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CPI rises for 15th month in a row

April 20, 2018 - 23:25
Japanese government officials have released their leading gauge of inflation. The Consumer Price Index rose for the 15th straight month in March. (NHK)
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Japan logs trade surplus of 797.3 b. yen in March

April 18, 2018 - 22:21
Japan logged a customs-cleared trade surplus of 797.3 billion yen in March, compared with 603.5 billion yen in surplus a year before, the Ministry of Finance said Wednesday. (Jiji)
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Japan's workers win biggest pay raises in 20 years

April 16, 2018 - 23:51
Japanese workers appear headed for their biggest wage increase in two decades as companies led by the logistics and retail sectors compete for a slice of the country's ever-shrinking workforce. (Nikkei)
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Women's presence increasing at BOJ

April 16, 2018 - 23:38
The presence of women is increasing at the Bank of Japan after a series of measures to make it easier for employees to balance work with family life. (Jiji)
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Japan, China to work on infrastructure development

April 15, 2018 - 23:00
Japanese and Chinese ministers in charge of economic affairs have agreed to work together to develop infrastructure in third countries, based on an agreement reached by their leaders last year in a summit. (NHK)
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Japan's plunging population adds urgency to immigration talk

April 13, 2018 - 22:59
Japan's population fell for the seventh straight year in 2017, with the native population dropping at a record pace, while the influx of foreign residents forestalled an even steeper decline. (Nikkei)
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Japan to focus on cutting social security spending over next 3 years

April 12, 2018 - 22:53
The Japanese government will focus on cutting social security spending with specific targets over the next three years or so, bracing for an accelerating rise in social security costs in and after fiscal 2022, when baby boomers begin to reach 75 years old, officials said Thursday. (Jiji)
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Panel starts reviewing Japan pension work outsourcing

April 10, 2018 - 22:20
An investigative panel of the Japan Pension Service held its first meeting Tuesday to review the organization's outsourcing of its work in the wake of the revelations of errors and contract violations by data input subcontractors. (Jiji)
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BOJ chief Kuroda renews inflation pledge at start of 2nd term

April 9, 2018 - 20:25
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda on Monday started his second term by renewing his commitment to the central bank's target of achieving 2 pct inflation. (Jiji)
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Current account surplus at $19.4 billion in Feb.

April 9, 2018 - 20:15
Japanese government officials have released data that measures the country's trade and investment with the rest of the world. They say the current account balance in February stayed in the black for the 44th straight month. (NHK)
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Why global speculators love the yen

April 6, 2018 - 21:09
The Japanese yen is the sweetheart of global speculators. Speculators loath uncertainty but thrive on calculated risk, and the yen offers unparalleled favorable odds for fast-paced global money managers. (Japan Times)
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Japan's long growth run faces turning point as wages and spending fall

April 6, 2018 - 21:08
Japan’s longest run of economic expansion since the 1980s asset bubble may be entering a turning point, with data out on Friday suggesting consumption will fail to drive growth if trade frictions undermine exports. (Japan Times)
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Japan faces losses on grain, production fronts if U.S.-China trade war erupts

April 5, 2018 - 20:52
The escalating trade row between Washington and Beijing could impact Japanese companies that source production in China and export grain from U.S. subsidiaries. But many so far appear to be taking a wait-and-see approach on whether the world’s two largest economies will follow through on their proposed tariffs or find a solution that allows both to save face. (Japan Times)
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BOJ survey: Consumers feel price pinch

April 5, 2018 - 19:40
A Bank of Japan survey shows that an increasing number of people feel they have become worse off, mainly because of rising prices. The central bank carries out the poll every 3 months to gauge consumer sentiment. (NHK)
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Bank of Japan's bid to taper by stealth made tougher by supercharged yen

March 30, 2018 - 23:42
The Bank of Japan is finding out just how hard it is to be stealthy — when everyone is looking right at you. (Japan Times)
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Japan land prices rise

March 27, 2018 - 20:42
Land prices in Japan's three biggest cities and their surrounding urban areas have increased for a fifth straight year. Prices are also starting to rise in the rest of the country, for the first time in 26 years. (NHK)
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Low inflation drops Tokyo out of world's top 10 most expensive cities and into tie with Osaka for 11th

March 19, 2018 - 23:29
Singapore remains the world's most expensive city for the fifth consecutive year, with Paris, Zurich and Hong Kong following closely behind, according to the Worldwide Cost of Living Survey published on Thursday. (Japan Times)
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Japan exchange introduces AI for market surveillance

March 19, 2018 - 23:10
Japan Exchange Group Inc. said Monday it has introduced artificial intelligence systems for market surveillance operations to detect price manipulations and other misconduct. (Jiji)
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Foreigners sell off stocks in Tokyo for the ninth week

March 15, 2018 - 23:27
Overseas investors were net sellers of Japanese equities for the ninth straight week through March 9 as a strong yen and U.S. President Donald Trump's protectionist policies rattled markets. (Nikkei)
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11 nations sign revamped TPP in Chile

March 8, 2018 - 21:46
Eleven Pacific Rim countries signed the revised Trans-Pacific Partnership here Thursday afternoon, finalizing the trade and investment agreement just over a year after the American withdrawal left its fate in question. (Nikkei)
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