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Japan's trade balance in red for 29th month

December 17, 2014 - 23:38
Japan's trade balance remained in the red for the 29th straight month in November. That's the longest streak since comparable data became available in 1979. (NHK)
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Government revises tax revenue forecasts

December 17, 2014 - 22:44
The Japanese government has revised upwards its tax-revenue estimates for the current fiscal year. Officials say revenue will exceed the projection they made late last year by 1.7 trillion yen, or about 14.5 billion dollars. (NHK)
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Japan's export volume falls despite weak yen

December 17, 2014 - 05:10
Japan's exports grew 4.9% in value in November but fell 1.7% by volume, the latest indication that a weaker yen has failed to stoke exports and real economic activity. (Wall Street Journal)
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Japan's investment in China continues to dip

December 16, 2014 - 21:57
Total direct foreign investment in China is up marginally this year. But that from Japan continues to decline. (NHK)
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Abe asks for business, labor effort to raise wages

December 16, 2014 - 11:53
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has asked leaders of the business community to continuously raise worker wages. Business leaders pledged to make their utmost efforts to do so. (NHK)
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Tokyo stocks drop 2.01% by close

December 16, 2014 - 11:48
Tokyo stocks sank 2.01 percent Tuesday, following heavy losses on Wall Street and a plunge in oil prices, while a stronger yen hit exporters. (
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Government mulls 'couple' tax deduction

December 15, 2014 - 22:57
The government is considering a system that would reduce the taxable income of a household's main breadwinner by a specific sum regardless of how much their spouse earns, government sources said. (The Japan News)
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Abe focuses on economic measures, keeps coalition

December 15, 2014 - 22:32
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe got down to work on Monday to launch his third Cabinet, following the Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito's resounding victory in Sunday's House of Representatives election. (The Japan News)
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Tokyo stocks end 1.57pc lower

December 15, 2014 - 08:05
Tokyo stocks closed 1.57 percent lower Monday as investors shrugged off Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's widely expected weekend election win and focused on drops on Wall Street and lower oil prices. (
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Japan's towering debt still a fearsome prospect

December 14, 2014 - 23:00
While overcoming deflation may be Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's top priority, taming rampant government debt will pose no less of a challenge. (Nikkei)
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Cloning Japan's economic diet will not suit others

December 13, 2014 - 23:12
The recent decision by the Bank of Japan to increase the scope of its quantitative easing is a signal that another round of currency wars may be under way. (
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WTO postpones talks on IT tariffs

December 13, 2014 - 22:43
Trade officials from countries belonging to the World Trade Organization have postponed a deal to eliminate tariffs on high-technology products. (NHK)
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As Japan burns more coal, climate policies come under pressure

December 12, 2014 - 04:46
Once at the forefront of the fight again global warming, Japan is now facing calls from other big economies such as China to set fresh emissions targets as Tokyo increases its use of dirty coal energy to replace nuclear. (
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Japan Oct. core machinery orders down 6.4 pct

December 11, 2014 - 11:57
Japan's seasonally adjusted core machinery orders in October fell 6.4 pct from the previous month, the Cabinet Office said Thursday. (Jiji Press)
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Tokyo shares end down 0.89pc

December 11, 2014 - 08:44
Tokyo stocks fell 0.89 percent Thursday, with exporters hurt by a stronger yen and as investors booked year-end profits. (
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Japan's persisting gender gap leaves many single moms in poverty

December 10, 2014 - 07:28
Yuka Suzuki, 47, has virtually no savings, earns about half the average national wage and cannot see where the money will come from to retire one day. (Japan Times)
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Tokyo stocks close down 2.25pc

December 10, 2014 - 07:25
Tokyo shares closed down 2.25 percent on Wednesday following a sell-off across global markets, while a stronger yen pressured exporters. (
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Fitch puts Japan credit rating under negative watch

December 10, 2014 - 03:32
Fitch Ratings said Tuesday that it has placed its A plus sovereign credit rating on Japan under negative watch for a potential downgrade, citing the country's delay in a consumption tax rate hike. (Jiji Press)
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Tokyo stocks close 0.68pc lower

December 9, 2014 - 08:15
Tokyo stocks closed 0.68 percent lower Tuesday as traders took their cash off the table after racking up seven successive gains, while Wall Street retreated from record highs. (
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Tokyo stocks close flat

December 8, 2014 - 08:14
Tokyo stocks have closed flat with buying prompted by strong US jobs data and a weak yen fizzling. (
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