arm, hopes to expand its tie-up to include the joint development of insurance products. | BLOOMBERG

Japan Post Holdings Co. plans to acquire a 7 to 8 percent stake in U.S. insurer Aflac Inc. for about ¥300 billion as part of ...

Japan’s ruling bloc approves tax reforms, with breaks for home and car buyers

via The Japan Times    Dec 14, 2018

The government says it will cut taxes on car ownership to coincide with the Oct. 1 consumption tax hike. Car owners will save between ¥1,000 to ¥4,500 a year, with the deepest cuts for those with small cars. | BLOOMBERG

The ruling coalition approved Friday a tax reform package for fiscal 2019 starting in April that gives consumers greater incentives to buy homes and cars, ...

Nikkei takes 441-point downswing after two-day rebound

via The Japan Times    Dec 14, 2018

Stocks turned sharply lower Friday on the Tokyo Stock Exchange after being hit by a wave of selling on a two-day rally.The 225-issue Nikkei average ...

Japan’s current economic expansion confirmed as second-longest since WWII

via The Japan Times    Dec 13, 2018

The country's current economic expansion has become its second-longest in the postwar era, surpassing the 57-month boom between 1965 and 1970. | BLOOMBERG

Japan’s current economic expansion has become its second-longest in the postwar era, a government panel concluded Thursday, surpassing the 57-month boom between 1965 and 1970.The ...

Tokyo stocks rebound on buying on dips

via The Japan Times    Dec 07, 2018

Stocks rebounded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Friday, supported by purchases after the previous day’s plunge.The 225-issue Nikkei average rose 177.06 points, or 0.82 ...

Dollar almost flat around ¥113.10 in late Tokyo trading

via The Japan Times    Dec 05, 2018

The dollar was almost flat around ¥113.10 in Tokyo trading late Wednesday, after overcoming the early sluggishness thanks to Tokyo stocks’ resilience.At 5 p.m., the ...

Deputy governor says Bank of Japan has room to boost stimulus

via The Japan Times    Dec 05, 2018

Bank of Japan Deputy Gov. Masazumi Wakatabe said Wednesday the central bank should not hesitate to ramp up stimulus if risks to the economy threaten ...

Volkswagen Japan reports dozens of improper car inspections related to exhaust emissions and fuel economy

via The Japan Times    Dec 05, 2018

The Japanese arm of Volkswagen AG said Wednesday it has found 83 cases in which exhaust emissions and fuel economy data were improperly recorded for ...

Japan’s initial 2019 budget to top ¥100 trillion for first time

via The Japan Times    Dec 05, 2018

The government’s initial budget for fiscal 2019 is set to top ¥100 trillion ($885 billion) for the first time, reflecting a sweeping fiscal stimulus package ...




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