Haruhiko Kuroda, governor of the Bank of Japan, speaks during a panel session on the closing day at the 46th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos. Photograph: Jean Christophe Bott/EPA

The Bank of Japan unexpectedly cut a benchmark interest rate below zero on Friday, stunning investors with another bold move to revive the economy as (...)

 Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras  with Christine Lagarde, managing director of the IMF, at a bilateral meeting  in Davos. Photograph: Jean-Christophe Bott/ EPA

The International Monetary Fund has reiterated its call for debt relief for Greece, raising pressure on European countries to cede to Greek demands fo(...)

The Topix index was little changed at 1,462.24 at the close of trading in Tokyo, wiping out gains of as much 1.9 per cent.

Japan’s Topix index erased gains after the nation’s central bank decided against adding to record monetary easing. Mobile phone carriers and construc(...)

BoJ governor Haruhiko Kuroda acknowledged that the bank’s drive to banish deflation may be swayed by the steep fall in oil prices

The Bank of Japan maintained its massive stimulus programme and offered a slightly more upbeat view of the world’s third-largest economy on Friday, ci(...)

French economist Thomas Piketty (R) listens to the translation of his speech during his press conference at Japan National Press Club in Tokyo on Sunday. Japanese language version of Piketty’s book, ‘Capital in the Twenty-First Century,’ started selling in Japan from December 2014, becoming the best-selling book in Japan. (Photograph: AFP/Getty Images)

Thomas Piketty, the French economist whose 2013 book on wealth inequality became an international best- seller, said Europe should learn from Japan th(...)

Bank of England governor Mark Carney: gave strong hints that the Bank of England could increase interest rates from their record lows sooner than expected. Photograph: Laurent Gillieron/EPA

The ECB has done its part – now it’s up for countries to implement structural reforms. That was the message from Benoît Cœuré, a senior ECB figure,(...)

Factory output unexpectedly fell and real wages marked the steepest drop in five years, underscoring the fragility of the recovery and dealing a blow to premier Shinzo Abe’s stimulus policies

Japanese annual core consumer inflation slowed for a fourth straight month in November due largely to sliding oil prices, highlighting the challenges (...)

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 (...)