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Nikkei rises to new 7-year high on capex data; airlines soar on low crude prices

December 1, 2014 - 08:22
Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a fresh seven-year high on Monday as strong capital expenditure figures lifted sentiment, with airline shares extending gains as oil prices tumbled further. (Reuters)
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Prices up at record 83% of localities in Japan

November 28, 2014 - 23:40
Even though Japan's economy has been slow to recover, the country's real estate market is picking up broadly thanks to low interest rates and expectations that land prices will rise. (Nikkei)
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October housing starts fell 8 months in row

November 28, 2014 - 22:55
Housing starts in Japan in October fell year-on-year for the 8th month in a row following the hike in the country's consumption tax. (NHK)
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Abenomics only half complete, frustrating low-income earners

November 28, 2014 - 22:41
Although Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declares that his reflationary economic policy mix, dubbed Abenomics, will be the biggest issue in the upcoming general election, low-income earners and rural residents remain frustrated with the uneven distribution of benefits from policy measures. (Jiji Press)
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Nikkei surges on brisk economic data, falling oil prices

November 28, 2014 - 09:32
Stocks rose sharply Friday, with buying inspired by brisk economic data in Japan and hopes for reduced fuel costs following drops in crude oil overnight. (Japan Times)
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Tokyo oil prices tumble after OPEC decision

November 28, 2014 - 06:43
Crude oil futures in Tokyo have hit their lowest level in nearly 2 years after OPEC decided not to cut its output target. (NHK)
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Japan's improving employment figures

November 28, 2014 - 06:27
Japan's unemployment rate improved in October to 3.5 percent. Officials at the internal affairs ministry said on Friday that the jobless rate for last month fell by 0.1 percentage points from the 3.6 percent registered in September. (NHK)
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Nikkei sags as futures-selling deepens morning losses

November 27, 2014 - 07:24
Japanese stocks closed down on Thursday, as selling of Nikkei futures in the afternoon widened earlier losses driven by weak U.S. data and a stronger yen. (Reuters)
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Weaker yen to hit wallets this winter holiday season

November 26, 2014 - 22:49
The prolonged depreciation of the yen could affect how people spend money on the upcoming year-end and New Year holidays. Prices are higher for imported food ingredients used for New Year foods, Christmas presents and the products for which bonuses are expected to be used. (The Japan News)
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Nikkei edges down ahead of U.S. data; Honda dives to 1-week low

November 26, 2014 - 08:21
Japanese stocks edged down on Wednesday as investors cautiously awaited a slew of U.S. economic data and a holiday-shortened U.S. trading week dampened risk appetite, while Honda Motor Co fell sharply after under-reporting accidents. (Reuters)
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Japan's economy falls into recession amid tax hike impact: OECD

November 25, 2014 - 22:11
Japan's economy has slid into a recession following the April 1 consumption tax hike, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Tuesday, downgrading its projections for the nation's economic growth in 2014 and 2015. (Kyodo)
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Japan's young fret as unexpected recession hits

November 25, 2014 - 21:49
When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe responded to Japan's surprise recession by delaying a sales-tax increase, it was a cause for worry, not celebration, for many young Japanese. This generation, barely aware of their country's economic heyday, frets that putting off tough decisions now could make the future even worse. (
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Kuroda turns up heat on Japan Inc.: Turn profits into wages

November 25, 2014 - 21:42
The brash Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda has regularly shown a willingness to break taboos and cross lines. His remarkable speech Tuesday to business leaders was the latest example-he came close to trying to order executives to stop sitting on their rapidly accumulating profits, and to raise worker pay. (Wall Street Journal)
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Tokyo stocks close up 0.29pc, Nikkei 225 index at the TSE gained 50.11 points

November 25, 2014 - 07:22
Tokyo stocks rose 0.29 percent on Tuesday in post-holiday trading after another record close on Wall Street and as the yen remained weak against the dollar. (
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BOJ watching impact of falling yen after additional easing: Kuroda

November 25, 2014 - 07:21
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said Tuesday the central bank is closely watching the impact of the yen's sharp fall against other major currencies following its additional monetary easing last month. (Kyodo)
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As debt piles up, Japan tries to lock in low borrowing costs

November 23, 2014 - 22:25
Japan may borrow more debt over a longer horizon as the country steps up its already super-loose monetary policy to prop up economic growth and avoid slipping back into deflation. (Japan Today)
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Japanese politicians lock horns over economic policy

November 23, 2014 - 22:23
Senior officials at Japan's ruling and opposition parties locked horns Sunday over whether the country should promote Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Abenomics economic policy. (Jiji Press)
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Tokyo stocks regain losses, end higher on buying on dips

November 21, 2014 - 23:01
Stocks closed moderately higher on the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Friday after recouping losses in late trading thanks to purchases on dips. (The Japan News)
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Japanese wives' savings triple husbands'

November 20, 2014 - 21:46
Money saved in secret by Japanese wives exceeds that by husbands by 3.4 times, a survey by Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Co. showed Thursday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan eyes launch of reduced tax rate for certain items in April 2017

November 20, 2014 - 21:40
Japan's ruling bloc agreed at a tax panel meeting Thursday that it will aim to implement a reduced consumption tax rate for certain items in April 2017 when the tax is to be raised to 10 pct. (Jiji Press)
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