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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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Population surge brings commuter pain to Tokyo waterfront

March 22, 2017 - 04:51
The population in Tokyo's waterfront areas has ballooned in recent years and is only expected to keep climbing after the 2020 Olympics, ratcheting up pressure on the local government to expand its already crowded public transit system. (Nikkei)
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Japan land prices edge up

March 21, 2017 - 22:20
Residential land prices in Japan have risen for the first time in 9 years. Demand was firm thanks to low mortgage rates on the back of the central bank's negative interest rate policy. Also helping out home buyers was a tax break. (NHK)
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Strong yen puts Tokyo, Osaka back on list of world's 10 most costly cities

March 21, 2017 - 22:14
Tokyo and Osaka are again among the 10 most expensive cities in the world due to the stronger yen, according to a new global survey. (Japan Today)
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Abe, Merkel agree to work with U.S. in promoting trade

March 20, 2017 - 21:43
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed Monday that Japan and Europe should work together with the United States to promote free trade. (Kyodo)
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Abe says Japan, Germany should lead the way on free trade

March 19, 2017 - 22:14
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called on Sunday for Germany and Japan to work together to champion free trade. (
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Major Japan firms to grant smallest pay scale hikes in 4 yrs

March 15, 2017 - 21:55
Many major Japanese companies, including automakers and electronics makers, on Wednesday proposed raising their pay scales for the fourth straight year, but the hikes will be the smallest in the four years. (Jiji)
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Govt. to set monthly maximum overtime hours

March 13, 2017 - 21:55
Japanese business and labor leaders are close to a final agreement on limiting worker's overtime hours. (NHK)
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Saudi king seeks help on diversifying economy

March 13, 2017 - 11:43
King Salman and hundreds of business leaders from Saudi Arabia began talks in Japan Monday mainly expected to focus on economic ties. (Japan Today)
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Japan says no barriers to auto imports after U.S. fires trade salvo

March 10, 2017 - 22:47
Japan on Friday rejected U.S. demands for more access to Japan's auto market, saying the government has already taken steps to eliminate tariffs and non-tariff barriers. (Japan Today)
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Weaker yen pushes Nikkei to year's highest close

March 10, 2017 - 10:10
Share prices on the Tokyo Stock Exchange rose on Friday, with a key index closing at a new high for the year as the yen weakened against the dollar. (NHK)
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Monthly pay in Japan show largest growth in nearly 17 years

March 9, 2017 - 21:07
Basic wages in Japan increased 0.8 pct from a year earlier to 238,737 yen on average in January, registering the sharpest rise in 16 years and 10 months, the labor ministry said in a preliminary report on Thursday. (Jiji)
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Media shown renovation work on BOJ building

March 9, 2017 - 20:51
The Bank of Japan has given the media a rare view of ongoing renovations to its main building. (NHK)
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Japanese agriculture enjoys 'high level' of protection: WTO

March 8, 2017 - 22:04
The Japanese agricultural sector enjoys a "high level" of protection and support from policy measures, the World Trade Organization said Wednesday. (Jiji)
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Japan GDP spurred by 3-year high in private investment growth

March 8, 2017 - 06:14
Increased capital expenditures in Japan's private sector buoyed the country's economic growth in the 2016 October-December quarter. (Nikkei)
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Inflation returns to Japan for the first time in more than a year

March 4, 2017 - 02:39
Japan's core consumer prices have risen for the first time in over a year thanks to a pickup in energy costs, marking a rare victory in the government's long battle against deflation. (
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From veggies to weddings, Japan enjoyed diverse IPOs in 2016

March 3, 2017 - 22:54
Companies selling farm-fresh vegetables, performing wedding services and providing temporary staffing of middle-aged and elderly workers were among the smorgasbord of IPOs Japan saw in 2016, its most diverse year since 2007. (Nikkei)
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Japan, Australia agree to strengthen economic ties

March 1, 2017 - 21:47
The economy ministers of Japan and Australia have confirmed the importance of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal. (NHK)
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Japan's gender wage gap persists despite progress

February 22, 2017 - 21:44
Japanese women's wages hit an all-time high last year, but they continued to earn far less than men. (Nikkei)
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Japan aims to attract more foreign workers amid growth in tourism

February 21, 2017 - 22:19
The Japanese government compiled a plan Tuesday to ease visa restrictions for foreign workers in designated special economic zones to address the growing need for services amid a rise in the number of visitors to the country. (Kyodo)
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