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Nikkei 225 Up 0.03%; Razor-Thin Gain Sets Many Milestones; Yen Soft

June 1, 2015 - 10:59
The Nikkei 225 Monday traded sideways but edged up 0.03% by the closing bell, pushing the bellwether index into positive territory for 12 straight trading days, a first since Feb. 1988. (
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Dive deeper into Japanese property trusts? BOJ faces a decision

May 31, 2015 - 23:20
The Bank of Japan's purchases of shares in real-estate investment trusts has buoyed this key market, helping breathe life back into the nation's moribund property industry. (Bloomberg)
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In Japan, you get a tax break and a side of lobster and beef

May 31, 2015 - 23:16
Tax breaks come in many forms. Charitable gifts. Health-care expenses. Mortgage-interest payments. In the fishing village of Hirado, they come in a cooler. It is part of the great tax giveaway happening across Japan. (
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Nikkei renews 15-year high on 11th straight day of gains

May 29, 2015 - 10:29
The key Nikkei average extended its winning streak to an 11th session to rewrite its highest closing level in more than 15 years for the eighth consecutive trading day on the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Friday, thanks to buying backed by brisk corporate earnings. (Japan Times)
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Yen’s fall raises hopes for higher stock prices

May 27, 2015 - 23:55
The trend of the yen falling against the U.S. dollar has been accelerating amid investors' expectations of the gap widening between Japanese and U.S. interest rates. The weakening of the yen is favorable for Japanese exporters, with market observers thinking that stock prices will remain high. (The Japan News)
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Tokyo stocks rise again in nine-day rally

May 27, 2015 - 09:18
Tokyo stocks squeaked out another positive session Wednesday with the benchmark index marking its ninth straight day of gains, as a weak yen offset falls on Wall Street. (Global Post)
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Tokyo stocks close up 0.74% at 15-year high

May 26, 2015 - 08:03
Tokyo stocks climbed 0.74 percent Monday, a seventh successive rise, with the benchmark index ending at a 15-year high as a weak yen boosted exporters. (
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Nikkei gains on optimism over shareholder returns

May 25, 2015 - 09:18
Japan's Nikkei share average rose for a seventh day and closed at a fresh 15-year high on Monday, helped by ongoing optimism for higher shareholder returns and the recovering economy. (Economic Times)
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Japan slides back into trade deficit in April

May 25, 2015 - 05:11
Japan swung back to a trade deficit in April after the first surplus in almost three years in March, but the shortfall shrank drastically year-on-year thanks to stronger exports and lower energy bills, official data showed Monday. (Japan Times)
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Kuroda: Falling working-age population big threat for Japan

May 24, 2015 - 22:52
Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda has voiced strong concern over the shrinking of the country's working-age population. (The Japan News)
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Tokyo shares end higher on BOJ's policy continuance

May 22, 2015 - 08:21
Tokyo shares ended higher on Friday with the benchmark Nikkei index logging a sixth straight day of gaining on the Bank of Japan's decision to maintain its ultra- loose monetary policy. (
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BOJ maintains monetary easing policy, lifts view on consumption

May 22, 2015 - 08:20
The Bank of Japan decided Friday to maintain its current monetary easing policy and assessment of the economy as recovering moderately, while upgrading views on personal consumption and housing investment after waning of adverse effects of last year's sales tax hike. (Kyodo)
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Japan PM Abe announces $110-billion aid for Asia infrastructure

May 21, 2015 - 23:09
Japan will provide a total of 110 billion dollars over the next five years to boost by 30 pct financial assistance for promoting infrastructure development in other Asian countries, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday. (Jiji Press)
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Nikkei ends flat after hitting 15-year high

May 21, 2015 - 08:50
Japan's Nikkei share average ended flat on Thursday after hitting a fresh 15-year high as investors took profits ahead of the Bank of Japan's two-day policy meeting on Friday. (
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Nikkei closes at 15-yr high on GDP surprise, led by real estate firms

May 20, 2015 - 11:57
Japanese stocks closed at a 15-year peak on Wednesday, helped by data showing a surprisingly rapid pace of domestic economic growth in the January-March quarter. (
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Japan's economy continues to recover moderately in Jan.-March

May 20, 2015 - 05:11
The Japanese economy grew an annualized real 2.4 percent in the first quarter of 2015, the government said Wednesday, indicating it is on a moderate recovery track following a setback triggered by last year's consumption tax hike. (Kyodo)
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Department store sales jump in April

May 19, 2015 - 23:00
Sales at department stores in Japan marked double-digit growth in April, for the first year-on-year increase in 2 months. (NHK)
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Farmers hold emergency meeting on TPP

May 19, 2015 - 12:40
Farmers in Japan are closely watching talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal. They want the government to maintain tariffs on key agricultural products. (NHK)
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Nikkei climbs above 20,000

May 19, 2015 - 12:32
The benchmark Nikkei average rose on overnight rises in European and U.S. markets on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Tuesday, closing above 20,000 for the first time in about three weeks. (Japan Times)
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Nikkei rises to near 3-week high, insurers support; Dai-ichi soars

May 18, 2015 - 09:36
Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Monday to a near 3-week high, bolstered by gains in the insurance sector after Dai-ichi Life announced higher shareholder payouts. (Reuters)
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