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Japan’s weak yen increasing import costs

In a bid to revive the country’s economy, Japanese policymakers are sticking to a weak yen in the short term to achieving their goal. A weak yen has, as a result, boosted import costs, worsening the country’s trade deficit. With

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Japan's weak yen increasing import costs

In a bid to revive the country’s economy, Japanese policymakers are sticking to a weak yen in the short term to achieving their goal. A weak yen has, as a result, boosted import costs, worsening the country’s trade deficit. With

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Japan’s deflation on the rise

Japan has reported a fall in consumer prices for a third consecutive month, falling 0.2% in January from a year earlier. The figures do not include food items. Japan has been battling deflation, which has posed challenges to policymakers who

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Japan’s economy contracts by 0.9%

Japan has reported a contraction of 0.9% in its economy in the July to September quarter compared with the previous three months. The contraction comes amid global economic slowdown and anti-Japan protests in China, hurting Japan’s exports. Adding to the

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The Japanese tragedy

BRAD DELONG posts a question: “Japan is now 40 to 50 percent below what the world in 1991 would have estimated their GDP to be in 2012. Do we attribute this to: The forecasting community was just wrong–Japan was having

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Japan retail sales and household spending continues in April

Japan’s retail sales and household spending continued to rise in April, albeit at a slower pace than in earlier months and after the government took steps to boost demand. Retail sales climbed by 5.8% from a year earlier, while household

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Sony reports record loss amid disasters and strong yen

Japanese electronics maker Sony has reported a record annual loss as natural disasters last year and a strong yen hurt its earnings. The firm reported a net loss of 456.7bn yen ($5.7bn; £3.5bn) for the year to the end of

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Bank of Japan announces fresh stimulus to boost growth

The Bank of Japan (BOJ) has increased its stimulus programme for the second time in just over two months in a bid boost the country’s economic growth. The central bank said it would expand its purchase of Japanese government bonds

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