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Japan mulls concession on rice in TPP negotiations

19 hours 58 min ago
Japan has offered to import more rice from the United States in response to strident calls from Washington to make a concession toward concluding Pacific Rim free trade talks, negotiation sources said Friday. (Kyodo)
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Nikkei gains on strong corporate earnings

January 30, 2015 - 07:17
Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Friday as strong company earnings led by Nomura Holdings and Advantest Corp buoyed the sentiment, but a sell-off in index-heavyweight SoftBank Corp limited the gains. (
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Japan Dec. jobless rate falls to 3.4 pct

January 30, 2015 - 02:17
Japan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stood at 3.4 pct in December, down 0.1 percentage point from the previous month, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said Friday. (Jiji Press)
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Tokyo stocks fall 1.06% by the close

January 29, 2015 - 11:29
Tokyo stocks closed 1.06 percent lower on Thursday, with videogame giant Nintendo and Canon tumbling after their latest earnings disappointed investors, and after Wall Street fell sharply. (
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Japan's 'shunto' wage talks begin

January 29, 2015 - 06:57
The top leaders of Japan's biggest business group and labor union umbrella body held a meeting Thursday, marking the start of "shunto" wage negotiations this year. (Jiji Press)
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Japan's hope may be its hinterlands

January 28, 2015 - 22:45
Japan Inc has changed too much for traditional monetary and fiscal incentives to work on their own. So the ripest targets for the Bank of Japan could well lie outside Tokyo and the headquarters of the country's once world-beating companies (
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Froman seeking early conclusion of TPP talks

January 28, 2015 - 22:20
The top US trade official says he expects countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal to reach agreement on agricultural tariffs within several months. (NHK)
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Japan stocks rise to fresh one-month high as yen weakens

January 28, 2015 - 08:34
Japan stocks gained further on Wednesday to a fresh one-month high, as the yen weakened versus the greenback ahead of the outcome of the Federal Reserve's policy meeting later in the day. (
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Japanese stocks retreat amid Greek concerns, while Chinese market gains

January 26, 2015 - 12:41
Japanese stocks pulled back on Monday as investors worried about Greece remaining in the eurozone after an anti-austerity party won Sunday's election. (
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Japan logs trade deficit of 660.7 billion yen in December

January 26, 2015 - 12:38
Japan logged a customs-cleared trade deficit of 660.7 billion yen in December, much smaller than the year-before deficit of 1,307.2 billion yen, the Ministry of Finance said Monday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan offers compromise on rice in Asia-Pacific trade talks

January 25, 2015 - 14:53
Japan has offered to import more rice from the United States in a compromise aimed at pushing forward the Asia-Pacific regional trade talks, the Nikkei reported on Sunday. (Reuters)
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Tokyo stocks end 1.05% stronger

January 23, 2015 - 09:15
Tokyo stocks have risen 1.05 per cent by the close after European and US markets rallied on the European Central Bank's announcement of a bigger-than-expected stimulus program. (
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Japanese economy will show powerful upward trend in 2015: PM adviser

January 22, 2015 - 14:11
Japan could see some "concrete movement" in its real economy in 2015, an economic adviser to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday, adding that inflation expectations have been rising under the Bank of Japan's monetary stimulus. (Reuters)
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Tokyo shares end 0.28pc higher

January 22, 2015 - 07:44
Tokyo stocks finished 0.28 percent higher Thursday after a day of see-saw trade as investors await the European Central Bank's monetary policy meeting later in the day. (
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Kuroda risks losing face as inflation weakens

January 21, 2015 - 23:22
By acknowledging a delay in reaching the goal of 2% inflation, Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda risks dampening market expectations for policies that have led to a weaker yen and higher stock prices. (Nikkei)
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Japanese supermarket sales down for 18th year on weak spending

January 21, 2015 - 23:21
Existing-store sales at supermarkets in Japan sank for an 18th straight year in 2014 amid sluggish consumer spending on food, apparel and daily necessities, according to figures released Wednesday by the Japan Chain Stores Association. (Nikkei)
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Tokyo stocks buck Asian rally after BoJ cuts inflation view

January 21, 2015 - 09:03
Tokyo shares fell on Wednesday, countering a broad rally in Asian markets, after the Bank of Japan slashed its inflation forecast and held off fresh easing measures after a two-day meeting. (
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BOJ keeps key policy steady, cuts FY 2015 inflation outlook

January 21, 2015 - 08:33
The Bank of Japan Wednesday cut its inflation forecast for the next fiscal year, as the recent plunge in oil prices has put pressure on price increases, crimping the bank's efforts to defeat deflation. (Kyodo)
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Chinese slowdown casting shadow on global economy

January 20, 2015 - 23:35
Economic activity in China is clearly losing steam as the real estate market cools, and the slower growth in the world's second-largest economy is taking a toll on the rest of Asia and the world. (Nikkei)
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Japanese stocks gain most in a month after China data

January 20, 2015 - 09:33
Japanese stocks made their biggest gain in a month on Tuesday, and Chinese stocks bounced back from a selloff, after data showed China's economy grew faster than expected in the fourth quarter. (
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