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Major manufacturers cautiously optimistic

September 24, 2017 - 23:40
The Bank of Japan's Tankan survey is expected to indicate that Japanese business sentiment is continuing to improve slightly. The report is due out next week. (NHK)
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BOJ Kuroda defends yield curve control

September 21, 2017 - 23:49
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda defended the BOJ's yield curve control on Thursday, the first anniversary of the key item in the bank's ultraeasy monetary policy regime. (Jiji)
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Japan logs trade surplus of 113.6 b. yen in Aug.

September 20, 2017 - 06:49
Japan logged a customs-cleared trade surplus of 113.6 billion yen in August, compared with 34.6 billion yen in deficit a year before, the Finance Ministry said in a preliminary report Wednesday. (Jiji)
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Land prices rise 0.5 pct in Japan commercial districts

September 19, 2017 - 22:58
The average land price in commercial districts in Japan as of July 1 inched up 0.5 pct from a year earlier, mainly reflecting higher demand for hotel and store sites on the back of an increasing number of inbound visitors, a land ministry survey report showed Tuesday. (Jiji)
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Koike criticizes Abenomics for lack of growth feeling

September 16, 2017 - 23:28
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike criticized Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Abenomics economic policy mix on Saturday for failing to allow people to feel the benefits of economic growth. (Jiji)
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Japan medical costs drop for first time in 14 yrs in FY 2016

September 15, 2017 - 22:37
The total amount of money paid to medical institutions in Japan to cover treatment of injuries and diseases fell 0.4 pct from the previous year to 41,286.5 billion yen in fiscal 2016, the health ministry said in a preliminary report Friday. (Jiji)
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Japan's regional bank consolidation 'inevitable' as BOJ's prolonged ultraeasy policy hurts profits: FSA

September 11, 2017 - 10:30
Further consolidation among Japan's regional banks is inevitable given the rapidly aging population and ultralow interest rates, according to an adviser to the Financial Services Agency. (Japan Times)
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Japan aims to boost annual rice exports to 100,000 tons

September 9, 2017 - 00:14
Japan's agriculture ministry said Friday it has set an ambitious goal of increasing annual rice exports to 100,000 tons by 2019. (Jiji)
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Japan's real wage logs sharpest fall in 25 months in July

September 6, 2017 - 21:57
The price-adjusted real wage index in Japan in July fell 0.8 pct from a year earlier, posting the steepest drop since June 2015, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said in a preliminary report on Wednesday. (Jiji)
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Japanese industrial output slipped in July on shrinking inventories

September 1, 2017 - 00:03
Japan's factory output turned downward in July as manufacturers cut back on inventory stockpiles, government data showed Thursday. (Japan Times)
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Premium rate for corporate pension program reaching limit

August 31, 2017 - 22:28
The premium rate for the "kosei nenkin" pension program for corporate employees will be increased from 18.18 pct to 18.30 pct on Friday, reaching a limit set under a 2004 reform by the Japanese government. (Jiji)
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Japan urges Britain to minimize Brexit impact

August 31, 2017 - 22:26
Japanese government and business leaders urged Britain on Thursday to minimize the negative impact of the country's exist from the European Union, or Brexit. (Jiji)
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Japanese panel seeks to use vacant houses in event of major quake

August 29, 2017 - 23:23
A Japanese government advisory panel on Tuesday proposed utilizing private vacant houses and rooms to provide temporary housing in the event of a major earthquake. (Jiji)
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July household spending falls despite tight job market

August 29, 2017 - 09:32
Japan's household spending unexpectedly fell in July from a year earlier after last month's spike, data showed Tuesday, casting some doubt on the sustainability of a domestic demand-driven economic recovery seen as vital to boosting tepid inflation. (Japan Today)
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Haruhiko Kuroda cautions that Japan can't maintain current growth rate

August 28, 2017 - 12:24
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda has pledged to forge on with very accommodative monetary policy as he warned that his inflation target remains distant and the current pace of growth in the world's third-largest economy looks unsustainable. (
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Abenomics boom ties Japan's 2nd-longest postwar growth

August 27, 2017 - 23:14
Japan's current economic expansion, whose start coincided with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's return to power, is believed to have entered its 57th month in August, tying the second-longest boom in the postwar period. (Jiji)
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Record 74 percent of Japanese satisfied with their lives: govt poll

August 27, 2017 - 00:50
A Cabinet Office survey showed Saturday that nearly 74 pct of Japanese people are satisfied with their current lives, the highest proportion since the survey item was added in 1963. (Jiji)
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Japan tackling gas station decline in depopulated areas

August 23, 2017 - 23:13
Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry started Wednesday giving advice to depopulated regions with the declining number of gas stations, including recommendations to integrate or transfer existing pump stations to optimal locations. (Jiji)
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Wage hikes in China bring jobs, factories back to Japan

August 23, 2017 - 01:06
While there is no end in sight to off-shoring by Japanese companies, signs are emerging that surging wages in China are encouraging at least some of them to bring jobs, factories and businesses back home. (
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Japan's booming and now needs more immigrants

August 20, 2017 - 12:20
Japan has served its time as a symbol of economic failure. Its latest growth surge puts it in a welcome new role. (Japan Times)
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