Business News

British Week Supports UK Firms

Sept. 13, 2017

The best of UK produce has been brought to Mitsukoshi in Nihonbashi as part of the luxury department store’s annual British Week, held twice over 6th–18th September. With a range of items on sale and display each week, the event this year  focuses on offering what Mitsukoshi describes as “an elegant and lovely teatime that is ... Read more

Japan in the News: July 21- July 27

July 27, 2017

The latest developments in the Japanese news  BOJ pushes back 2% target to FY19 Labor shortage can help Japan beat deflation: government report Barriers to inflation more mind than matter, says BOJ Japan regulator warns small banks they must change to survive Japan dept. store sales rise 1.4% in June on robust tourist spending Companies offering financial ... Read more

Japan in the News: July 14- July 20

July 20, 2017

The latest developments in the Japanese news Japan forecasts 1.4 pct real GDP growth for FY 2018 Govt mulls special budget request Japan pledges $1 bn to back UN development goals Sale of 1-day auto insurance policies rises as many youth don't own cars Japan business mood steady at high levels as economy recovers: Reuters Tankan ... Read more

Japan in the News: July 7 - July 13

July 13, 2017

The latest developments in the Japanese news Bank of Japan to ‘cut inflation forecasts, hold off on easing’ Job-changing reaches a seven-year high as Japan Inc. scrambles to cope with labor shortages Ministry to ease rules on banks renting out space Japan's imported car sales in June rise 3.6% Japan cable TV providers to issue IDs ... Read more

Japan's corporate governance gets some long-overdue scrutiny

July 12, 2017

Nikkei Asian Review reports,  Japanese companies have been getting an earful from investors lately. As scandals envelop Toshiba, Fujifilm group and air bag maker Takata, demands for better corporate governance across all of Japan Inc. are growing louder -- and they are being heard. TOKYO "If all the people sitting there were replaced, the corporate culture would change instantly ... Read more

Japan, EU Seal Free Trade Deal

July 7, 2017

NHK World reports: Japan and the European Union have reached a broad deal on an Economic Partnership Agreement that will affect about 30 percent of the world's gross domestic product. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced the deal in Brussels. They confirmed that the two sides settled important issues after ... Read more

Japan in the News: June 30 - July 6

July 6, 2017

The latest developments in the Japanese news Japan tax revenue falls in FY 2016 for 1st time in 7 years Financial stocks gain traction worldwide Chiyoda, British company teaming up for offshore projects Japan's inflation rate edges up for 5th straight month Japan's jobs-to-applicants ratio soars to 43-year high Japan removes consumption tax on bitcoin purchase ... Read more

Japan's Business Confidence Hits 3-yr High

July 5, 2017

Japan Today reports: Confidence among Japan's biggest manufacturers has risen for the third straight quarter to the best level in more than three years, a key central bank survey showed on Monday as exports continue to grow on a global economic recovery. The Bank of Japan's Tankan report -- a quarterly survey of more than 10,000 ... Read more

Japan's Jobs-to-Applicants Ratio Soars

July 5, 2017

The Nikkei Asian Review reports: Japan's active job openings-to-applicants ratio was 1.49 in May on seasonally adjusted terms, according to data released by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare on 30 June 2017. The latest reading is up 0.01 percentage point from April, the third consecutive month it has risen. The uptick mirrors the ... Read more

Japan in the News: June 23 - June 29

June 29, 2017

The latest developments in the Japanese news Govt to use ICT to boost space-related industries FSA unveils new safety criteria in response to 'fintech' boom Japan makes 1st upgrade on economy since December Japan vehicle brands sink in quality rankings Japan flash manufacturing PMI slows to 52.0 in June ASEAN pushing for direct yen tradingTax agency taps ... Read more