[TOKYO] Japan's measures for encouraging the spread of cashless payments will likely need more funding beyond the end of March and could be extended as part of a planned government stimulus...

[TOKYO] Japan's household spending surged 9.5 per cent year-on-year in September, official data released on Friday showed, as consumers rushed to complete purchases ahead of a sales tax hike in...

[TOKYO] Japanese retail sales grew the most in 5-1/2 years in September, boosted by consumers accelerating spending to beat a national sales tax hike that kicked in this month, raising some...

[TOKYO] Core consumer prices in Tokyo, a leading indicator of nationwide inflation, rose 0.5 per cent in October from a year earlier, data showed on Tuesday, staying distant from the Bank of Japan...

[WASHINGTON] - Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said the government was ready to deploy fiscal stimulus steps flexibly if the economy needed fresh support to fend off risks from slumping global...

[TOKYO] Japan rolled out a twice-delayed increase in the sales tax to 10 per cent from 8 per cent on Tuesday, a move that is seen as critical for fixing the country's tattered finances but that...

[TOKYO] Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he doesn't see a need to raise the nation's sales tax beyond 10 per cent over the next 10 years, a stance that could hamper the government's efforts...

JAPAN'S government is set to raise the sales tax as planned in October, while it stands ready to take flexible macroeconomic policy steps in case risks to the economy materialise, a mid-year...

[TOKYO] Japan's long-ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) pledged to go ahead with a sales tax increase in its policy platform for an upper house election expected in July, signalling it will...

[TOKYO] The head of a Japanese business lobby said a planned sales tax hike should proceed in October to sustain the social security system for a rapidly ageing population, despite calls from...