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TPP ministers reach agreement

October 5, 2015 - 21:50
Delegates from 12 countries participating in talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact reached an agreement and issued a joint statement Monday morning. (The Japan News)
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Japan's economic strains laid bare by poor pensioners

October 5, 2015 - 04:30
At 11.30am on June 30, 71-year-old Haruo Hayashizaki boarded a train bound for Osaka, poured petrol over his head and set himself on fire. The heat was so intense, it melted the carriage ceiling. Hayashizaki's suicide also killed 52-year-old Yoshiko Kuwabara. (
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TPP talks enter final extension / Bio-drugs field still sticking point

October 4, 2015 - 21:25
Delegates from 12 countries taking part in talks over the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact Saturday morning here decided to extend the talks for another day through Sunday, aiming to reach a broad agreement in three areas, including biopharmaceuticals. (The Japan News)
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Kuroda's retreat from bonds stymied by expectations for more BOJ stimulus

October 2, 2015 - 23:39
With the economy weakening markedly, banks are flocking to longer-dated government debt on expectations the Bank of Japan will expand its stimulus program. That's creating fresh challenges for BOJ Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda, who's trying to get banks to buy fewer bonds and lend more. (Japan Times)
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Japan makes concession in TPP auto talks

October 2, 2015 - 23:19
12 Pacific-rim nations are trying to break the logjam on the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade agreement. (NHK)
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My Number poses dilemma for bar hostesses, others moonlighting after work

October 1, 2015 - 23:49
A dirty little secret of one Japanese "office lady" stereotype is that some women, dissatisfied with their clerical salaries, augment their earnings by moonlighting as bar hostesses. (Japan Times)
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Abe's Y600 trillion GDP goal called 'impossible'

September 30, 2015 - 23:41
After enacting contentious security bills earlier this month, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has declared that he is refocusing on the economy, with the goal of boosting gross domestic product by 20 percent to ¥600 trillion in 2020. (Japan Times)
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Nikkei loses more than 700 points

September 29, 2015 - 10:09
On the Tokyo Stock Exchange, the key Nikkei index lost more than 700 points on Tuesday due to fears over the global economic outlook. (NHK)
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Japan's Amari pledges utmost efforts to strike TPP accord

September 29, 2015 - 10:07
Akira Amari, Japan's minister for Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks, pledged Tuesday to make the utmost efforts to form a broad agreement among the 12 TPP countries at the ministerial conference starting on Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
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Abe promises to promote women's empowerment

September 27, 2015 - 23:50
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday vowed to further promote initiatives on women's empowerment next year when his country hosts a summit of the Group of Seven industrialized nations. (Japan Today)
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Japan's consumer price slide skips daily necessities

September 26, 2015 - 03:51
Japan's consumer prices fell overall in August on cheap oil -- the first decline since the country's current round of monetary easing began in April 2013. But rising food costs held larger sway over consumers' economic outlooks. (Nikkei)
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Japan, China, S.Korea to continue FTA talks

September 26, 2015 - 01:46
Officials from Japan, China and South Korea have wrapped up the 8th round of talks on a free trade deal without narrowing differences. They only agreed to continue negotiations. (NHK)
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Japan-backed special economic zone opens in Myanmar

September 23, 2015 - 22:19
A ceremony was held Wednesday to mark the partial opening of the Thilawa special economic zone, a huge industrial complex being built near Yangon, the largest city in Myanmar. (Jiji Press)
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Commercial land prices in Japan's 3 largest cities rise again

September 23, 2015 - 00:01
Commercial land prices in Japan's three largest metropolitan areas rose 2.3 per cent in 12 months to June, extending gains as low interest rates spurred property acquisitions, a government survey showed. (
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TSE high-speed trading system set

September 22, 2015 - 23:28
The Tokyo Stock Exchange will upgrade its trading system Thursday by introducing an even faster buying and selling mechanism to greatly increase its transaction capacity. (The Japan News)
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Part-time wages reach record high

September 20, 2015 - 23:11
A survey shows hourly wages of part-time workers in Japan registered a record high in August for the third month in a row due to labor shortages. (NHK)
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Former vice finance minister Sakakibara sees end to era of weaker yen

September 18, 2015 - 23:42
The era of a weaker yen is coming to an end and Japan's currency may strengthen toward 115 per dollar, according to Eisuke Sakakibara, a former vice finance minister. (Japan Times)
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China's woes could derail Abenomics

September 17, 2015 - 23:51
Just as Japanese growth was starting to pick up from the repercussions of last year's consumption tax hike, a new shock has hit the economy: China's economic woes. (Nikkei)
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Japan's land prices show smaller falls for 6th year

September 16, 2015 - 12:35
Average land prices in both residential and commercial areas in Japan showed smaller year-on-year falls for the sixth year in a row, the land ministry said Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
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BOJ chief shows optimistic view about Japanese economy

September 15, 2015 - 09:52
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda presented Tuesday an optimistic view of the Japanese economy, saying it is expected to continue recovering though a slowdown in emerging market countries has started to hurt the country's exports and production. (Kyodo)
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