Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, has called a snap election in the wake of figures showing  the country has tipped into recession. Photograph: Ian Waldie/Bloomberg

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has called a snap general election following the release of surprise data showing the world’s third-largest economy(...)

Haruhiko Kuroda, governor of the Bank of Japan, points to a sign as he speaks during a news conference at the central bank’s headquarters in Tokyo yesterday.  Photograph: Bloomberg

Japan is no longer governed by consensus. This is true at least of its monetary policy. Haruhiko Kuroda, governor of the Bank of Japan, launched still(...)

Haruhiko Kuroda,  governor of the Bank of Japan, defied objections from four fellow board members to push ahead with the stiumuls. Photograph: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

The Bank of Japan stunned global markets yesterday and sent the dollar soaring as it unexpectedly expanded its stimulus programme just days after the (...)

Smoke billowing from a plant in Tokyo bay. Underperforming exports have been one of the weak links in the Japanese economy

Japan’s exports declined in August as shipments to the United States contracted, adding to concerns the economy may see only a shallow recovery in th(...)

The Bank of Japan maintained its massive monetary stimulus and suggested the sales tax should rise again to help government finances, despite market d(...)

Janet Yellen, chair of the US Federal Reserve, left, speaks with Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, during the Jackson Hole economic symposium, sponsored by the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank, at the Jackson Lake Lodge in Moran, Wyoming, last week. Yellen said “the labor market has yet to fully recover,” in a speech today at the Kansas City Fed’s annual conference. Photograph: Bradly Boner/Bloomberg

Asian stocks rose, extending two- week of gains, as investors weighed comments from central bank leaders for clues to monetary policy and earnings rep(...)

Mount Moran in Grand Teton National Park seen through a window at the Jackson Hole economic symposium in Wyoming. Photograph: Bloomberg

The annual August summits of the world’s top central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, have a dramatic mountain backdrop, but the conference titles ar(...)

Smoke billowing from a plant in Tokyo bay. The Japanese government now sees real gross domestic product growth at 1.2 per cent in fiscal 2014/15, versus 1.4 per cent forecast earlier this year

Japan’s government slightly lowered its growth forecast for the current fiscal year due to sluggish exports and a drop in demand after the April sales(...)

Smoke billowing from a plant in Tokyo bay.On a seasonally adjusted basis, exports from Japan fell 1.2 per cent in May from the prior month.

Japan’s annual exports declined for the first time in 15 months in May as shipments to Asia and the United States fell, threatening to knock the econo(...)

Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda. Photograph: Toru Hanai/Reuters.

The Bank of Japan kept monetary policy steady on Friday and offered a slightly more upbeat view on overseas growth, signalling confidence the economy (...)