Traders hike bets that end of negative Bank of Japan rate is rear

TOKYO, Dec 08 (Bloomberg) - The Bank of Japan's leaders are indicating they could be preparing a shift in policy, and that's encouraging traders to raise bets that the central bank will scrap the world’s last negative interest-rate regime as soon as this month. Bloomberg Economics' Taro Kimura shares his views on Bloomberg Television.

"Debt Completely Forgiven!? – such advertisements, implying that anyone can reduce their debt, are familiar to many.

A ceremony marking the start of collaboration between JR Freight, which handles cargo transportation by rail, and Nestle Japan, a food manufacturer dealing with products like coffee, was held on Wednesday afternoon, to mark the start of regular mid-distance transportation from Nestle's factory in Shimada City, Shizuoka Prefecture to Osaka City in February, a first for Japan's food and beverage industry.

Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance, a major non-life insurance company, will offer the industry's first insurance for frozen eggs starting in April.

In this year's Shunto (spring wage negotiations), Honda and Mazda provided full responses to their labor unions on the 21st, marking the earliest responses among major automakers. Both companies plan to implement wage increases at a high level, and the focus is on whether this trend will spread further.