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Japan’s health insurance system remains deficit-ridden despite reforms

August 17, 2018 - 23:50
The national health insurance program underwent a major reform at the start of fiscal 2018 that saw prefectures, rather than municipalities, begin managing the deficit-ridden system to improve its financial base. (Japan Times)
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Japan posts steepest pay growth in 21 years

August 7, 2018 - 23:16
Overall pay for workers in Japan in June posted the steepest growth in over 21 years in real terms, as bonuses increased on upbeat corporate earnings, the labor ministry said Tuesday. (Jiji)
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Higher mortgage rates for homeowners

August 6, 2018 - 22:23
The Bank of Japan last week decided to allow the yield on the 10-year government bond to move in a wider range. (NHK)
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Japan economic expansion becoming longest since World War II: white paper

August 3, 2018 - 22:17
The Japanese economy's ongoing expansion phase is becoming the longest since the end of World War II, a white paper said Friday. (Jiji)
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China loses spot as world's No. 2 stock market to Japan

August 3, 2018 - 22:16
China's stock market has been overtaken as the world's second-biggest by Japan's, having been swiped this year by the threat of a trade war with the United States and slowing economic growth. (Japan Today)
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Vegetable prices soaring in Japan amid scorching heat

August 3, 2018 - 22:10
Vegetable prices are soaring in Japan due to effects of record-breaking scorching heat. (Jiji)
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Japan's habits of overwork are hard to change

August 2, 2018 - 23:08
Japanese work notoriously hard—to which the abundance of comatose passengers on the commuter trains attests. (The Economist)
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Japan OK with Britain joining the TPP

July 31, 2018 - 22:17
Japan will support Britain in joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership accord as both countries seek to promote free and rules-based trade, economy revitalization minister Toshimitsu Motegi said Tuesday. (Japan Times)
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Kuroda takes pains to tweak policy as loosening lengthens

July 31, 2018 - 21:58
The Bank of Japan's decision on Tuesday to continue "powerful monetary easing" but to also allow long-term interest rates to move in a wider band reflects the dilemma faced by Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda. (Nikkei)
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Cash piles push Japan megabanks closer to paying BOJ interest

July 27, 2018 - 22:17
The influx of cash into Japan's biggest banks and their parking of such money at the Bank of Japan are putting large commercial banks on the verge of having to pay the central bank interest on deposits there for the first time in two years. (Nikkei)
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Japanese veggie prices shoot up amid heat wave; inmate dies in Aichi

July 26, 2018 - 23:16
Vegetable prices have spiked as much as 65 percent amid a grueling two-week long heat wave that drove temperatures Wednesday to records in some regions, including areas where recovery and cleanup efforts are underway after devastating floods and landslides. (Japan Times)
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Scale of Japan's sharing economy put at around 500 billion yen in 2016

July 25, 2018 - 22:04
Japan's so-called sharing economy, including "minpaku" private lodging businesses, totaled 470 billion to 525 billion yen in 2016, according to Cabinet Office estimates released on Wednesday. (Jiji)
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Abe acts on plan to attract more foreign workers

July 24, 2018 - 22:57
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is putting in motion a plan to allow more foreign workers into Japan from next April. (NHK)
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Japan has no interest in trade deal with just U.S., top government spokesman says

July 23, 2018 - 23:26
One of Japan’s top policymakers has indicated that the government will continue to resist U.S. efforts to create a bilateral free trade agreement between the two nations. (Japan Times)
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Share of working mothers in Japan tops 70 percent for 1st time

July 20, 2018 - 23:15
The proportion of women with children who said they were employed stood at a record high of 70.8 pct in 2017, exceeding 70 pct for the first time, a survey by the labor ministry showed Friday. (Jiji)
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TPP members want 2019 launch

July 19, 2018 - 22:21
Negotiators for the 11 signatories to the Trans-Pacific Partnership have agreed to work toward launching the free trade pact early next year. They also assented to preparing for future membership expansion. (NHK)
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IMF: Growth starting to slow in Japan, euro zone

July 18, 2018 - 21:51
The head of the International Monetary Fund says economic growth has started slowing in Japan and the euro zone. (NHK)
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Reaction to Japan-EU free trade deal

July 17, 2018 - 23:09
Many retailers and consumers in Japan are welcoming the free trade pact with the European Union. They are expecting it to lower prices for a range of gourmet products and provide a boost to the economy. (NHK)
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Ratio of working women jumps to record in Japan

July 13, 2018 - 23:23
More than three-quarters of Japanese women of prime age to start families are now in the workforce, signaling a break from the long-running trend of mothers quitting jobs to care for newborn babies. (Nikkei)
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Japanese industries eye foreign workers

July 12, 2018 - 21:23
Japan's government is counting on foreign workers to ease the labor shortage in a range of industries. (NHK)
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