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Japan's housing vacancy rate hits record high 13.5%

15 hours 33 min ago
A record high 13.5 percent of existing housing units in Japan were vacant as of last Oct. 1, up 0.4 percentage point from five years earlier when the survey was last conducted, the government said Tuesday. (Kyodo)
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Japan removes work disincentive by raising wage floor

July 29, 2014 - 23:51
The Japanese government moved Tuesday to give the least-paid workers their second-biggest raise in the past 20 years. (Nikkei)
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Nikkei scales six-month high on weaker yen, robust earnings

July 29, 2014 - 07:36
Tokyo shares rose to a fresh six-month closing high on Tuesday, buoyed by a weaker yen and robust earnings from blue chips like Nissan Motor Co, suggesting some sectors were weathering the impact of a recent sales tax hike. (Reuters)
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Tokyo stocks close up 0.46pc at fresh six-month high

July 28, 2014 - 07:44
Tokyo stocks rose 0.46 percent Monday to close at a fresh six-month high as Japanese earnings season gets into full swing. (
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Japan can boost female workforce by 1 million: white paper

July 26, 2014 - 01:15
Japan can increase its female workforce by about one million if it takes steps to improve the working environment for women raising children, the government said in its annual economic and fiscal white paper on Friday. (Jiji Press)
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Japanese businesses benefiting from hotter-than-expected summer

July 26, 2014 - 01:07
Scorching heat has been the norm across Japan in recent days. On Friday, Tajimi in the landlocked prefecture of Gifu saw thermometers hit 39.3 C, the nation's highest temperature so far this year. (Nikkei)
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Japan eager to join Mexico shale gas development

July 26, 2014 - 00:26
The government plans to join shale gas development in Mexico, aiming to start imports of the cheap natural gas in the mid-2020s, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. (The Japan News)
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Nikkei closes at 6-month high on weaker yen

July 25, 2014 - 09:35
Tokyo stocks surged 1.13 percent Friday, with its benchmark the Nikkei stock index ending at a six- month high following yen's depreciation. (
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Keidanren to enhance cooperation with govt

July 24, 2014 - 22:56
Members of the Japan Business Federation, or Keidanren, agreed on Thursday to enhance its cooperation with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government. (Jiji Press)
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Nikkei reverses early gains

July 24, 2014 - 07:06
Tokyo stocks lost modest early gains to finish down 0.29 percent on Thursday, but a slightly stronger yen helped prop up the Japanese market. (The Standard)
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Japan logs biggest 6-month trade deficit in 2014 1st half

July 24, 2014 - 06:16
Japan registered a 7,598.4 billion yen deficit in goods trade for the six months through June, the biggest on record for any six-month period, due partly to slow growth in exports and a surge in imports amid the prolonged halt of nuclear power plants, the government said Thursday. (Kyodo)
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Tokyo stocks close down 0.10pc

July 23, 2014 - 07:02
Tokyo stocks closed down 0.10 percent on Wednesday as early buying following a positive lead from Wall Street ran out of steam. (
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Japan to set special budget quota for regional economies

July 22, 2014 - 22:55
The Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy, a key Japanese government panel, decided at its meeting Tuesday to introduce a special spending quota under the fiscal 2015 budget in order to help revive regional economies and promote measures related to the government's growth strategy. (Jiji Press)
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Mongolia's 1st EPA reached with Japan

July 22, 2014 - 22:47
Japan and Mongolia on Tuesday reached an economic partnership agreement in principle, including an eventual elimination of tariffs on used cars imported from Japan. (The Japan News)
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Tokyo stocks close up 0.84pc, Nikkei 225 index climbed 127.57 points

July 22, 2014 - 08:02
Tokyo stocks rose 0.84 percent on Tuesday, boosted by a weaker yen as traders returned from a three-day holiday weekend. (
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Is Japan's economy improving?

July 21, 2014 - 03:49
The jury is still out on Abenomics. What has worked? Will it spur inflation or more deflation? Will Tokyo reform for sustainable growth? A panel of experts puts the economy on the spot. (
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Japan to resume ODA to Vietnam

July 19, 2014 - 00:30
Japan's government plans to resume official development assistance to Vietnam after a brief suspension over a bribery scandal involving a Japan-funded project. (NHK)
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Sales figures show economy healthy

July 19, 2014 - 00:03
With three months passed since the hike in the consumption tax rate in April, the drop in demand that followed the last-minute surge prior to the tax increase has eased, leading the government to make an upward revision to its economic assessment. (The Japan News)
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Tokyo stocks close down 1.01%

July 18, 2014 - 07:31
Tokyo stocks have closed 1.01 per cent lower as the crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane in rebel-held eastern Ukraine sent jitters through the market, with shares of major Japanese carriers falling. (
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Japan bank group draws up online fraud compensation guidelines

July 18, 2014 - 06:27
The Japanese Bankers Association announced Thursday guidelines for banks to decide whether to pay compensation to companies for damage from online banking fraud. (Jiji Press)
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