japanese economy

G-7 to Help Weaken Surging Japanese Yen

The Group of Seven countries on Thursday agreed to intervene to reduce the value of the Japanese yen, which has surged to record levels after last week's earthquake and tsunami.

Asian Markets Mixed as Japan Celebrates Q3 Growth

Asian markets were mixed Monday. In Japan the Nikkei 225 Index rose 1.1%, helped by new numbers showing the nation's economy outpaced economists' predictions and grew more than expected in the third quarter. In China the Shanghai Composite Index advanced 1% and Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index slid 0.8%.

Japan Gets a Boost From Exports

Mired in deflation and stagnant for decades, Japan has been the economic basket case of the developed world, a cautionary example of malaise run amuck. But because it's export-oriented, the world's third-largest economy is getting an unexpected lift from roaring growth

The Case for Calling a U.S. Depression

Says presciently bearish David Rosenberg, the chief economist and strategist at Gluskin Sheff: "We can understand that this is not exactly cocktail conversation, but this is a Japanese-style (even worse perhaps) modern-day depression."

Boosting Exports Is Key to U.S. Economic Recovery

Ways to avoid a painful Japan-like deflationary spiral are gripping investors and policymakers alike following Friday's disappointing jobs report. But to ensure a true recovery over the long haul, the U.S. would do well to look instead at Germany, which is banking more on manufacturing to tap into surging global demand.

How Japan Is Creating a Nation of Lost Youths

Beneath the bright lights of Tokyo and the evident wealth generated by decades of hard work and Japan Inc.'s massive global export machine lies a different reality: increasing poverty and decreasing opportunity for the nation's young people. It's a warning to America.