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Dollars come cheaper in Japan as last year's fever fades

April 19, 2017 - 23:32
Japan's financial institutions are paying less to borrow dollars as foreign-bond investment tapers off and banks lock down their own sources of the currency, correcting market distortions brought on by a severe shortage of greenbacks late last year. (Nikkei)
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Cut in retirement benefits sought for Japan govt workers

April 19, 2017 - 23:17
Japan's National Personnel Authority asked the government on Wednesday to reduce retirement allowances for national civil servants to levels roughly in line with those of private-sector workers. (Jiji)
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IMF revises up Japan 2017 growth estimate to 1.2 pct

April 19, 2017 - 00:20
The International Monetary Fund said Tuesday that it projects 1.2 pct growth in the Japanese economy in 2017, up 0.4 percentage point from its previous projection in January. (Jiji)
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Japan eyes putting TPP into force without U.S.

April 15, 2017 - 23:52
Japan plans to push forward talks to put a Pacific rim trade pact into force without the United States, which withdrew from the multination agreement in January as President Donald Trump pursues bilateral trade deals, a government source said Saturday. (Japan Today)
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Foreigners streaming into Japan at record pace

April 14, 2017 - 23:06
The net inflow of foreign residents into Japan was the largest ever during the last statistical year, as the government pushes policies to attract foreign workers to lessen the economic repercussions from a declining and graying population. (Nikkei)
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Japan ranked fourth in 2016 for development assistance spending: OECD

April 13, 2017 - 05:57
Japan ranked No. 4 in official development assistance in 2016 among member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, an OECD report showed Tuesday. (Japan Times)
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Trump: Dollar is getting too strong

April 13, 2017 - 05:18
US President Donald Trump has reiterated that the dollar is getting too strong. (NHK)
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Shrinking workforce threatens Japan's economy

April 10, 2017 - 22:04
Japan's working-age population is facing a steep decline, new demographic research confirms, leaving the country's future vitality precarious barring major improvements in social security and labor productivity. (Nikkei)
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Japan's current account surplus up 18.2 pct in Feb.

April 10, 2017 - 06:36
Japan's current account surplus in February rose 18.2 pct from a year before to 2,813.6 billion yen, the Ministry of Finance said Monday. (Jiji)
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IMF to upgrade Japan's projected growth

April 10, 2017 - 06:35
Officials at the International Monetary Fund are compiling their growth forecasts ahead of the G20 summit on April 20th. (NHK)
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Japan, ASEAN ministers agree to work toward regional trade deal

April 9, 2017 - 00:54
Trade ministers from Japan and ASEAN said Saturday that they will strive to conclude a mega free trade deal in Asia called the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. (Japan Today)
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Kuroda likely favorite for second BOJ term, if willing

April 7, 2017 - 23:32
Bank of Japan Gov Haruhiko Kuroda has emphatically missed his single most important performance indicator, and yet is looking a good bet for a second term - the first in more than half a century - if the 72-year-old can face the strain. (Japan Today)
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2 percent inflation not in sight 4 yrs after BOJ policy change

April 4, 2017 - 22:07
Japan is nowhere near 2 pct inflation four years after the Bank of Japan made a drastic monetary policy regime change with much fanfare. (Jiji)
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Tankan survey shows labor shortage worsening

April 3, 2017 - 21:43
The Bank of Japan's Tankan survey shows a growing number of Japanese employers feel their companies are understaffed. (NHK)
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Jobless rate hits 22-year low of 2.8% in February

March 31, 2017 - 22:43
The seasonally adjusted jobless rate in February fell 0.2 percentage points from the previous month to 2.8 percent, the lowest level since June 1994, when the rate stood at the same level, the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry said Friday. (
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Japan eyes cap on overtime hours, equal pay under labor reform plan

March 29, 2017 - 10:23
A government panel unveiled an action plan Tuesday to reduce long working hours and ensure equal treatment for regular and nonregular employees as Japan seeks to promote broad labor reform. (Japan Today)
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Workplace reform plan

March 28, 2017 - 21:41
The Japanese government has drawn up a plan to overhaul working conditions and practices at firms and factories around the country. (NHK)
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Speculators smell stronger yen ahead

March 27, 2017 - 22:08
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Rising yen bucks fundamentals, gives Japan a diplomatic breather

March 23, 2017 - 21:26
The Japanese yen's recent rise against the dollar has defied conventional market wisdom, but a stronger currency may actually support Japan as it confronts the Trump administration on matters of trade and foreign exchange. (Reuters)
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Japan's gas, electricity prices to rise again in May

March 22, 2017 - 22:03
Japan's 14 major electricity and gas companies are expected to raise rates in May for the fourth straight month, as the utilities pass on rising costs of imported fuels to consumers. (Nikkei)
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