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Strong yen obscures potential turnaround for Japan's exports

July 25, 2016 - 23:44
The stronger yen is reducing the value of Japanese exports amid signs of a rebound in volume terms. (Nikkei)
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Japan logs 1st half-year trade surplus after 2011 quake

July 25, 2016 - 05:21
Japan posted a goods trade surplus for a half-year period in January to June for the first time since a massive earthquake and tsunami hit the country in March 2011, due mainly to a plunge in the value of imports on the back of declining crude oil prices, the government said Monday. (Kyodo)
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Japan to defer gift tax exemption for home purchases

July 24, 2016 - 23:22
The Japanese government will defer planned housing-related gift tax breaks, in line with its decision to delay a consumption tax hike from 8 pct to 10 pct for 30 months until October 2019, informed sources have said. (Jiji Press)
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G20 ministers urge tighter tax rules for multinationals

July 23, 2016 - 23:28
The world's major economies need to deepen cooperation on tax collection as companies seek to minimise the amount they pay to governments, finance ministers said Saturday. (Japan Today)
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BOJ's Kuroda rules out possibility of adopting 'helicopter money'

July 21, 2016 - 23:03
Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda has ruled out the possibility that the central bank will introduce so-called "helicopter money," a policy in which the central bank would directly buy national bonds from the government. (Kyodo)
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Japan may be on route for a 'soft' form of helicopter money

July 18, 2016 - 23:11
Japanese policymakers, who won't go as far as funding government spending through direct debt monetisation, might pursue a mix of aggressive fiscal and monetary expansion to battle deflation, say sources familiar with the matter. (Reuters)
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Ex-PM Hatoyama to serve on AIIB advisory committee

July 17, 2016 - 00:15
Former Japanese prime minister Yukio Hatoyama has expressed his willingness to serve on an international advisory committee for the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, AIIB. (NHK)
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Survey: 60% of households find living hard

July 16, 2016 - 23:47
A government survey on living conditions of households in Japan shows that 60 percent of the respondents are having difficulty making ends meet. (NHK)
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Tokyo stocks notch biggest weekly gain in 19 years

July 15, 2016 - 20:30
The Nikkei Stock Average racked up its largest weekly advance since November 1997, buoyed by a sharply weaker yen and headline makers. (Nikkei)
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Kumamoto quakes still have effect on local economy

July 14, 2016 - 05:06
People in southwestern Japan are still trying to find places to stay and rebuild their lives 3 months after the first in a series of earthquakes hit the region. (NHK)
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Japan halves FY '16 real GDP estimate to 0.9 pct growth

July 13, 2016 - 23:20
The Japanese government has nearly halved its real gross domestic product growth estimate for fiscal 2016 to 0.9 pct from 1.7 pct, the Cabinet Office said Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan business chieftains urge Abe to push for early TPP ratification

July 13, 2016 - 10:40
The nation's top business leaders urged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday to seek ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact during an extraordinary Diet session expected to be held in September. (Japan Times)
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Tightening workforce could compel healthy Japanese to work until 80 years old

July 12, 2016 - 05:25
Hiroshi Suzuki had a fulfilling career in which he travelled the world as an engineer. Then, at age 65, he retired. That didn't last long. For the past seven years Suzuki, 72, has been a nursing aide in the Tokyo area, and says he's years away from true retirement. (
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High growth in deposit money

July 11, 2016 - 22:52
People in Japan are keeping more of their money in banks. Many of them are pulling out of investments partly due to increased global risks. (NHK)
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Abe to order compilation of stimulus measures to support economy

July 11, 2016 - 22:15
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday he would order his economic minister the following day to begin compiling stimulus measures to support the domestic economy, following his ruling Liberal Democratic Party's victory in the upper house election. (Kyodo)
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Japan's 20-year government bond yield goes negative for first time

July 6, 2016 - 21:48
The yield on Japan's 20-year government bond Wednesday fell below zero for the first time ever and the 30-year yield dropped as low as 0.015%, as investors seek safety after Britain's vote to leave the European Union. (
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BOJ to discuss cutting inflation forecasts after dismal data

July 4, 2016 - 13:05
In light of recent dismal data on prices, the Bank of Japan is expected to discuss cutting its inflation forecasts at its next monetary policy meeting, scheduled for July 28 and 29. (Japan Times)
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Japan Inc. pares inflation forecasts, adding concerns for Kuroda

July 4, 2016 - 03:32
Japanese companies cut their forecasts for inflation for five years' time, dimming the prospects for Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda meeting the 2 percent inflation target during the next fiscal year as he has projected. (
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Effective measures needed to cope with the rise of the yen

July 3, 2016 - 00:32
Concerns are rising over whether the confusion flowing out of Europe and the growing appreciation of the yen might deal a serious blow to the Japanese economy. We urge the government and the Bank of Japan to raise their alert level. (
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GPIF incurs investment loss of over Y5 tril.

July 2, 2016 - 00:28
The Government Pension Investment Fund, the operator of public pension funds in Japan, incurred an investment loss of over ¥5 trillion in fiscal 2015 due to falling stock prices, informed sources said Friday. (
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