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Japan makes 1st upgrade on economy since December

June 22, 2017 - 12:01
The Japanese government on Thursday upgraded its assessment of the economy in its monthly report for the first time since December. (
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China's bond market to surpass Japan as world's second largest in five years: UBS

June 22, 2017 - 11:57
China's bond market will double in size from the current $9 trillion over the next five years, overtaking Japan's to become the world's second largest behind the United States', UBS Asset Management said in a report. (
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Foreigners make $27 billion blunder in missing Japan stock rally

June 21, 2017 - 06:51
As the Nikkei 225 Stock Average rises toward its highest level in more than two decades, one group of investors has surprisingly missed out. (Bloomberg)
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Japan logs trade deficit of 203.4 b. yen in May

June 19, 2017 - 09:25
Japan logged a customs-cleared trade deficit of 203.4 billion yen in May, against the year-before deficit of 47.3 billion yen, the Ministry of Finance said Monday. (Jiji)
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BOJ keeps policy unchanged

June 16, 2017 - 22:31
Officials at the Bank of Japan have wrapped up a 2-day policy meeting. They have decided to press on with their easing program as they pursue their 2-percent inflation target. (NHK)
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Farming groups concerned about Japan-EU EPA

June 15, 2017 - 22:51
Japanese farmers have urged lawmakers to stop officials from making too many concessions in an Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Union. (NHK)
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Japan achieves 3rd-longest postwar economic expansion

June 15, 2017 - 14:22
A Cabinet Office panel of experts on Thursday effectively confirmed that Japan's current economic expansion continued for the 53rd consecutive month in April, making it the third longest in the postwar period. (Jiji)
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Ideal BOJ exit strategy from ultra-easy policy divides economists

June 15, 2017 - 00:00
If and when the Bank of Japan should reveal its plans to exit its ultra-loose monetary policy has split economists polled by Reuters, with the economy showing signs of recovery even though inflation remains far below the central bank's target. (Japan Today)
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Japan female labor force participation hits record 66 pct

June 9, 2017 - 22:48
Japan's female labor force participation rate rose to 66.0 pct in 2016, the highest level since the country began taking the data in 1968, a government annual report said Friday. (Jiji)
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Cabinet decides growth plan

June 9, 2017 - 22:47
Japan's government has set out its policy goals for managing the economy. This year's blueprint focuses on boosting productivity by investing in human resources. (NHK)
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Kuroda says Japan still a 'long way' from meeting inflation goal

June 8, 2017 - 22:26
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said the country had escaped from deflation but still had more progress to make before reaching its goal for 2 percent inflation. (Bloomberg)
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Tourism drives Japan current account surplus to 10-year high

June 8, 2017 - 12:23
Japan's current account surplus grew 7.5% on the year in April to 1.95 trillion yen ($17.7 billion), the highest for the month in 10 years, according to data released Thursday by the Ministry of Finance. (Nikkei)
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Households on welfare in Japan hit record high in March, topping 1.6 million

June 8, 2017 - 03:59
The number of households on welfare in Japan in March increased by 2,588 from the previous month to hit a record high of 1,641,523, up for the first time in three months, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said Wednesday. (Japan Times)
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Japan to promote direct Asian currency exchanges

June 6, 2017 - 23:19
Japan's Ministry of Finance seeks to create a market enabling direct exchanges of the yen and other Asian currencies without using the dollar as an intermediary, an idea that could reduce funding costs for financial institutions and businesses. (Nikkei)
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Owners unclear for 27 percent of land in rural Japan: survey

June 6, 2017 - 22:59
Nearly 27 pct of land in rural areas in Japan does not have identified owners now, according to the Justice Ministry's first survey on the current state of land ownership, released on Tuesday. (Jiji)
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World Bank revises up Japan 2017 growth forecast to 1.5 pct

June 5, 2017 - 22:38
The World Bank said Sunday that it projects 1.5 pct growth in Japan's real gross domestic product for 2017, up 0.6 percentage point from its previous forecast in January. (Jiji)
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Foreign money pours into tech stocks to fuel Tokyo rally

June 3, 2017 - 00:04
The inflow of international funds into information technology and semiconductors powered the Nikkei Stock Average's recovery Friday to above 20,000. But the automotive and financial sectors are faltering, highlighting the gap between Japanese equities and their foreign peers. (Nikkei)
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BOJ's assets top 500 trillion yen for 1st time

June 2, 2017 - 22:48
The Bank of Japan said Friday its total assets, such as its holdings of Japanese government bonds, stocks and other securities, has topped 500 trillion yen for the first time ever. (Jiji)
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Japan to use debt-to-GDP ratio as new fiscal reform gauge

June 1, 2017 - 22:45
The Japanese government plans to place emphasis on its efforts for lowering the proportion of the country's outstanding public debts to its gross domestic product as an indicator for measuring its fiscal reconstruction efforts, informed sources said Thursday. (Jiji)
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Number of companies in Japan down 6.3 pct in 4 years

May 31, 2017 - 23:17
The number of companies in Japan fell 6.3 pct from February 2012 to 3,866,537 as of June 1 last year, a government survey showed Wednesday. (Jiji)
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