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Japan stocks fall for first time in 4 days on stronger yen

April 24, 2015 - 10:24
Japanese stocks fell for the first time in four days, paring the Topix index's biggest weekly gain since February, after weak US economic data pushed the yen higher against the dollar. (
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Industry ministry eyes 20%-22% of electricity from nuclear in 2030

April 23, 2015 - 23:51
The industry ministry is looking to set the target for the ratio of nuclear power generation to Japan's total electricity production in 2030 between 20 percent to 22 percent, compared with 28.6 percent in fiscal 2010 before the Fukushima nuclear crisis, sources close to the matter said Thursday. (Kyodo)
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Tokyo stocks close up 0.27% at 15-year high

April 23, 2015 - 09:31
Tokyo stocks extended their gains on Thursday, a day after the benchmark index closed above 20,000 for the first time in 15 years. (Global Post)
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Japan logs 1st trade surplus in nearly 3 yrs in March

April 22, 2015 - 07:33
Japan logged a customs-cleared trade surplus of 229.3 billion yen in March, posting the first surplus in two years and nine months, the Ministry of Finance said Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
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Nikkei ends above 20,000 for 1st time in 15 years

April 22, 2015 - 07:31
The Nikkei Stock Average ended Wednesday above the 20,000 threshold for the first time in 15 years as robust Japanese trade data boosted confidence in the country's economic recovery. (Kyodo)
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Japan stocks at 15-year peak, oil down as Saudi ends Yemen air campaign

April 22, 2015 - 03:01
Japanese shares rallied to a 15-year high on Wednesday on expectations of improved corporate earnings, while oil sagged after Saudi Arabia ended its military campaign in Yemen, easing tensions in the energy-rich Middle East. (Reuters)
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Japan, U.S. fail to agree on farm, auto trade in TPP talks

April 21, 2015 - 05:32
Japan and the United States on Tuesday failed to reach an agreement over thorny issues, such as an import quota for U.S. rice and automotive trade, at bilateral ministerial talks for a broader Trans-Pacific Partnership deal. (Jiji Press)
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Govt keeps April economic view unchanged

April 20, 2015 - 22:21
The government left its basic economic assessment unchanged from the previous month in its April monthly economic report released Monday. (The Japan News)
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Tokyo shares inch down for possible Greek debt default

April 20, 2015 - 11:24
Tokyo shares ended slightly lower on Monday as sentiment here was punched by concerns over a possible debt default in Greece, but the downturn was held by Japanese earnings reports later in the week. (Global Post)
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Japan, US continue TPP negotiations

April 19, 2015 - 21:18
Japan's minister in charge of TPP negotiations and the US Trade Representative ended their first day talks in Tokyo on Sunday. (NHK)
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Consumer sentiment continues to improve in Japan

April 17, 2015 - 23:29
Consumer confidence in Japan improved in March for the fourth straight month. (NHK)
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Nikkei drops to over 1-week low

April 17, 2015 - 08:06
Japan's Nikkei share average dropped to its lowest in more than a week on Friday after weaker-than-expected U.S. housing data soured the mood, and investors awaited Japanese corporate results coming out from next week. (
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Average pay hike hits 21-year high in Japan

April 16, 2015 - 22:48
The average hike in monthly salary agreed on between labor and management at 62 major Japanese companies in this year's "shunto" spring wage talks hit a 21-year high of 8,502 yen, up 2.59 pct, the Japan Business Federation said in an interim survey report Thursday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan overtakes China as top US debt holder

April 16, 2015 - 22:41
The US Treasury Department says Japan overtook China in February as the top foreign holder of US government bonds. (NHK)
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Nikkei edges up as buying in oil-related stocks offset profit-taking; Sharp soars

April 16, 2015 - 09:37
Japanese stocks edged up on Thursday, as buying in oil and mining shares reversed early losses, offsetting profit-taking in recent gainers such as food stocks, while Sharp Corp surged on restructuring hopes. (Reuters)
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TPP, structural reforms important for Japan: OECD

April 15, 2015 - 22:39
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development urged Japan on Wednesday to boost economic growth through bold structural reforms. (Jiji Press)
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Tokyo, Washington resume TPP talks

April 15, 2015 - 22:34
Japan and the United States restarted working-level talks as part of Trans-Pacific Partnership multilateral free trade negotiations in Tokyo on Wednesday. (The Japan News)
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Most Japanese stocks fall as agriculture firms, brokerages drop

April 15, 2015 - 08:08
Most Japanese stocks fell, led by losses at agricultural companies and brokerages. Energy explorers jumped as crude rose for a fifth day. (Bloomberg)
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IMF Ups 2015 economic growth forecast for Japan to 1.0 pct

April 14, 2015 - 23:19
The International Monetary Fund said Tuesday it has revised up its economic growth projection for Japan in 2015 by 0.4 percentage point to 1.0 pct in real terms mainly thanks to the yen's weakness and lower crude oil prices. (Jiji Press)
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Japan stocks lower at end of day, Nikkei tumbles 19,908.68

April 14, 2015 - 12:54
Japan's Nikkei share average was flat on Tuesday as investors preferred to pull back a little after the recent rally as they prepared for the looming earnings season. (
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