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Japan exasperated by Trump's trade policies

October 16, 2017 - 01:18
Japanese officials are expressing growing frustration with the Trump administration's economic policies, vowing to continue striking trade deals with other countries that undercut U.S. agricultural exports rather than seek a new trade agreement with the United States. (
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Gasoline prices hit 2-year high

October 12, 2017 - 13:21
Gasoline prices in Japan have hit a 2-year high after oil producers cut their output. (NHK)
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IMF warns of banking systemic risk in Japan

October 11, 2017 - 23:11
The International Monetary Fund, in a report released on Wednesday, warned of the risk of problems at only one major bank in Japan causing "stress" in the entire banking system in the country. (Jiji)
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Japanese stock market hits 21-year closing high

October 11, 2017 - 07:51
The Nikkei's rally comes despite a big scandal enveloping Japan's third-biggest steel maker, Kobe Steel. (
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Japan's current account surplus expands to record Y2.38 trillion in August

October 10, 2017 - 11:09
The current account surplus expanded to ¥2.38 trillion ($21 billion) in August - the highest on record for the month - lifted by foreign investments and a bigger trade surplus, government data showed Tuesday. (Japan Times)
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BOJ faces increasing risks as monetary easing drags on

October 4, 2017 - 10:29
While the Federal Reserve is entering the final phase of its exit strategy, there is no end in sight for the BOJ's massive monetary easing policy, which has seen nothing but expansion during Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda's term. (Nikkei)
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Japanese companies struggle to hire, retain staff as labor shortage worsens

October 4, 2017 - 10:26
Companies in Japan's service industries are struggling to hire and retain staff as the labor market becomes the tightest in decades, and are increasingly taking unorthodox steps to alleviate the shortage. (Japan Today)
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Showing mixed results, Abenomics to face voters' verdict

October 4, 2017 - 10:19
In the upcoming general election, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will seek voters' verdict on his signature Abenomics economic policy mix, which he has strongly promoted but is yet to achieve the full range of its intended targets. (Jiji)
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Japan manufacturers' sentiment at 10-year high

October 2, 2017 - 06:28
The Bank of Japan's quarterly survey of large manufacturers shows confidence at its highest level in 10 years. (NHK)
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More women getting jobs regardless of husband's income: white paper

October 1, 2017 - 00:03
More married women are entering the workforce — even those whose husbands are high earners — apparently because they want to, the labor ministry said Friday. (Japan Times)
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Dire shortfall of social security funds

September 28, 2017 - 23:15
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is planning to use the upcoming House of Representatives election to gauge the public’s opinion of his intention to change how increased revenue from the consumption tax hike will be used. (
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Sales tax on track to be hiked in 2019 unless disaster strikes: Abe

September 27, 2017 - 00:08
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reiterated Tuesday his government will hike the consumption tax to 10 percent from the current 8 percent in October 2019 unless a setback such as a major financial crisis or massive earthquake occurs. (Japan Times)
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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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