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BOJ's Kuroda maintains positive view on economy

April 16, 2014 - 07:37
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda on Wednesday affirmed the central bank's upbeat view of the economy, even as global financial markets wobble, stressing that growth will pick up around mid-year as the sting of a sales tax hike fades. (Reuters)
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Nikkei surges, SoftBank jumps on Alibaba earnings

April 16, 2014 - 07:36
Japan's Nikkei share average surged on Wednesday after a better performance on Wall Street the day before and comments from Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso that the market took to suggest more stock buying by the government's pension fund. (Reuters)
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Survey: Many Japanese firms need fresh capital

April 16, 2014 - 00:05
Many Japanese companies say they need more capital. That's seen as an indication that they're more positive about expanding their business. (NHK)
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BOJ to adjust monetary policy if necessary: Kuroda

April 15, 2014 - 07:55
The Bank of Japan is ready to adjust monetary policy if necessary, BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
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Nikkei recovers from six-month lows as solid U.S. data, weak yen soothe sentiment

April 15, 2014 - 07:49
Japanese stocks rebounded from six-month lows on Tuesday after strong U.S. retail sales data helped calm nerves amid the backdrop of an escalating crisis in Ukraine, pulling the yen down and supporting exporters. (Reuters)
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Will Japan's tax hike hobble the rest of Asia?

April 14, 2014 - 23:16
Japan's sales tax hike isn't just spurring concerns that its domestic economy may slow, some analysts worry the malaise may spread to other countries in the region. (cnbc.com)
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Nikkei ends lower

April 14, 2014 - 07:53
Tokyo stocks slipped 0.36 percent Monday, weighed by losses on Wall Street last week and the yen's rise as tensions in Ukraine escalate. (The Standard)
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Elderly households seen exceeding 40 pct in Japan in 2035

April 11, 2014 - 23:38
The percentage of households headed by people aged 65 or over is expected to exceed 40 pct in 41 of Japan's 47 prefectures in 2035, a research institute affiliated with the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry estimated Friday. (Jiji Press)
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Tokyo shares end worst week since 2011 earthquake

April 11, 2014 - 08:19
Tokyo stocks ended their worst single week since the disastrous earthquake-induced fall of three years ago, hurt by a combination of Wall Street weakness, foreign selling and an earnings forecast cut by influential apparel seller Fast Retailing. (Wall Street Journal)
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Japan, U.S. remain far apart over TPP after marathon talks

April 10, 2014 - 23:33
Japan and the United States on Thursday remained far apart after marathon talks over key matters in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade negotiations, clouding the outlook for reaching a broad agreement during a U.S.-Japan summit in Tokyo later this month. (Kyodo)
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Nikkei ends flat as weak China data offsets Fed optimism

April 10, 2014 - 07:26
Japanese stocks ended flat in lacklustre trade on Thursday after disappointing China trade data erased early gains made when minutes from the U.S. Federal Reserve's monetary meeting eased worries over the timing of rate hikes. (Reuters)
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Kuroda tweaks messaging but not policy

April 10, 2014 - 07:24
Japan's central bank governor, Haruhiko Kuroda, gave the yen its biggest boost in over seven months and sent Tokyo stocks tumbling with hawkish comments this week, but his aim was more to jolt market psychology than to signal a change in policy. (Reuters)
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Tax panel seeks income data with 'My Number' bank link

April 9, 2014 - 23:08
Members of the government's Tax Commission have agreed that expanding the so-called My Number personal identification system to bank accounts should be discussed soon, the chairman of the commission has said. (The Japan News)
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OECD urges Japan to raise female employment rate

April 9, 2014 - 22:38
The head of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development says Japan needs more women in the labor market. (NHK)
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Japan, U.S. trade chiefs aim for TPP progress before Obama visit

April 9, 2014 - 07:51
Japanese and U.S. trade chiefs met Wednesday to discuss remaining bilateral issues related to ongoing Pacific trade talks, striving to break the stalemate in negotiations with U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Tokyo two weeks away. (Kyodo)
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Nikkei slides 2.1 pct to 3-week low after BOJ quells stimulus hopes

April 9, 2014 - 07:48
Japanese stocks stumbled 2.1 percent to a three-week low on Wednesday after the Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda raised doubts over whether the central bank will ease its policy stance anytime soon, sending the yen higher. (Reuters)
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BOJ leaves monetary policy intact

April 8, 2014 - 09:19
The Bank of Japan on Tuesday kept unchanged its policy target of increasing the country's monetary base at an annual pace of about 60 trillion to 70 trillion yen. (Jiji Press)
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Tokyo stocks down for 3rd day in row

April 8, 2014 - 09:12
Share prices in Tokyo closed lower for the 3rd trading day in a row on Tuesday. Cautious views about the US economic outlook prompted investors to sell off their stocks. (NHK)
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Japan posts 1st current account surplus in 5 months in Feb.

April 8, 2014 - 06:52
Japan posted its first current account surplus in five months in February, as growth in securities investment income outweighed a trade deficit stemming from surging fossil energy imports, government data showed Tuesday. (Kyodo)
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Japan pension fund move hailed

April 7, 2014 - 23:02
Market watchers welcomed a decision by Japan's largest pension fund manager to revamp its conservative Japanese stock investing strategy. (Wall Street Journal)
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