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Japan’s weak machinery orders, other batch of soft data raise BOJ challenge

Japan’s core machinery orders fell more than expected in July, as manufacturers balk at new investments in the face of sluggish global growth and weakness in major market China, pointing to a difficult period ahead for the world’s third-largest economy.

Japan cuts Q2 GDP on weak spending, wages slide

 Japan’s economy grew less than initially estimated in the second quarter and wages slumped in July, casting doubt over central bank projections that solid domestic demand will keep the country on course for a recovery.

Japan exports fall for first time since 2021, stoking concerns about economy

Japan’s exports fell in July for the first time in nearly 2-1/2 years, dragged down by faltering demand for light oil and chip-making equipment, underlining concerns about a global recession as demand in key markets such as China weaken.

Japan GDP grew 6%, easily beating expectations on robust exports

Japan’s economy posted its third straight quarterly expansion, provisional government data showed Tuesday, as robust export growth contributed to an annualized 6% expansion in the second quarter, handily beating market expectations.

Japan PPI for July 0.1% versus 0.2% expected

The Japan PPI data for July – a.k.a. goods price index, or the price firms charge each other for products – is showing:
Prior month -0.2%
PPI MoM 0.1% versus 0.2% expected.
PPI YoY 3.6% versus 3.5% expected. Prior month 4.1% This is the lowest since April 2021.

BOJ conducts emergency bond buys as yields hit fresh 9-year peak

The benchmark 10-year Japanese government bond yield hit a fresh nine-year peak on Thursday before pulling back after the Bank of Japan again intervened to cool the speed of the rise.

Japan’s inflation may have peaked, no imminent change seen to BOJ policy

TOKYO, July 21 (Reuters) – Japan’s core inflation stayed above the central bank’s 2% target in June for the 15th straight month but an index stripping away the effect of energy costs slowed, data showed, suggesting the prolonged commodity-driven price pressures may have peaked.

Japan PPI (June)-0.2% m/m (expected +0.2%)

Japan PPI, AKA Corporate Goods Price Index, for June 2023. This is ‘wholesale’ level inflation, the price that firms charge each other for products.

Tokyo inflation points to broadening price pressure, tests dovish Bank of Japan stance

Core inflation in Japan’s capital perked up in June and remained above the central bank’s 2% target for the 13th month, a sign price hikes were spreading to broader sectors of the economy and keeping policymakers pressured to dial back ultra-easy policy.

Japan May retail sales rise 5.7% year/year – govt

Japanese retail sales rose 5.7% in May from a year earlier, up for a 15th straight month and roughly in line with the median market forecast for a 5.4% gain, government data showed on Thursday.

Japan stocks are roaring back. This rally may be different from the 1990′s ‘bubble high’

Japan’s stock markets have been testing new highs not seen since 1990 — evoking memories of its “bubble economy” right before the country plunged into its so-called “lost decade.”

Japan’s GDP revised sharply higher, grew 2.7% in the first quarter on robust spending

Japan’s economy grew an annualized 2.7% in the first quarter of the year, expanding further than earlier estimates of 1.6% made last month, government data showed Thursday.

Japan’s yen is weakening again, prompting talk of another intervention worth billions of dollars

A fresh bout of weakness in Japan’s currency has lead some market watchers to predict more sizeable interventions by the country’s central bank as it persists with its ultra-dovish policy in a world of high rates and high inflation.

Japan’s Firms Ramp Up Capital Spending in Positive Recovery Sign

Japan’s businesses increased spending for a fourth straight quarter in another sign of the country’s recovery from the pandemic, an outcome that supports earlier data showing robust investment appetite among firms.

Japan March core machinery orders fall for 2nd straight month

Japan core machinery orders fell in March for a second straight month, indicating firms’ cautious about capital spending amid worries about the global economic slowdown.

Japan emerges from recession on post-COVID consumer rebound

Japan’s economy emerged from recession and grew faster than expected in the first quarter as a post-COVID consumption rebound offset global headwinds, shoring up hopes for a sustained recovery.

Toyota targets 10% profit jump, robust EV sales as chip woes recede

Toyota Motor Corp on Wednesday said it expects operating profit to climb 10% this business year, with a five-fold jump in pure electric vehicle (EV) sales amid an easing in global supply chain disruption from a shortage of chips.

Japan says G7 to discuss strengthening global banking system

Finance leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) advanced economies will discuss this week ways to strengthen the global financial system, Japan’s finance minister said on Tuesday, as recent U.S. bank failures bring the risk of digital bank runs into focus.

Japan’s spending downturn, wages decline heighten pressure on economy

Japan’s consumer spending unexpectedly fell in March at the fastest rate in a year, while real wages marked a twelfth month of decline on persistent inflation, highlighting the challenges facing the economy in mounting a strong post-COVID revival.