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BOJ seen cutting inflation estimates

October 26, 2016 - 22:15
The Bank of Japan is expected to discuss revising down its inflation estimates and pushing back its forecast for when inflation will reach its target of 2 pct at its two-day Policy Board meeting from Tuesday, informed sources said. (Jiji)
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Japan ranks 111th in world gender equality

October 26, 2016 - 21:59
A Swiss research institute has downgraded Japan to 111th in the world ranking of gender equality, citing big gaps between men and women in politics and economics. (NHK)
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Over 60 pct of Japanese firms suffer labor shortage

October 25, 2016 - 22:20
Over 60 pct of companies in Japan are short-staffed, the Finance Ministry said Tuesday. (Jiji)
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BOJ watching real estate market

October 24, 2016 - 22:28
The Bank of Japan is closely monitoring developments in the real estate market. It says financial institutions are lending more to the sector as property prices rise in the metropolitan areas. (NHK)
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China gobbling up Japanese government bonds

October 22, 2016 - 22:10
China is on a shopping spree, buying up Japanese government bonds. (Nikkei)
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Japan facing severe job skills mismatch: report

October 21, 2016 - 21:18
Japan's labor market has the largest gap between skills and job requirements in the Asia-Pacific region, a report released Friday by the U.K.-based Hays recruitment agency shows. (Nikkei)
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Japan looks to tighten inheritance tax on foreign assets

October 21, 2016 - 01:38
Japanese policymakers are proposing an overhaul of the country's inheritance tax, targeting those who shift their wealth abroad to take advantage of a foreign residency loophole. (Nikkei)
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Govt. and business aim to boost consumption

October 18, 2016 - 22:10
Japanese government and business officials have come up with a plan called "Premium Fridays" to boost consumer spending. (NHK)
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US sees Japan closer to 'currency manipulator' tag than China

October 17, 2016 - 18:50
The U.S. appears to view Japan as a bigger currency manipulator than China despite the yen's strength and the yuan's weakness against the dollar over the past year, suggesting that Tokyo's hands will remain tied in currency markets for now. (Nikkei)
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Tokyo's sharing economy vision excludes Uber

October 17, 2016 - 11:50
The Japanese government's vision for a sharing economy apparently has little room for one important trend -- the growing global popularity of ride-hailing services. (Nikkei)
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TPP necessary for Japan's future: PM Abe

October 17, 2016 - 11:44
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stressed Monday that the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact is essential for Japan's growth and regional stability. (Jiji Press)
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Kuroda hints at more easing if necessary

October 17, 2016 - 11:30
The governor of the Bank of Japan has again expressed his readiness to take additional credit-easing measures, depending on economic conditions. (NHK)
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Japan parliament approves supplementary budget to stimulate economy

October 11, 2016 - 22:32
Japan's parliament approved a 4.11 trillion yen ($40 billion) supplementary budget on Tuesday to stimulate an economy dampened by sluggish growth amid weak consumer demand and business investment. (Kyodo)
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Nikkei ends above 17,000 on strong oil and weak yen

October 11, 2016 - 12:56
The Nikkei average closed above 17,000 for the first time in more than a month on Tuesday, thanks to a surge in crude oil and a weakening yen. (Japan Times)
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Japan labor shortage to continue as spousal tax break revision falters within ruling bloc

October 9, 2016 - 11:04
A drastic change in the nation's tax system to encourage greater workforce participation by women could have been an effective prescription to addressing a labor shortage in the rapidly aging country. (Japan Times)
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BOJ chief sees no need to cut rates now

October 9, 2016 - 11:02
Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda has said the central bank "will not hesitate" on monetary easing if necessary, but noted that the Japanese economy's moderate recovery means such action is not currently warranted. (Japan Times)
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Japan Aug. real wage growth at 0.5 pct

October 7, 2016 - 23:05
The price-adjusted real wage index in Japan in August rose 0.5 pct from a year earlier, marking the seventh straight month of growth, the labor ministry said Friday. (Jiji Press)
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Gov't eyes opening farm work, in-home care to foreign workers

October 4, 2016 - 22:39
The Japanese government decided Tuesday to consider allowing skilled foreign workers to work in the agricultural sector in certain special economic zones, while compiling plans to allow certain foreign nursing care workers to provide in-home care services as soon as next year. (Japan Today)
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Japan may postpone new tax deduction for married couples

October 3, 2016 - 20:00
Some officials of the Japanese government and ruling camp are calling for postponing the introduction of a proposed tax deduction scheme for married couples that is aimed at replacing the existing spousal tax deduction, informed sources said Monday. (Jiji Press)
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BOJ chief Kuroda has ruined his chances for second term: Abe aide Nakahara

October 3, 2016 - 07:51
Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda has ruined his chances of getting a second full term, according to Nobuyuki Nakahara, who has advised the prime minister on the economy and was an intellectual father of the BOJ's first run at quantitative easing in 2001. (Japan Times)
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