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Govt. wants to minimize tax impacts

October 15, 2018 - 21:30
The Japanese government is looking at how to minimize the impact of the tax hike. (NHK)
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Abe decides to raise consumption tax as scheduled

October 14, 2018 - 20:56
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has decided to increase the consumption tax rate from 8 pct to 10 pct in October next year as planned to secure funds to carry out programs to realize a social security system that will be beneficial for all generations, sources close to him said Sunday. (Jiji)
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TSE system error halts trades

October 9, 2018 - 20:59
The operator of the Tokyo Stock Exchange says trading was partially disrupted due to system trouble on Tuesday but was expected to return to normal on Wednesday. (NHK)
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Japan real wages down for 1st time in 4 months

October 5, 2018 - 20:43
Japan's inflation-adjusted real wage index in August fell 0.6 pct from a year earlier, down for the first time in four months, the labor ministry said Friday. (Jiji)
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10 percent tax eyed on food eaten inside stores in Japan

October 4, 2018 - 21:24
The Finance Ministry is considering not applying a reduced tax rate to food and nonalcoholic beverages sold and consumed at the same stores when Japan's consumption tax is raised from 8 pct to 10 pct in October next year, it was learned Thursday. (Jiji)
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Nikkei closes at the highest in nearly 27 years

October 1, 2018 - 10:25
At the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Monday, the benchmark Nikkei Average closed at its highest level in almost 27 years. (NHK)
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Price increases to affect Japanese households

September 29, 2018 - 22:07
Japanese households face greater financial burdens starting on Monday, the start of the fiscal second half, when prices for a variety of products and services, ranging from cigarettes and wheat to cram school fees, go up. (Jiji)
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Record-high 70% of women held jobs in August amid labor shortage

September 28, 2018 - 22:12
The percentage of working-age women with jobs in Japan reached a record-high 70.0 percent in August, government data showed Friday, underscoring an increase in female workers amid changing attitudes and a deepening labor shortage. (Japan Today)
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Japan's economy is starting a new chapter

September 25, 2018 - 21:44
The world’s third-largest economy has suffered from a caricature. Yes, Japan fell from its pinnacle in the 1990s because of a property crash, enfeebled banks and a dwindling population. But that was then. It’s not falling anymore. (Japan Times)
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BOJ's huge stock-buying program reaches its limits

September 21, 2018 - 03:53
The Bank of Japan has for years bought Japanese stocks as part of its huge massive monetary easing program to lift the country out of deflation and hit a 2 percent price-stability target. (Nikkei)
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Japan's personal assets hit record

September 21, 2018 - 01:00
A new report shows that people in Japan are sitting on a record pile of financial assets. It credits a surge in stock prices as the main factor. (NHK)
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No change to BOJ resolve to achieve 2 pct inflation: Kuroda

September 19, 2018 - 22:25
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said Wednesday that no change has been made to the central bank's resolve to attain its 2 pct inflation target at an early date. (Jiji)
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Average land price up for 1st time in 27 yrs in Japan

September 18, 2018 - 22:49
The average land price in Japan as of July 1 increased 0.1 pct from a year before, the first rise since 1991, when the country's asset bubble era was ending, the land ministry said Tuesday. (Jiji)
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Unpopular 2,000-yen bill battles for survival

September 16, 2018 - 23:51
Despite a much-heralded debut 18 years ago, 2,000-yen bills failed to find wide appeal, leaving them seldom sighted recently. (Jiji)
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Demand for one-yen coins dampened by e-money, tax hike

September 16, 2018 - 23:49
The number of one-yen coins in circulation has fallen sharply in Japan, as consumers increasingly choose cashless payments with electronic money or credit cards. (Jiji)
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60 percent of Japanese back govt plan to accept more foreign workers

September 14, 2018 - 22:16
Some 60 pct of Japanese people are positive about a government plan to expand the intake of foreign workers by introducing new five-year resident status for them next April, the results of a recent Jiji Press survey suggested. (Jiji)
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Abe, Putin agree on economic projects

September 11, 2018 - 00:50
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin have concluded their meeting in Russia's Far East. They agreed to draw up a schedule of joint economic projects on the islands known as the Northern Territories. (NHK)
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Japan real wages Up 0.4 pct in July

September 7, 2018 - 22:05
Japan's price-adjusted real wage index in July rose 0.4 pct from a year before, up for the third consecutive month, the labor ministry said in a preliminary report Friday. (Jiji)
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Trump pressures Japan to deal with trade deficit

September 7, 2018 - 21:56
US President Donald Trump has pressured Japan to reduce its trade deficit with the US. (NHK)
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Bank of Japan laments government push to cut mobile fees

September 5, 2018 - 23:19
The Japanese government's recent push for mobile phone carriers to lower their service fees has vexed the Bank of Japan, which fears another drag on already sluggish inflation. (Nikkei)
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