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World 09 Dec 2013 | 10:00 PM

Japan PM Abe's ratings slide after state secrets act

TOKYO (Reuters) - Support for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe slid in opinion polls after his ruling coalition steamrolled through parliament a tough secrecy act that critics fear could muzzle media and allow officials to hide misdeeds.

Business 23 Jan 2014 | 12:00 AM

BoJ stands pat on easing

TOKYO: The Bank of Japan (BoJ) held off announcing any fresh measures to stimulate the economy, saying its monetary easing blitz was winning the war on deflation.

Economy 27 Jan 2014 | 6:14 PM

Record Japan trade deficit highlights cheap yen woes

TOKYO: Japan's trade deficit swelled to a record in 2013, data showed Monday, as once bumper surpluses disappear under the weight of soaring post-Fukushima energy bills, an imbalance stoked by premier Shinzo Abe's cheap-yen policies.

Business 28 Jan 2014 | 12:00 AM

Japan trade deficit widens

TOKYO: Japan’s trade deficit widened sharply to a record in 2013 as import costs outpaced export receipts due to a weaker yen and higher fuel bills, and the third straight annual shortfall was a reminder of the challenge facing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Economy 20 Jan 2014 | 4:22 PM

Japan revises down November factory output, shrinks 0.1%

Japan's factory output in November was weaker than first reported with industrial production turning down 0.1%, according to revised data Monday, in the latest sign of slowing growth.

Business 29 Jan 2014 | 11:15 AM

Indonesians world's most bullish consumers, Americans less upbeat

LONDON: Indonesians remained the world's most bullish consumers in the final quarter of 2013 while Americans were slightly less willing to spend than in the previous quarter, a global survey showed.

Economy 18 Feb 2014 | 2:30 PM

Abenomics’ wobbly arrows

REUTERS: Japan's bold Abenomics plan is producing spluttering results on key consumption and investment measures, potentially undermining its resolve. Japan's economy grew by just 0.3% in the fourth quarter, less than half of estimate.

World 23 Feb 2014 | 8:50 PM

West faces daunting task to rescue Ukraine after uprising

PARIS (Reuters) - Western nations face a daunting task to help stabilise a near bankrupt Ukraine after a popular uprising toppled its Russian-backed president, and will need to placate a wounded Moscow.

Business 17 Feb 2014 | 12:00 AM

Tokyo unions start asking for wage hikes

TOKYO: Japan’s unions have started demanding wage hikes from cash-rich firms as annual pay talks get under way, setting up a rare showdown after years of drama-free labour relations.

Business 17 Feb 2014 | 8:35 AM

Japan economy logs best growth in three years

TOKYO: Japan's economy put in its best performance in three years during 2013, expanding by 1.6% as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's growth blitz rippled through the world's number-three economy.