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Japan, China among 5 economies put on new U.S. forex monitoring list

April 30, 2016 - 00:26
Japan and China were among five economies put on a new U.S. government list used to monitor what it calls possible "unfair" practices in foreign exchange policy, according to a Treasury Department report released Friday. (Kyodo)
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Weak economy poses test for BOJ's bullish Kuroda

April 29, 2016 - 05:13
Though Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda played up the positive at Thursday's news conference, economic indicators point to a foundering economy that calls his strategy and his unshakable confidence into question. (Nikkei)
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BOJ maintains its easing policy

April 28, 2016 - 06:30
The Bank of Japan says it will maintain its monetary easing program, including the negative interest rate policy. (NHK)
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One bright spot in Japan's economy: higher wages for part-timers

April 26, 2016 - 08:25
Wages for part-time workers in Japan have been rising as a result of labor shortages in a range of positions in offices, restaurants, and factories - a bright spot in an economy that needs price gains. (Japan Times)
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Hidden poverty growing under Abe, particularly among young and single mothers

April 26, 2016 - 08:23
As the government tells it, Japanese have it pretty good.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is adamant that, whatever critics may say, economic disparity is not growing. (Japan Times)

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Corporate service price rose for 33rd month in row

April 26, 2016 - 08:22
The Bank of Japan has reported that companies charged more for goods and services last month. The Services Producer Price Index in March was up 0.2 percent from a year earlier, marking the 33rd straight month of increase. (NHK)
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Why deflation is a boon for Japan's young people

April 25, 2016 - 12:28
For a place synonymous with deflation, Japan sure can be intolerant to savvy responses to it. (Japan Times)
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G7 agriculture ministers adopt Niigata Declaration

April 24, 2016 - 20:02
Agriculture ministers of the Group of 7 nations have agreed to make it easier for women and young people to enter the farming industry. (NHK)
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Quake donations to boost bank costs due to BOJ policy

April 21, 2016 - 23:08
Regional lenders in the Kyushu southwestern region are expected to suffer an increase in costs as disaster relief donations pour in from the rest of Japan, because of the Bank of Japan's negative interest rate policy. (Jiji Press)
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Japan's megabanks set to lose voice on BOJ board

April 19, 2016 - 21:52
Japanese megabank alumni have long been a fixture on the policy board at the Bank of Japan. That seems about to change, potentially widening the central bank's disconnect with lenders over its negative interest rate policy. (Nikkei)
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Kyushu quakes hit Japan's broader economy

April 16, 2016 - 23:16
Two powerful earthquakes and a series of aftershocks in the Kumamoto region on the island of Kyushu in southern Japan have cut air, road and rail services, causing wider disruption to the country's already sluggish economy. (Nikkei)
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G20 to accelerate crackdown on tax evasion

April 16, 2016 - 22:41
Finance leaders from 20 major economies have agreed to encourage countries and regions to take part in an international framework aimed at preventing tax evasion. (NHK)
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Japan ranks 4th in ODA spending in 2015

April 14, 2016 - 23:50
Japan came fourth among the countries that provided official development assistance in 2015, up from fifth in the previous year, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan's negative-rate experiment is floundering

April 14, 2016 - 23:35
Japan's two-month experiment with negative interest rates is producing some unexpected results. (
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OECD head says Japan should raise consumption tax

April 13, 2016 - 22:53
The head of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has suggested to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that Japan should raise its consumption tax to 10 percent next April as scheduled. (NHK)
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IMF forecasts negative growth in Japan for 2017

April 13, 2016 - 08:19
The International Monetary Fund said Tuesday Japan is forecast to incur an economic contraction of 0.1 pct in 2017, the only major nation in the world seen suffering negative growth that year. (Jiji Press)
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Gov't mulls delaying Diet approval on TPP pact amid stalled debate

April 13, 2016 - 08:16
The ruling coalition is considering pushing back a plan to ratify a Pacific Rim free trade deal and enact related bills during the current Diet session ending June 1 due to stalled debate with opposition parties, sources close to the matter said Wednesday. (Kyodo)
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IMF: Japan's economy will shrink in 2017

April 12, 2016 - 22:52
The International Monetary Fund has cut its growth forecast for Japan, citing the global economic slowdown. (NHK)
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Abenomics rebuked as major foreign investors join $46 billion Japan pullout

April 11, 2016 - 23:20
For global equity investors and Shinzo Abe, it's splitsville. Starting in the first days of 2016, foreign traders have been pulling out of Tokyo's stock market for 13 straight weeks, the longest stretch since 1998. (Japan Times)
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Yen touches 17-month high

April 11, 2016 - 22:17
Demand for the yen showed little signs of abating on Monday, with the currency reaching a fresh 17-month high, prompting the government to warn that it could take steps to weaken the exchange rate. (
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