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Japan February wages steady, winter bonuses up for first time in five years

April 1, 2014 - 06:46
Japanese wage earners' total cash earnings were unchanged in February from a year earlier and, in a possible sign of thaw in sluggish growth in salaries, winter bonuses rose for the first time in five years, data showed on Tuesday. (
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Consumption tax rises to 8%

March 31, 2014 - 21:45
Japan's consumption tax has risen to 8 percent from 5 percent, the first increase in 17 years. (NHK)
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Nikkei hits 3-week high on soft yen, but posts worst quarter in seven

March 31, 2014 - 07:10
Japan's Nikkei share average hit a three-week closing high on Monday, with exporters leading the way on a weaker yen, but The index posted its worst quarterly performance in nearly two years. (Reuters)
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Japan factory output slides, outlook clouded by sales tax hike

March 31, 2014 - 04:35
Japan's factory output unexpectedly fell in February at the fastest pace in eight months in a possible sign that the benefits from last-minute demand before an impending sales tax hike may have run their course. (Reuters)
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Japanese women and work: Holding back half the nation

March 29, 2014 - 08:06
Karen Kawabata represents the best of Japan's intellectual capital. She has just graduated from the University of Tokyo, the most prestigious in the country. (
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Nikkei climbs to 2-week high but Yahoo Japan tumbles on eAccess buy

March 28, 2014 - 06:50
Japanese stocks rose to two-week highs on Friday in choppy trade ahead of the approaching fiscal year-end, while Yahoo Japan Corp dived on questions over strategy following news it will buy mobile network operator eAccess from SoftBank Corp. (Reuters)
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Japan is doomed unless it learns to love inflation

March 27, 2014 - 21:46
For 25 years, Japan has shied away from trying to increase inflation. But now that it's trying to get prices to rise by 2 percent, it needs to do much more. (
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Nikkei reverses losses to hit 2-week high, pension fund bids cited

March 27, 2014 - 07:16
Japanese shares surged to a two-week closing high on Thursday, with market players citing reinvestment by a public pension fund and short-covering in futures as factors behind the sharp reversal from early losses. ()
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Japan, Australia fail to agree on tariffs in FTA talks

March 26, 2014 - 22:48
Japan and Australia failed to reach an agreement over tariff elimination on farm products in their ministerial free trade talks in Tokyo on Wednesday, only confirming they will continue negotiations. (Global Post)
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Asia stocks mostly higher; Nikkei ends up 0.4%

March 26, 2014 - 08:24
Asian stock markets were mostly higher on Wednesday, as an upbeat session on Wall Street boosted sentiment. (
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Japan shoppers splash out the yen before tax rise

March 25, 2014 - 22:47
Tokyo resident Reiko Oguma is splashing out the yen in a last-minute buying spree as she and millions of Japanese shoppers brace for the country's first sales tax hike since the late 1990s. (The West)
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Household financial assets hit record Y1.65 quadrillion

March 25, 2014 - 21:56
Backed by a stock market rally, financial assets held by households totaled a record ¥1.65 quadrillion at the end of December 2013, up 6 percent from a year earlier, a Bank of Japan report showed Tuesday. (The Japan News)
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Tokyo stocks close down 0.36%

March 25, 2014 - 07:28
Tokyo stocks slipped 0.36 per cent following losses on Wall Street and on lingering concerns about tensions between the West and Russia over Ukraine. (
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Japan, Korea, Singapore and the Arctic Sea Lanes

March 24, 2014 - 22:19
When the Arctic Council admitted a bevy of new official observer states to its ranks to great fanfare in May 2013, China and India's accession dominated the headlines. (The Diplomat)
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Why Abenomics just might not be enough to save Japan

March 24, 2014 - 22:08
Janet Yellen's first press conference as chair of the Federal Reserve earlier this week came at a sensitive time for the central bank. With unemployment gradually falling toward the bank's previously declared threshold of 6.5 percent, economists and investors were waiting to hear what Yellen wanted to do next. (Washington Post)
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Asia stocks higher despite weak China PMI; Nikkei ends up 1.8%

March 24, 2014 - 08:56
Asian stock markets were higher on Monday, as weaker than expected Chinese manufacturing data fuelled hopes Beijing will unveil fresh stimulus measures to boost growth. (
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Kuroda's first year: stocks up, yen down

March 20, 2014 - 23:04
Thursday marked the one-year anniversary of Haruhiko Kuroda becoming governor of the Bank of Japan, and observers are expected to closely follow his next steps to achieve a 2 percent inflation target amid many challenges. (The Japan News)
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Tokyo: Stocks close down 1.65%

March 20, 2014 - 08:43
Tokyo stocks fell 1.65 per cent Thursday, following losses on Wall Street after the head of the US central bank indicated interest rates could be hiked earlier than expected. (businesstimes)
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Japan shares to recoup recent losses on monetary easing, U.S. recovery: Reuters poll

March 20, 2014 - 08:41
Japan's Nikkei stock average will recoup its recent losses and end 2014 at a level not seen since before the financial crisis, as more monetary easing offsets weaker demand after the sales tax rises next month, a Reuters poll found. (Reuters)
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Abe hopes wage increases will spread to medium-sized firms

March 19, 2014 - 21:24
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday he expects that moves to raise the wages of the country's workers will spread from large companies to medium-sized firms. (
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