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Japan's core inflation hits two-year low, might push BoJ to ease again soon
Japan’s core inflation slowed to its weakest in about two years in June, underlining policymakers’ long battle to boost consumer prices and adding to speculation the Bank of Japan could deliver more stimulus later this month.
Cabinet OKs reforms to address Japan's labor market woes
The Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe approved Friday a suite of labor reforms designed to solve Japan’s demographic challenges while creating conditions to promote job growth, particularly for those struggling to find stable work.
Japan's Q1 GDP grows at faster pace, but trade war blunts outlook
Japan’s economy grew slightly faster than initially estimated in the first quarter, thanks to stronger capital spending, but analysts say global trade tensions remain a drag on growth and raise risks to the outlook for the export-reliant nation.
Reuters poll: Japan's economy likely shrank in Q1 on weak domestic demand, exports
Japan’s economy likely contracted slightly in the first quarter as corporate and consumer spending weakened, a Reuters poll showed on Friday.
Japan's March factory output decline flags risk of GDP contraction
Japan’s industrial output fell in January-March at the fastest pace in almost five years, suggesting the economy may post a mild contraction in the first quarter as manufacturers struggle with the US-Sino trade war.
Japan's imported auto sales hit second-highest level in 2018
Sales of imported foreign-brand vehicles in Japan in fiscal 2018 increased 1.2 percent from the previous year to 307,682 units, marking their second-highest level ever, the Japan Automobile Importers Association said on Thursday.
Japan's machinery orders dipped again in December
Japan’s core private sector machinery orders fell slightly in December, signaling a more cautious stance by companies toward spending amid risks to the global economy, government data showed on Monday.
Half of Japan's regional banks to back Mizuho Bank's new cashless payment system
About half of around 100 regional banks in Japan will introduce a new cashless payment system developed by Mizuho Financial Group Inc. starting in late March, sources close to the matter said on Saturday.
Reuters poll: Japan's economy set to rebound on capex, consumer spending in Q4
Japan’s economy likely rebounded in the fourth quarter led by capital expenditure and consumer spending but weak exports could dampen the momentum, a Reuters poll showed on Friday.
Japan's labor shortage hits 45-year high
There were 161 jobs for every 100 jobseekers on average last year in Japan, the highest ratio since 1973, highlighting the labor shortage in the world's third-largest economy and its ageing society.
Japan's 10-day holiday stirs concern in traders, investors
To mark the ascension of Japan's new emperor, the government declared an unprecedented 10-day holiday from late April to early May, worrying investors, who say a market shutdown could cause disruption and unsettle the yen.
Japan's Abe says vigilant to global economic risks clouding recovery
Japan’s government will keep a close eye on looming risks to a global economic recovery as it guides policy, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in an interview aired by public broadcaster NHK on Sunday.
Japan's top FX official warns against excessive yen volatility
A top Japanese finance ministry official on Friday said the government would respond to wild swings in currency markets if needed, in comments analysts say were aimed at talking down the yen after its surged to a nine-month high this week.
Japan's top MOF official: low long-term rates hurting banks
Japan’s top finance ministry bureaucrat said on Friday that domestic financial institutions were facing severe strain as long-term interest rates remained low due to the Bank of Japan’s massive monetary stimulus.
Japan's view on US ties worsens on Trump's trade push: Yomiuri
Japan’s popular perception of the country’s ties with the United States worsened significantly this year, an opinion poll showed on Wednesday, battered by US President Donald Trump’s hostile trade policies.

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