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Tokyo stocks rise 1.67 pct on upbeat U.S. jobs data

January 8, 2015 - 09:30
Tokyo stocks rose 1.67 percent Thursday as market sentiment was lifted by upbeat U.S. job data. (
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Gov't expecting Japan's economy to shrink in FY 2014: sources

January 7, 2015 - 23:53
The government is expecting Japan's economy will shrink in the current fiscal year, with higher domestic prices triggered by the April 1 consumption tax hike and the weaker yen hurting private spending, sources close to the matter said Wednesday. (Kyodo)
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Indonesia mulls canceling trade pact with Japan after years of deficit

January 7, 2015 - 13:17
Indonesia is considering a halt to the Indonesia-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement, as the deal fails to boost the Southeast Asian country's trade with Japan since it has posted a deficit for every year since 2008. (Jakarta Globe)
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Nikkei flat as investors await US data

January 7, 2015 - 12:58
Japanese stocks ended flat today (January 7th), with investors awaiting key domestic and US economic data on Friday, amid ongoing worries over sliding oil prices and the sluggish global growth. (
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Abenomics boost for property shrinks back to Tokyo

January 6, 2015 - 23:09
An economic rebound and loose money policy under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe briefly halted a long slide in Japan's commercial property market, but the benefits of "Abenomics" appear increasingly limited to Tokyo, leaving a moribund hinterland. (Japan Today)
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Abe urges business chiefs to raise wages for economy

January 6, 2015 - 22:53
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday again urged business leaders to raise wages this year to help get Japan's economy out of more than a decade of deflation. (Kyodo)
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Tokyo stocks drop more than 3% on eurozone fears, oil price fall

January 6, 2015 - 07:49
Tokyo stocks tumbled 3.02 percent on Tuesday continuing a global equity market sell-off fuelled by political turmoil in Greece that has fanned fears over the eurozone. (
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Drastic steps needed to rework Japan's employment system

January 6, 2015 - 00:28
Fresh off a decisive victory in last month's lower house election, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his government are expected to tackle job market reform. But revamping Japan's rigid employment system will require drastic steps, such as changing the way corporate jobs are structured. (Nikkei)
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Weak yen squeezes Japan's development aid

January 6, 2015 - 00:20
Japan will likely provide less official development assistance in fiscal 2015 than in fiscal 2014 due to the weakening yen, raising concerns that the country may lose some influence in the international arena. (Nikkei)
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$500 bil. needed to reduce damage from climate change: U.N. body

January 6, 2015 - 00:14
To reduce damage expected to be caused by flooding, drought and other consequences of climate change in developing countries, $500 billion (around 60 trillion yen) will be necessary at the maximum a year by 2050, according to an estimate by the U.N. Environment Program. (Kyodo)
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Tokyo stocks extend 3-day slump on 1st trading day of 2015

January 5, 2015 - 08:17
Tokyo stocks edged down for a third straight decline on Monday, the first trading day of 2015, as investors remained reluctant to take risks amid political uncertainty in Greece. (Kyodo)
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Japan economy will grow more than expected

January 4, 2015 - 00:47
Japan Business Federation chairman Sadayuki Sakakibara has expressed his confidence that the country's economy will grow beyond expectations in 2015. (
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Japan, China hold 1st major meeting since leaders' summit

December 28, 2014 - 21:03
Japanese and Chinese officials agreed Sunday to step up cooperation on energy-saving and environmental measures during a major governmental meeting, the first since their leaders held talks last month. (Kyodo)
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Cabinet approves 3.5 trillion-yen stimulus package

December 27, 2014 - 23:31
The Japanese government has approved an economic stimulus package worth 3.5 trillion yen, or about 29 billion dollars. (NHK)
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LDP eyes corporate tax cuts of more than 3 points in 2 yrs

December 26, 2014 - 22:18
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party's tax panel plans to cut Japan's corporate tax rate by more than 3 percentage points in fiscal 2015 and 2016, lawmakers said Friday. (Kyodo)
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Govt. compiles strategy on regional revival

December 26, 2014 - 12:09
Japan's government has compiled measures aimed at reviving the nation's regional communities. (NHK)
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Japan falls to 19th in 2013 per-capita GDP rankings

December 26, 2014 - 00:10
Japan fell to 19th in dollar-denominated per capita nominal gross domestic product in 2013 among 34 member economies of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, down from 13th in the previous year, the Cabinet Office said Thursday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan eyes more tax revenue from eco-friendly vehicles

December 25, 2014 - 23:26
The Japanese government and ruling coalition decided Thursday to increase classifications for tax breaks for eco-friendly vehicles and introduce stricter fuel economy standards, in a bid to secure tax revenue growth. (Jiji Press)
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Govt to apply social numbers to bank accounts

December 23, 2014 - 00:16
The Japanese government has decided to extend the application of the social identification numbering system to individual bank accounts, it was learned Monday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan FY 2015 general-account spending to total 97-98 trillion yen

December 22, 2014 - 23:47
The Japanese government is considering setting the scale of general-account spending at 97 trillion to 98 trillion yen in its fiscal 2015 initial budget draft, to be adopted at a cabinet meeting as early as Jan. 14, informed sources said Monday. (Jiji Press)
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