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Tetsushi Kajimoto

Japan considering extending special employment subsidy: labour ministry official

Aug 04 2020

TOKYO Japan is considering extending a special employment subsidy to help firms hit by the coronavirus pandemic that would keep furloughed workers on the payroll, but no decision has been made yet, a labour ministry official told Reuters on Wednesday.

Japan needs to consider extension of special employment subsidy for firms: ruling party

Aug 04 2020

TOKYO Japan needs to consider extending a special subsidy aimed at helping companies hit by the coronavirus pandemic to keep furloughed workers on the payroll, an official from Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) said late on Monday.

Japan warns against 'rapid' rise in the yen, discusses response

Jul 31 2020

TOKYO Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso described the yen's recent rise as "rapid" on Friday, signalling concern that a strong currency could add pain to an export-led economy already in recession because of the novel coronavirus.

Japan's factory output rebounds, jobless rate dips as lockdown lifts

Jul 31 2020

TOKYO Japan's industrial output snapped four months of decline in June, pointing to a modest recovery in broader business and consumer activity in the world's third-largest economy following a heavy hit to demand from the coronavirus pandemic.

RPT-Twenty years on, Japan government's digital ambitions still stuck in piles of paper

Jul 26 2020

* Gov't makes digital transformation key plank of policy roadmap

Twenty years on, Japan government's digital ambitions still stuck in piles of paper

Jul 24 2020

TOKYO Two decades after Japan rolled out an ambitious plan to go digital, the COVID-19 crisis has exposed the government's deeply rooted technological shortcomings as ministries remain stuck in a paper-driven culture that experts say is hurting productivity.

Japan raises economic view for second month, but wary over virus resurgence

Jul 22 2020

TOKYO Japan's government slightly raised its economic view for a second straight month in July, though authorities conceded that the situation remained severe in light of a renewed spike in coronavirus cases in many parts of the world.

Japan June industrial output seen rebounding from pandemic slump: Reuters poll

Jul 22 2020

TOKYO Japan's industrial output likely rebounded in June from the near double-digit decline in the previous month, in a sign factory activity may have bottomed out from the deep slump caused by the coronavirus pandemic, a Reuters poll of 13 economists showed.

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