[TOKYO] Japanese housewife Matsuko Mitsui had been meaning to buy a new air conditioner for years, but it took the looming sales tax hike in October to spur the 64-year-old to finally make the...

JAPAN'S economy shrank at the fastest pace in almost six years in the December quarter, as a sales tax hike hit consumer and business spending, raising the risk of a recession as China's novel...

[TOKYO] Japanese Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said on Friday that last month's sales tax hike did not cause a big front-loading of purchases or a subsequent pullback in consumption.

[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...