Legendary Japanese Economist: “Abenomics May Not Work Well”

One of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's most trusted advisors made a sobering confession recently, noting that Abenomics -- a policy he himself helped craft -- might not actually work at all.
NYSE:EWJ September 1, 2016 10:30am

Japan’s Unemployment Rate Falls to 3%, Lowest Since 1995

From ZeroHedge: Japan's government just announced the lowest unemployment rate in 21 years, but behind the seemingly-great number is a demographic shift that could hurt the country's economy for many years to come.
NYSE:EWJ August 31, 2016 7:06am

The Bank of Japan is Prepared to Buy Almost Everything

From John Rubino: With past stimulus measures not providing sufficient economic growth, the Bank of Japan is likely prepping to double down on its monetary easing, to the tune of trillions of Japanese yen.
NYSE:EWJ August 30, 2016 6:36am

Are Negative Rates Helping or Hurting Japan?

Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Robert Kaplan doesn't know yet whether Japan's negative interest rate policy is benefitting the country or not, saying the "jury is out" still.
NYSE:EWJ August 26, 2016 8:42am

Japan is Willing to Cut Interest Rates Even Further Into Negative Territory

In a recent interview with Japanese newspaper Sankei, Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda indicated he wasn't opposed to lowering already-negative interest rates even further if it helps spur economic growth.
NYSE:EWJ August 22, 2016 12:32pm

Japan Recession Watch: Imports and Exports Both Plunge Most Since 2009

japan-bridgeFrom Tyler Durden: The latest Japanese imports/exports data paints a very bearish picture of Japan's economy, which continues to fall short expectations despite easy comps and unprecedented stimulus.
NYSE:EWJ August 18, 2016 7:05am

Japan’s Massive Stimulus Isn’t Working: Q2 GDP Rises Only 0.2% Annualized

sunset-at-miyajima-1234881-640x480From Tyler Durden: Japan's second quarter gross domestic product numbers badly missed estimates today, as the Bank of Japan's continued stimulus seemed to do little to spur meaningful economic growth.
NYSEA:EWJ August 15, 2016 6:59am

Negative Interest Rates are Killing Japan’s Banks

negative-interest-ratesFrom DollarCollapse.com: Negative interest rates in Japan and Europe are having an adverse effect on their private banks, and further rate cuts will only accelerate their demise.
NYSE:EWJ August 14, 2016 9:02am

Amazon’s Tokyo Offices Raided in Potential Antitrust Scandal

amazon-amzn-logoRetail giant Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) is in hot water with Japanese regulators over alleged antitrust practices.
NASDAQ:AMZN August 8, 2016 8:27am

Japanese Stocks Get Hammered Again as Investors Beg for More Stimulus

japanese GDP growthThe largest Japanese exchange traded fund, the iShares MSCI Japan ETF (NYSE:EWJ), was falling Wednesday morning, as Japan's Nikkei 225 index got hammered to the tune of -1.88% overnight.
NYSE:EWJ August 3, 2016 8:51am

Japan Promises $45 Billion Stimulus, but Will it Actually Happen?

abeJapanThe difference between Abe's constant stimulus headlines and the actual amount injected into Japan's beleaguered economy is often quite striking.
NYSE:EWJ August 2, 2016 8:23am

Japanese Government Will Nearly Double its ETF Purchases

japanIn a welcome bit of news for Japanese ETF investors on Friday, the Bank of Japan (BoJ) said that it would almost double the growth rate of annual ETF purchases it makes.
NYSE:EWJ July 29, 2016 7:50am

Japanese Stock Investors Beware

abeJapanFrom ZeroHedge: At the same time that theĀ Nikkei released its latest "market response" trial balloon, where it posted an article around 2am local time clearly meant for US market consumption according to which BOJ officials "were said to be leaning more toward easing", the same Nikkei also published a preview of what Japan's helicopter money may look like. There is just one problem: at first read, and judging by the market's reaction, it appears to be rather underwhelming.
NYSE:EWJ July 26, 2016 2:16pm

Japanese Stocks Jump on Hopes of 20 Trillion Yen Stimulus Plan

japanJapan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index jumped nearly 0.8% on Thursday, led by a report that the government was considering an economic stimulus plan twice the size of what was previously announced.
NYSE:EWJ July 21, 2016 7:22am

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