• 【News in depth】

    November 17, 2014

    Reconciliation with Beijing May Not Lead to Firmer Economic Ties


    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe finally met with Chinese president Xi Jinping at the APEC summit in Beijing, paving the way for warmer bilateral relations. But that doesn't necessarily mean firmer economic ties; Japanese companies that have scaled back investment in China are unlikely to ramp it up again right away.・・・

  • 【News in depth】

    November 10, 2014

    Even Prime Minister Abe Surprised by BOJ's Stimulus Plan


    The Bank of Japan on Oct. 31 announced additional monetary easing, including the purchase of 30 trillion yen in long-term government bonds. The move took markets by surprise, and it appears not even the prime minister knew of the plan. Some say the measure is intended to pave the way for sales tax hikes, but it's unclear how long the boost to markets will last.・・・

  • 【From cover stories】

    November 5, 2014

    McDonald's loss widens rift with franchise owners

    TOKYO -- McDonald's Holdings (Japan) expects to post a loss for the year through December, its first since debuting on the Jasdaq market in 2001. While this is largely attributable to a food scandal involving a Chinese chicken supplier in July, franchise owners are rapidly losing trust in the U.S.-based fast food brand, further threatening the company's bottom line.・・・

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