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Spousal tax reform seen lifting Japanese consumption

December 9, 2016 - 11:08
Ruling coalition tax reform plans will boost private consumption in Japan by encouraging housewives and other secondary earners to pursue higher take-home pay. (Nikkei)
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Nikkei rewrites 2016 closing high for second day

December 9, 2016 - 11:06
The benchmark Nikkei average extended its winning streak to a fourth session Friday, reflecting higher overseas equities overnight, and rewrote its 2016 closing high for a second straight day. (Japan Times)
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Record high Japanese households on welfare

December 7, 2016 - 11:03
The number of households on welfare in Japan marked a record high for the second straight month in September, as more elderly people need support. (NHK)
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Trump's stimulus plan may give Japan a welcome tailwind in 2017

December 6, 2016 - 23:41
For now, the global winds are at Japan's back. (Japan Times)
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Japan's real wage index stays flat in Oct.

December 6, 2016 - 23:24
Japan's price-adjusted real wage index in October stayed flat from a year before, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said Tuesday. (Jiji)
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Japan enacts bill to allow use of dormant deposits

December 2, 2016 - 09:20
Japan's parliament enacted Friday a bill to open the way for the use of so-called dormant deposits left intact for at least 10 years for public-interest activities. (Jiji)
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Gravy train ends as Japan pays for long-term debt once again

December 2, 2016 - 04:38
The Japanese government will return to paying interest on new 10-year bonds, after essentially getting paid to issue debt for the past 10 months. (Nikkei)
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Abenomics has a serious millennials problem

November 29, 2016 - 22:56
Weeks rarely get worse for world leaders than the one Shinzo Abe just had. (Japan Times)
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Japan to compile guidelines on equal pay for equal work by year-end

November 29, 2016 - 22:43
The Japanese government plans to draw up by the end of this year guidelines aimed at increasing wages of nonregular workers to some 80 pct of those of regular employees, informed sources said Tuesday. (Jiji)
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Japan Oct. household spending down for 8th straight month

November 29, 2016 - 06:14
The average consumption spending by Japanese households in October fell 0.4 pct from a year before in price-adjusted real terms, down for the eighth consecutive month, a government report showed Tuesday. (Jiji)
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Others now following prescient analyst who predicted yen's slide

November 28, 2016 - 10:40
Calling for a weaker yen was a lonely post six months ago for Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC's Mansoor Mohi-uddin. Now the Singapore-based strategist is getting plenty of company from others who are joining him in forecasting the currency will slide to 120 per dollar. (Japan Times)
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Japan suffers longest consumer price fall since 2011

November 25, 2016 - 23:25
Japan's consumer prices fell in October, government data showed Friday, extending the longest string of declines in five years and underscoring its struggles to conquer deflation. (Japan Today)
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Trump's TPP death blow forces Japan to rebuild trade strategy

November 22, 2016 - 23:00
Japan faces the need to rebuild its trade strategy that has centered around the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement after U.S. President-elect Donald Trump dealt an effective death blow to the regional free trade pact. (Jiji)
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BOJ's fixed-rate JGB buying operations effective: policymaker

November 21, 2016 - 20:47
The Bank of Japan's new measure of offering to buy unlimited amounts of Japanese governments bonds at a fixed yield seems to be effective, as interest rates have fallen since such operations were carried out last week, BOJ Policy Board member Takako Masai said Monday. (Jiji)
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Keidanren urges govt to boost number of foreign workers

November 21, 2016 - 20:42
The Japan Business Federation, or Keidanren, called on the Japanese government Monday to take measures to allow more foreigners to work in Japan to help promote research and development efforts and ease labor shortages in domestic industries. (Jiji)
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Could Japan's bond bubble get Trumped?

November 20, 2016 - 10:31
Speculators are descending on Tokyo again. Not the currency kind, but activist bond traders testing how tolerant the Bank of Japan is about rising yields. Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda's answer: not very. (Japan Times)
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Japan, Russia compile economic cooperation plan

November 19, 2016 - 23:18
Officials from Japan and Russia have worked out details of an economic cooperation program. The plan lists concrete projects and their schedules in line with the 8-point proposal presented by Japan to Russia earlier this year. (NHK)
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Japan, 6 other TPP members affirm need for U.S. participation

November 19, 2016 - 00:10
Japan and six other members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact agreed at a ministerial meeting on Thursday that U.S. participation is indispensable for the 12-country agreement. (Jiji)
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APEC free trade discussion ongoing in Peru

November 18, 2016 - 08:05
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation members are holding talks in Lima, Peru, and just wrapped up their first day on Thursday. (NHK)
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High-income elderly in Japan urged to pay more health care costs

November 17, 2016 - 22:21
A Finance Ministry panel urged the government Thursday to make elderly people with higher incomes pay more for medical treatment as part of efforts to improve fiscal discipline amid Japan's rapidly graying society. (Japan Times)
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