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World Bank forecasts slower growth in East Asia

October 6, 2014 - 22:08
The World Bank says the economies of East Asian countries are expected to slow down slightly this year compared to last year. (NHK)
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Tokyo stocks close up 1.16%

October 6, 2014 - 08:10
Tokyo stocks have risen 1.16 per cent as upbeat US jobs data sparked a rally on Wall Street and boosted the US dollar against the yen, helping Japanese exporter shares. (
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Govt. to help smaller firms hit by high prices

October 4, 2014 - 01:13
Japan's government says it will help smaller businesses struggling with higher costs for fuel and other imported materials amid the yen's depreciation. (NHK)
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Nikkei rises on Fast Retailing's strong sales; HK unrest caps upside

October 3, 2014 - 07:22
Japanese stocks edged up on Friday in choppy trade after index-heavy Fast Retailing Co contributed hefty positive points after it reported strong monthly sales, but gains were limited as the civil unrest in Hong Kong curbed risk appetite. (Reuters)
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Tokyo looks to start chain reaction of urban renewal

October 2, 2014 - 22:55
The Japanese government will throw funding and tax relief behind a new approach to thinning out overcrowded residential areas. (Nikkei)
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Dollar set to remain strong against yen

October 2, 2014 - 22:14
There seems to be no end in sight for the dollar's worldwide strength, against a backdrop of improvement in the U.S. economy, according to specialists. (The Japan News)
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Nikkei falls to 3-week low on global manufacturing gloom

October 2, 2014 - 07:33
Japanese shares tumbled to three-week lows on Thursday morning after disappointing global manufacturing activity stocked concerns over global growth, while the first confirmed case of Ebola in the United States heightened the risk-averse mood. (
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Japan economic recovery slow 6 months after tax hike

October 1, 2014 - 12:04
Japan's economic recovery has been tardy six months after the nation's consumption tax was raised to 8 pct from 5 pct on April 1, due in part to bad weather in summer and slow wage growth relative to the pace of rises in prices. (Jiji Press)
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Nikkei falls as Hong Kong closed for business

October 1, 2014 - 11:52
With Chinese and Hong Kong markets closed, Nikkei closed down 0.56% and the MSCI Asia index was down 0.4%. (
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Once seen as boon, falling yen may now be bane to Japan Inc.

September 30, 2014 - 23:06
The Japanese currency's exceptionally fast slide, slipping some 7 yen against the dollar since late August, is now worrying industry leaders who had previously welcomed its depreciation. (Nikkei)
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Japan mulls action plans for employment of women

September 30, 2014 - 22:44
A Japanese labor ministry panel Tuesday proposed that businesses will be required to draw up and disclose action plans aimed at increasing the employment of women. (Jiji Press)
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Japan Aug. jobless rate falls to 3.5 pct

September 30, 2014 - 08:10
Japan's seasonally adjusted jobless rate stood at 3.5 pct in August, down from 3.8 pct in the previous month, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan shares close down 0.84pc

September 30, 2014 - 08:00
Tokyo stocks fell 0.84 percent Tuesday following a surprisingly weak batch of economic data and a sell-off on Wall Street while investors were keeping an eye on political unrest in Hong Kong. (
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Nikkei gains helped by strong U.S. growth; SoftBank falls

September 29, 2014 - 07:05
Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Monday with the weak yen supporting sentiment, while risk taking was buoyed after the U.S. economy grew at its fastest pace in 2-1/2 years in the second quarter. ()
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Leading Japanese economist Hirofumi Uzawa dies at 86

September 27, 2014 - 00:14
Globally renowned theoretical economist Hirofumi Uzawa has died of a brain infarction in Tokyo, it was learned on Sept. 26. He was 86. (Asahi)
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Japan consumer prices up 3.1 pct in Aug.

September 26, 2014 - 23:45
Japan's core consumer price index in August rose 3.1 pct from a year earlier, extending the rising streak to a 15th month, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said Friday. (Jiji Press)
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Nikkei falls on Wall St weakness, but pension reform hopes limit losses

September 26, 2014 - 07:21
jJapanese stocks dropped on Friday as steep falls on Wall Street depressed risk appetite, though it recovered from session lows as the government reiterated its commitment to reform the nation's pension fund. (Reuters)
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Nikkei rises to fresh 7-year high as weak yen lifts risk appetite

September 25, 2014 - 07:27
Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a fresh seven-year high on Thursday as strong U.S. economic data and continuing yen weakness buoyed investors' risk appetite, with buying extending beyond exporters to lift all sectors. (Reuters)
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Japan, U.S. fail to clinch bilateral TPP deal

September 25, 2014 - 05:08
Japan and the United States have failed to clinch a much-awaited bilateral agreement seen as crucial for working out a multilateral Pacific Rim free trade deal, both sides said Wednesday. (Kyodo)
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In Abenomics' shadow, Japanese women fight 'maternity harassment'

September 24, 2014 - 23:54
When Sayaka Osakabe returned to work after a second miscarriage, one of the first questions her boss asked was whether she was having sex again. (Reuters)
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