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Japan to postpone decision on new China-led bank

March 24, 2015 - 22:33
The Japanese government will not decide on whether to join the new China-led development bank before the March 31 deadline set by Beijing, citing such issues as transparency at the institution. (Nikkei)
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Nikkei falls as soft China PMI, weak U.S. shares trigger profit-taking

March 24, 2015 - 08:28
Japan's Nikkei share average fell on Tuesday as a weak factory activity survey in China and a drop in U.S. markets weighed on investor confidence, but losses were limited by expectations of better returns for holders of Japanese shares. (Reuters)
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Govt. upgrades economic assessment

March 23, 2015 - 22:48
Japanese government officials say business output and profits are improving. They've upgraded their take on the nation's economy for the first time in 8 months. (NHK)
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Nikkei rises to fresh 15-year high; Eisai soars on hopes for Alzheimer's drug

March 23, 2015 - 08:37
Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a fresh 15-year high on Monday, tracking gains in U.S. shares, while Eisai Co jumped 21 percent after a brokerage upgraded the stock, citing the effectiveness of its drug to treat Alzheimer's disease. (Reuters)
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New Zealand puts free trade pact at forefront of Japan visit

March 20, 2015 - 22:22
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key will push for an early end to the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations during his upcoming trip to Japan, as part of a drive toward greater economic integration within the Asia-Pacific. (Nikkei)
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Feed-in tariff surcharges to be doubled for FY15

March 20, 2015 - 21:57
The Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry announced on Thursday that it will double surcharges based on the government's feed-in tariff program in fiscal 2015 for the purpose of broadening adoption of renewable energy. (The Japan News)
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Nikkei reaches fresh 15-year high; Nintendo falls on profit-taking

March 20, 2015 - 09:41
Japan's Nikkei share average hit a fresh 15-year high on Friday in choppy trade and gained for a sixth week on expectations for better shareholder returns, but Nintendo Co dived on profit-taking after soaring for two days. (Economic Times)
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Japan, Australia signal approval of China-based AIIB

March 20, 2015 - 09:12
The Abe administration on Friday signaled cautious approval of the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and said for the first time that under certain conditions, it could join the institution. (Japan Times)
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Some govt. officials pushing Japan to join AIIB

March 19, 2015 - 22:31
Some Japanese government officials have started to call for the nation to join a development bank proposed by China. (NHK)
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Tokyo stocks drop 0.35% at end, Nikkei 225 slips 67.92pts

March 19, 2015 - 11:58
Tokyo stocks fell 0.35 per cent Thursday after a surprisingly dovish forecast by the Federal Reserve for US economic growth and interest rates sent the yen surging against the dollar. (customstoday)
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OECD ups Japan's 2015 growth forecast to 1.0 pct

March 18, 2015 - 23:52
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Wednesday it has raised its estimate for Japan's real economic growth in 2015 to 1.0 pct from the previous projection of 0.8 pct. (Jiji Press)
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Land prices in Japan's biggest cities rise for a second year

March 18, 2015 - 09:02
Land prices in Japan's three largest metropolitan areas gained for a second consecutive year as interest rates at record lows boosted housing demand and property investments. (Bloomberg)
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Nikkei hits fresh 15-year high as wage hikes stoke Japan optimism

March 18, 2015 - 08:49
The Nikkei index rose to a fresh 15-year high Wednesday as wage hikes at large firms fueled optimism about the Japanese economy, while investors also waited for a U.S. Federal Reserve policy meeting for clues as to when the Fed will raise interest rates. (Kyodo)
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Japan's prices may turn down: BOJ Kuroda

March 17, 2015 - 23:14
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said Tuesday the possibly cannot be ruled out that prices in Japan will drop slightly due to cheaper oil. (Jiji Press)
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Tokyo share end higher amid hopes on wage hike

March 17, 2015 - 09:53
Tokyo shares ended higher with its benchmark Nikkei stocks index closing at its highest level in nearly 15 years Tuesday amid ongoing talks for wage hikes at major companies. (Global Post)
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Abe admits pay lagging behind increasing prices

March 16, 2015 - 22:54
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has admitted that the pace of wage increases has not yet caught up with that of price hikes. (NHK)
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Intellectual property issues hinder TPP talks in Hawaii

March 16, 2015 - 22:12
Chief negotiators from Japan, the United States and 10 other countries in Trans-Pacific Partnership multilateral free trade talks failed to iron out differences in their one-week meeting that ended Sunday. (The Japan News)
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Japan lower house OKs 96-trillion-yen budget for FY 2015

March 13, 2015 - 11:36
The House of Representatives, the lower chamber of the Diet, Japan's parliament, passed a record 96,342.0-billion-yen general-account budget for fiscal 2015 at a plenary meeting on Friday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan stocks record 1st end above 19,000 in 15yrs, Nikkei climbs 1.4%

March 13, 2015 - 11:33
Japanese stocks extended their advance on Friday, closing above the 19,000 mark for the first time in 15 years. (customstoday)
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Nikkei climbs above 19,000 for 1st time in nearly 15 years

March 12, 2015 - 13:23
The benchmark Nikkei index temporarily topped the 19,000-yen mark on Thursday. That's its highest level in nearly 15 years. (NHK)
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