Japan's manufacturing sector hasn't looked this good in years

Japan’s manufacturing sector enjoyed another strong month in February with activity levels improving at the fastest pace in nearly three years. The Nikkei-IHS Markit “flash” manufacturing purchasing managers index (PMI) rose to 53.5 in February ... ( read original story ...)

Negative rates put corporate Japan in a spending mood

TOKYO -- The introduction of negative interest rates a year ago by the Bank of Japan is prompting listed companies here to funnel the money they save on borrowing costs toward takeovers and capital investment. The average borrowing rate of 1,387 ... ( read original story ...)

Japan's regional bank consolidation gains momentum

TOKYO -- The planned consolidation of three regional banks in greater Osaka highlights an increasingly harsh business environment and a pressing need to raise efficiency in Japan's shrinking market amid ultralow interest rates. The financial institutions ... ( read original story ...)