Rupert Wingfield-Hayes

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Nikkei 16,000!

Dec 26, 2013
Japan's Nikkei stock index closed about 16,000 for the first time since 2007.

Japan's economic plans: Sales tax plus stimulus

Dec 3, 2013
Japan’s government debt equals about 230 percent of its gross domestic product.  To raise money to pay that down, the government will increase the national sales tax to 8 percent. Paying off massive debt seems prudent, but to avoid slowing…

Stocks in Japan are up, but will the economy follow?

Nov 28, 2013
Today, the Japan Nikkei Index went up another 1.8 percent to get very close to a six year high.

Good news: Japan inflation at 5 year high

Oct 25, 2013
Prices are up in Japan -- and that's a good thing.

Japan will increase its national sales tax by 3 percent

Oct 1, 2013
Japan is hiking its national sales tax, from 5 percent all the way to 8 percent.

Economic stimulus in Japan gets a political boost

Jul 22, 2013
The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will now control both houses of parliament. What does the new majority mean for Abe's economic plans?

Japan markets down on stimulus jitters, China manufacturing data

May 23, 2013
After an electrifying run over the past several weeks, stock markets around the world are down this morning.

Japan takes energy race overseas, promotes solar at home

May 20, 2013
Things have been electric on the Japanese stock market recently. But the country is in need of energy and is hunting for it in innovative ways.

Japan's economy grows under Shinzo Abe's leadership

May 16, 2013
Policies taken by the head of Japan are helping the country finally bounce back after decades of trouble. But is it enough -- and will it continue?

Sony back in the black for the first time in 5 years

May 9, 2013
Japanese entertainment and electronics giant Sony has managed to make money, not lose it for the first time in five years. The company reported a net profit of $948 million.