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TPP talks reach accord on labor, quarantine rules

July 10, 2014 - 23:16
Negotiations in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact meeting that began here July 5 have effectively reached agreement in two areas-labor issues and quarantines related to the safety of imported food. The talks will run through Saturday. (The Japan News)
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Nikkei falls for fourth day as poor machinery figure hurts mood

July 10, 2014 - 07:29
Japan's Nikkei share average dropped for a fourth day to a fresh 1-1/2-week low on Thursday as worse-than-expected machinery data soured sentiment and U.S. Federal Reserve minutes suggested the end of its stimulus was a sign of economic strength. (Reuters)
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Nikkei drops to 1-1/2-week low on strong yen, China data

July 9, 2014 - 07:45
Japan's Nikkei share average fell to a 1-1/2-week low on Wednesday as the stronger yen hurt exporters, while cooler-than-expected China inflation data also soured sentiment. (Reuters)
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Japan, Australia sign accords on defense equipment, free trade

July 8, 2014 - 08:29
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott signed bilateral accords on Tuesday to boost cooperation on defense equipment and technology and free trade after they held summit talks in Canberra to bolster bilateral ties. (Kyodo)
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Japan's current account surplus down 7.7 pct in May

July 8, 2014 - 08:25
Japan's current account surplus in May fell 7.7 pct from a year before to 522.8 billion yen, the Ministry of Finance said Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
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Tokyo stocks close 0.42pc lower

July 8, 2014 - 08:21
Tokyo stocks ended down 0.42 percent on Tuesday after a Wall Street sell-off, while exporters were hit by a stronger yen. (
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BOJ keeps intact economic view on all 9 regions

July 7, 2014 - 15:30
The Bank of Japan said in a quarterly report Monday that it has kept its basic assessments of the current economic situation in all of the country's nine regions intact from the previous report. (Jiji Press)
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Profit-taking pulls Nikkei from 5-1/2-mth high

July 7, 2014 - 07:34
Japanese shares fell on Monday as profit-taking kicked in after it advanced to a 5-1/2-month high in the previous session. (Reuters)
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Japan, New Zealand leaders confirm cooperation for TPP

July 7, 2014 - 05:49
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his New Zealand counterpart, John Key, confirmed at their meeting here on Monday that the two countries will work hard together for an early conclusion of Trans-Pacific Partnership multilateral free trade negotiations. (Jiji Press)
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TPP chief negotiators begin trade talks in Canada

July 5, 2014 - 23:22
Chief negotiators in the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks have met in the Canadian capital of Ottawa in a bid to resolve differences on tariffs, intellectual property rights and other sticking points. (NHK)
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Japan adopts 'Grand Design' development plan

July 5, 2014 - 00:24
Japan's Land, Infrastructure and Transport Ministry has adopted a blueprint for national development with a target year of 2050. It focuses on linking major cities to increase their competitiveness and building local hubs in rural areas. (NHK)
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Tokyo stocks close up 0.58pc at more than five month high

July 4, 2014 - 08:45
Tokyo stocks rose 0.58 percent to a more than five-month high Friday after strong US jobs data sparked another record-breaking advance on Wall Street and a dollar rally against the yen. (
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Japanese dividends set new highs

July 3, 2014 - 23:59
Japan became an investors' darling in 2013 on the heels of Shinzo Abe being elected in December 2012 and enacting a platform of economic change and reform known as Abenomics, which comprised Abe's "three arrows." (
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Tokyo stocks close down 0.14pc

July 3, 2014 - 08:39
Tokyo stocks closed down 0.14 percent on Thursday, giving up early gains as profit-taking overshadowed another record close on Wall Street, although the weaker yen supported exporters. (
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Tokyo stocks close 0.29% higher

July 2, 2014 - 07:07
Tokyo stocks closed 0.29 percent higher on Wednesday, as the yen weakened and after Wall Street put in a strong performance with the Dow and S&P 500 powering to new record finishes. (The News)
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Inflation forecast by companies stays below BOJ goal

July 2, 2014 - 07:05
Japanese companies expect consumer prices in the country to have risen 1.5 percent on average in a year's time, unchanged from three months ago and well below the Bank of Japan's 2 percent inflation target, data released by the central bank showed Wednesday. (Kyodo)
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Japan's monetary base at record high in June: BOJ

July 2, 2014 - 07:00
Japan's monetary base increased to a record 233.25 trillion yen in June, up 42.6 percent from a year earlier, the Bank of Japan said Wednesday, as the central bank attempts to boost the economy by providing huge amounts of money. (Nikkei)
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Japan, Bhutan to step up economic cooperation

July 1, 2014 - 17:29
The prime ministers of Japan and Bhutan plan for the foreign ministries of their countries to work together to increase economic cooperation. (NHK)
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Power-saving campaign begins for 3 months

July 1, 2014 - 17:27
The government on Tuesday launched a voluntary power-saving campaign for businesses and households in all parts of Japan except Okinawa, in order to conserve electricity. (Japan Today)
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Land prices rise in Japan's 3 major metropolitan areas

July 1, 2014 - 07:09
Land prices in Japan's three major metropolitan areas of Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya as of Jan. 1 logged year-on-year increases, although the average price for the country fell for the sixth straight year, the National Tax Agency said Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
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