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Here's the missing piece in Japan's growth puzzle:

Japan's disappointing growth figures for the second quarter highlight the absence of a factor crucial to a sustained revival in the world's third largest economy: a turnaround in corporate investment. The economy grew 0.6 percent quarter on quarter in the April to June period, lower than expectations for 0.9 percent growth. The large miss was driven by an unexpected decline in capital expenditure, which fell 0.1 percent, compared with forecasts for a rise of 0.7 percent, and a reduction in private sector inventories. Inventories subtracted 0.3 percent percentage point to growth.

Japan’s ‘Abenomics’ — sugar high or national revival?

Natsuki Ohshima, 24, has found a gem. Straight out of college, he has scored a professional job as a corporate recruiter.    His generation, born in the 1980s, has grown up in the midst of economic stagnation lasting two decades. So even he admits that landing a corporate job at such a young age is unusual.

Japanese economy shrinks: Is the Bank of Japan to blame?

Japan released third-quarter GDP figures today, revealing the fastest pace of contraction in the Japanese economy since the devastating earthquake that took a heavy toll in April of 2011.

Japan's prime minister takes economic action, but risks popularity with his party and his people

TOKYO — Japan's prime minister, Yoshihiko Noda, has made raising taxes to tackle the country's debt woes the cornerstone of his economic policy. This week, he duly won parliament's backing for a controversial rise in sales tax. Yet the measure could sink his administration.

Can Sony get its mojo back?

OSAKA — Is Sony the victim of forces beyond its control, or a corporate icon felled by complacency? Probably both. The company has faced natural disasters in Japan and Thailand since last March and its profits have been dented by the yen's rise against the dollar. Many analysts barely recognize Sony as the company that once epitomized Japanese innovation and quality with Walkmen and TVs.

Japan's 'Madoff' moment after asset firm loses billions in pensions

Japan's authorities ordered a halt to all operations of the asset management company, AIJ, on Friday, after fraud allegations.

“Lonely deaths” in Japan raise questions

Japan's aging population combined with an ailing economy and increasing urban isolation has led to more cases of "lonely deaths."

Japan: New prime minister, same problems

TOYKO — Choosing a new prime minister has become as much an annual rite of Japanese life as sipping sake beneath the cherry blossoms.

6.2-magnitude quake hits Fukushima, as nuclear chief visits

Tremors were felt in Tokyo, about 150 miles away from the prefecture, although there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage to properties, and no tsunami warning was issued.

Radiation poses newly discovered danger to children in Japan

The survey found 1.13 becquerels of caesium-134 per litre of urine in an 8-year-old girl — the highest reading for that isotope. The highest reading for caesium-137 (1.30 becquerels) was in a 7-year-old boy.
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