BOJ may be ‘stealth tapering’ in stock markets, analysts say

By Tomo Uetake TOKYO, Aug 17 : Japan’s central bank appears to be growing more comfortable with larger declines in the country’s stock prices, a sign it may have begun in the share market what analysts describe as “stealth tapering” of its massive monetary stimulus. The Bank of Japan refrained from buying stocks on two […]

Japan July inflation seen ticking up but still far from BOJ target

By Leika Kihara TOKYO, Aug 17 : Japan’s core consumer inflation rate likely picked up slightly in July but due mostly to rising energy costs rather than robust demand, a Reuters poll showed, further evidence the central bank is making little headway in reaching its price target. Subdued wage and price growth have forced the […]

Japan emperor expresses “deep remorse” over war; PM sends offering to Yasukuni

By Linda Sieg TOKYO, Aug 15 : Emperor Akihito, in his last appearance as reigning monarch at an annual ceremony marking Japan’s World War Two surrender, expressed “deep remorse” over the conflict, while Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed never to repeat the horrors of war. Earlier on Wednesday, Abe sent a ritual offering to Tokyo’s […]

Japan head to Asian Games with one eye on 2020

By Jack Tarrant TOKYO, Aug 15 : The Asian Games will be a chance for Japan’s athletes to test their preparations two years out from the Tokyo Olympics but also give officials the opportunity to gain some valuable insight into the organisation of the multi-sport event. The 2018 Asian Games, albeit on a smaller scale […]

Japan PM Abe on track for extended term despite rival’s bid

By Linda Sieg TOKYO, Aug 10 : Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe looks well placed to win a September ruling party leadership race, putting the conservative leader on track to become the longest-serving premier despite a challenge by a former defence minister for the party post. Shigeru Ishiba, 61, promising to restore trust in politics, […]

Nikkei hits 1-month low as chip sector tumbles; strong yen dents confidence

By Ayai Tomisawa TOKYO, Aug 10 : Japan’s Nikkei fell to a one-month low on Friday as semiconductor-related shares tumbled after Morgan Stanley downgraded its view on the U.S. chip sector, which offset any boost from Japan’s better-than-expected economic growth. The Nikkei share average ended 1.3 percent lower at 22,298.08, the lowest closing level since […]