Stocks End 2013 with a Bang
Party time in Tokyo as the Nikkei ends the year on a six-year high. The index has moved up 57 per cent in the last twelve months - its biggest annual gain in over four decades. Many thank this man - prime minister Shinzo Abe - for his aggressive economic stimulus.
Boxes Ticked on Abe's 2014 Wish List
If Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had a 2014 wish list it might look something like this: higher wages, bigger business spending, and inflation. One of the year's first key indicators shows he's off to a good start. Machinery orders -- a key indicator of business investment -- jumped 9.3% in November, blowing past market expectations and posting a second straight month of gains.
Abe Promises New Dawn for Japan
The man behind Abenomics has faced criticism over the pace of reform in Japan. But prime minister Shinzo Abe told an audience in Davos that a new dawn was breaking. Time for reforms.
Japan's Abe Notches Up Another Victory Lap
There's no doubt about it -- Japan is on a roll. Investors and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe - have a couple of good reasons to celebrate. Revised GDP data showed Japan's economy grew an annual 3.8 percent in the second quarter - well over initial estimates. The world's third biggest economy was boosted by stronger capital spending, which posted its biggest rise since 2011 - showing companies are confident enough to invest again.
Victory For Abe, but Now the Work in Japan Really Starts
Break out the flowers - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's political future is smelling sweeter than ever. His Liberal Democratic Party scored a sweeping victory in Sunday's Upper House election -- the people giving Abenomics the thumbs-up. But what does this mean for the economy, the markets and Abenomics? Equity strategist Adrian Mowat.
Abe Urges Reform After Election Victory
Hot on the heels of election victory, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe makes clear reform is top of his agenda. He told this news conference on Monday his government needs to speed up the pace of reform, or risk losing public support. Voters want ''economic recovery that they can actually feel," he said. His coalition's strong showing in Sunday's Upper House vote validates the PM's drive to revive the stagnant economy.
PM Abe Proclaims Japan A 'Buy'
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urged America to adopt Japan's energy saving technology as he continues structural reform in Japan.
Markets Lose Faith in Abe's Aim
The wait is finally over. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe unveiled in a speech today some of the final pieces of his economic revival strategy - the so-called "third arrow" of Abenomics. There were plenty of verbal fireworks.
Is Abe's Gamble Paying Off in Japan?
Abenomics is working! That's the conclusion from news that Japan's economy grew at its fastest pace in a year. Prime minister Shinzo Abe's bold steps to stimulate the world's 3rd largest economy helped fuel growth of 0.9 percent in the first quarter. That's more than expected, and translates into annual growth of 3.5 percent - easily the highest in G7 group of rich nations. Impressive stuff. But is it sustainable? Japanese Economics Minister Akira Amari, is upbeat.
Japan's Abe Gets Second Term
Japan's very own comeback kid - prime minister Shinzo Abe. The 58-year-old grandson of a former prime minister swept back to power on Wednesday - five years after abruptly resigning as premier in the wake of a scandal-hit one-year term. He told reporters earlier that he wanted to learn from his previous experiences and aim for a stable government. Abe was elected by both houses of parliament after his right wing Liberal Democratic Party surged back to power in a December 16 election.
Japan Inc to Abe: Forget Sales Tax, We Want Firing Power
Nice work, Mr Prime Minister. The yen is cheap - parked not too far from a hundred to the dollar mark, the central bank's supported your aggressive stimulus plans and Japan's biggest exporters are finally back on track towards profitability. But your next likely move - a hike in the sales tax, won't be so well-received. An exclusive Reuters survey of corporate Japan shows nearly two third of companies who responded predict the tax will have a negative impact on their results.