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Japan's gender wage gap persists despite progress

February 22, 2017 - 21:44
Japanese women's wages hit an all-time high last year, but they continued to earn far less than men. (Nikkei)
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Japan aims to attract more foreign workers amid growth in tourism

February 21, 2017 - 22:19
The Japanese government compiled a plan Tuesday to ease visa restrictions for foreign workers in designated special economic zones to address the growing need for services amid a rise in the number of visitors to the country. (Kyodo)
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Condo price in 2016 second-highest on record

February 21, 2017 - 04:56
The price of new condominiums in Japan hit the second highest level on record last year, fuelled by rising costs in personnel and materials. (NHK)
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Negative rates put corporate Japan in a spending mood

February 20, 2017 - 10:48
The introduction of negative interest rates a year ago by the Bank of Japan is prompting listed companies here to funnel the money they save on borrowing costs toward takeovers and capital investment. (Nikkei)
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Japan marks 1st trade deficit in 5 months

February 20, 2017 - 10:45
Japan posted its first trade balance deficit in 5 months in January. Higher oil prices pushed up the costs of imports. (NHK)
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Household spending dropped again in 2016

February 17, 2017 - 23:47
Internal Affairs Ministry officials say household spending in Japan in 2016 dropped 1.7 % in yen terms from the previous year. It marks the third-consecutive annual decline. (NHK)
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Japan's economy running along on half-empty fuel tank

February 15, 2017 - 11:40
Japan's economy is cruising along, at least by its own recent standards, with real growth clocking in at 1 percent in 2016. It may have reached top speed. (Bloomberg)
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Age gap splits Japanese in views on stock investing

February 11, 2017 - 23:27
Thirty years ago this Thursday, a large number of Japanese individuals began investing in stocks when Nippon Telegraph and Telephone was listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. How those investments have fared differs depending on when the shares were bought. (Nikkei)
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Japan marks 2nd-biggest current account surplus in 2016

February 8, 2017 - 22:12
Japan posted its second-biggest current account surplus on record in 2016, government data showed Wednesday, sparking fears that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe might be urged by U.S. President Donald Trump to take steps to reduce the U.S. trade deficit with Japan. (Kyodo)
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Japan ranks as 2nd-biggest country for U.S. trade deficit in 2016

February 7, 2017 - 20:58
The U.S. goods trade deficit with Japan totaled $68.94 billion in 2016, outranking Germany for the second-largest figure among countries with which the United States generated a trade deficit, government data showed Tuesday. (Kyodo)
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Real wages in Japan up for 1st time in 5 years in 2016

February 6, 2017 - 19:50
Workers in Japan saw their real wages increase for the first time in five years in 2016, a government report revealed on Monday. (Jiji)
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Labor chief blasts 100-hour OT limit as impossibly high at work reform panel

February 5, 2017 - 00:23
Management and labor teams in Japan are locking horns over how much overtime employees should be allowed to work during busy periods as the government mulls a limit of 100 hours per month. (Japan Times)
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BOJ plays Trump card to stem bond yield rise

February 3, 2017 - 23:58
The Bank of Japan conducted a special bond-buying operation Friday, in an apparent effort to dispel concern that its monetary policy could be jeopardized by U.S. President Donald Trump's claim that Japan has guided the yen lower. (Jiji)
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Japan begins work on 60-hour overtime cap

February 1, 2017 - 22:56
The Japanese government began formal discussions Wednesday on draft legislation that would limit overtime to an average of 60 hours a month throughout the calendar year. (Nikkei)
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Monetary policy -- Japan's next Trump-induced headache

February 1, 2017 - 09:44
Speculation is growing over whether or how U.S. President Donald Trump will address the Bank of Japan's monetary policy when he meets Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Feb. 10. (Nikkei)
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Japanese officials deny currency manipulation in wake of Trump criticism

February 1, 2017 - 09:31
Top government and finance chiefs scrambled Wednesday to defend themselves against accusations by U.S. President Donald Trump that Japan is manipulating currency markets to guide its currency lower. (Japan Times)
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Bank of Japan upgrades fiscal 2017 growth forecast to 1.5%

January 31, 2017 - 20:09
The Bank of Japan on Tuesday upgraded its projection for Japan's real gross domestic product growth for fiscal 2017, which starts in April, to 1.5 percent from 1.3 percent forecast three months ago, partly on the back of a pickup in overseas economies. (
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Trump accuses Japan, China of currency devaluation

January 31, 2017 - 20:06
U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday lambasted Japan and China for devaluing their currencies, a clear signal of his belief that the two countries are currency manipulators. (Kyodo)
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Tough road to fiscal reform for debt-ridden Japan before FY2020

January 30, 2017 - 22:22
Japan's goal to restore its fiscal health, the worst among developed countries, is still far off amid prospects for tepid economic growth and swelling spending on health, pensions and defense. (Japan Today)
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Japan central bank to weigh unpredictable factor at meeting: Trump

January 30, 2017 - 00:29
At the Bank of Japan, cautious optimism toward U.S. President Donald Trump is giving way to plain caution. (
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