Japan Inc's earnings outlook brightens under 'Abenomics'
News On Japan via Reuters -- Jan 25
The yen's steep decline has burnished the outlook for Japanese stocks, prompting analysts to raise profit forecasts for currency-sensitive exporters and foreign investors to plough $17 billion into the market, the biggest monthly inflow since 2010.
With 60 percent of Japan's listed companies focused on exports, firms ranging from camera maker Nikon Corp (7731.T) to air-conditioner group Daikin Industries Ltd (6367.T) are basking in the prospect of a one-off currency boost and the chance to price their goods more competitively.
The yen has fallen about 11 percent against the dollar to around 89 yen since mid-November, reflecting new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's push for aggressive policy action to weaken the local currency and revitalize the economy. Investors will be looking for signs that the yen's decline is bolstering profits when the quarterly earnings season kicks into gear next week.
Japanese police arrested former sumo ozeki Kotomitsuki on Wednesday on suspicion of violating the immigration law by employing foreigners illegally at a barbecue restaurant he runs in Nagoya, central Japan. (Jiji Press )
A thousand days have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake struck. However, only 1.2 percent of the planned land development for collective relocation of disaster-affected communities and construction of publicly operated housing have materialized, according to a survey conducted by The Yomiuri Shimbun. (Yomiuri )
There is a fairly well-documented sex doll subculture in Japan, and one of its leading manufacturers is Orient Industry. Gaga and Universal Music Group's Japanese branch recruited the company to make replicas of the pop star. (businessinsider.com.au )
A 28-year-old Japanese woman was aboard a commuter train that crashed after derailing in the Bronx borough of New York on Sunday morning, the Japanese consulate-general in the city said Monday. (Jiji Press )