The Bank of Japan has created a new public relations video for the first time in five years and started showing it at the beginning of November.
In the 18-minute video titled "The Bank of Japan in Our Daily Lives," BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda demonstrates the central bank's resolve to tackle deflation and other challenges facing the Japanese economy.
The video underscores the importance of price stability, explaining a vicious cycle in which continued drops in goods and services prices reduce profits at manufacturers and retailers as well as wages, resulting in a deterioration in the economy.
The Abe administration will raise the minimum wage by 3 percent each year starting next fiscal year as part of a package of policies aimed at strengthening consumer spending and stoking economic growth. (Japan Times)
A former member of the Hyogo Prefectural Assembly who gained Internet notoriety when he suffered a breakdown during a news conference failed to show up Tuesday for the start of his fraud trial. (Japan Times)
Three bodies have been retrieved from a boat found floating in the Sea of Japan off the coast of Fukui Prefecture on Sunday, two days after a similar discovery in waters off a neighboring prefecture, reports the Yomiuri Shimbun (Nov. 23). (Tokyo Reporter)