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U.S. may remove tariffs on certain Japanese beef

July 30, 2015 - 07:01
The United States is considering expanding its low-tariff import quota for Japanese beef and eventually remove its tariffs on imports within the quota, sources familiar with discussions between Tokyo and Washington said Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
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Finance Ministry upgrades assessment of Japan's regional economies

July 29, 2015 - 22:54
The Finance Ministry on Wednesday upgraded its overall assessment of Japan's regional economies for the three months through late July, saying they are "recovering moderately" on solid private consumption and employment conditions. (Kyodo)
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Panel eyes Y18 rise in minimum wage

July 29, 2015 - 22:46
A subcommittee of a labor ministry panel agreed Wednesday to recommend that the country's minimum hourly wage be raised by ¥18 on average for fiscal 2015, which started in April. (The Japan News)
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Wine, chicken tariffs to be lifted / Several stages for elimination eyed under TPP accord

July 28, 2015 - 22:56
The government plans to abolish tariffs for imported wine, chicken and some other items in stages over several years under the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade framework, it has been learned. (The Japan News)
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Japan stocks lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.67%

July 24, 2015 - 09:54
Japan stocks were lower after the close on Friday, as losses in the Machinery, Banking and Warehousing sectors led shares lower. (
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Tokyo stocks rebound on buybacks

July 23, 2015 - 10:01
Stocks staged a rebound on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Thursday, helped by buybacks after the previous day's tumble. (Japan Times)
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Nikkei average posts 1st fall in 7 trading days

July 22, 2015 - 10:37
Tokyo stock prices have fallen for the first time in 7 trading days as sell orders for a wide range of issues were placed for profit-taking. (NHK)
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BOJ cuts FY 2016 CPI forecast to 1.9 percent

July 15, 2015 - 23:13
The Bank of Japan said Wednesday that it has cut is projection on year-on-year growth in the country's core consumer price index for fiscal 2016 to 1.9 pct from the previous estimate of 2.0 pct in April. (Jiji Press)
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Bank of Japan keeps policy steady, trims GDP forecast

July 15, 2015 - 06:46
The Bank of Japan kept monetary policy steady and largely maintained its upbeat inflation forecasts on Wednesday, even as soft exports and household spending forced it to trim its economic growth projection slightly. ()
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Japan's economic transformation: Are we there yet?

July 15, 2015 - 06:45
Negative calls on Japan's market remain few and far between even after a nearly non-stop rally for more than two years, suggesting confidence in the economic revival may not be misplaced. (
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Failing on inflation, Japan fudges the numbers

July 13, 2015 - 12:43
As Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda fails to get much traction in his bid to revitalize his country's economy, he should spare a thought for the man who warned him this would happen: his predecessor. (
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Nikkei retakes 20,000 on receding Greece bailout worries

July 13, 2015 - 12:41
The benchmark Nikkei average rallied and retook 20,000 on the Tokyo Stocks Exchange on Monday, with investor wariness somewhat eased over the Greek debt crisis and Chinese stocks. (The Japan News)
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Japan seeks to end wartime copyright extensions under TPP

July 12, 2015 - 22:20
The Japanese government is seeking to abolish wartime copyright extensions in negotiations on the protection of intellectual property rights as part of Trans-Pacific Partnership multilateral free trade talks. (Jiji Press)
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Tokyo shares end mixed on Greek debt jitters

July 10, 2015 - 13:10
Tokyo shares ended mixed Friday with Nikkei stocks index edging down as sentiment here remained cautious ahead of a European summit on Sunday that may make final conclusion on the ongoing Greece debt crisis. (
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Tokyo shares end mixed on rebound in Chinese market

July 9, 2015 - 08:17
Tokyo shares ended mixed on Thursday with its benchmark Nikkei stocks index recovering from morning's plunge and ending higher following a rebound in the Chinese stock market. (
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Japan, U.S. resume talks ahead of TPP ministerial session in late July

July 9, 2015 - 08:04
Japan and the United States resumed bilateral talks for a Pacific free trade agreement Thursday ahead of a crucial ministerial meeting of all 12 negotiating countries in late July at which they will seek to reach a broad agreement. (Kyodo)
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Nikkei drops below 20,000 for 1st time in 3 weeks

July 8, 2015 - 05:53
The Nikkei index started Wednesday's afternoon session below the 20,000 threshold, falling below the line for the first time since June 18, amid concern about the impact of a Chinese economic slowdown on Japan after Shanghai stocks plunged in the morning. (Kyodo)
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Tokyo stocks close up 1.31pc after Greek vote dive

July 7, 2015 - 10:16
Tokyo stocks rose 1.31 percent Tuesday, clawing back some of the previous day's losses fuelled by Greece's vote to reject more austerity measures, which analysts said were overdone. (
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Japan's key economic index revised downward in May

July 6, 2015 - 23:38
Japan's key economic index has been revised downward for May for the first time in 9 months. (NHK)
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BOJ raises quarterly view of Hokkaido

July 6, 2015 - 23:36
The Bank of Japan raised its assessment of Hokkaido for the first time in 1½ years, in a quarterly report on regional economic activities released Monday. (The Japan News)
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