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Japanese workers' sentiment worsened in September

October 8, 2015 - 13:13
A government survey shows sentiment has worsened for the second month in a row. The slowdown in China is a big factor. (NHK)
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BOJ Keeps Monetary Policy Unchanged

October 7, 2015 - 22:12
The Bank of Japan decided to keep its monetary policy unchanged at a two-day Policy Board meeting that ended Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
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IMF trims Japan growth forecasts for 2015, next year

October 7, 2015 - 05:19
Japan's economy will expand at a slower rate than previously forecast this year and next, the International Monetary Fund warned Tuesday, in another blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's stuttering growth blitz. (AFP)
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TPP ministers reach agreement

October 5, 2015 - 21:50
Delegates from 12 countries participating in talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact reached an agreement and issued a joint statement Monday morning. (The Japan News)
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Japan's economic strains laid bare by poor pensioners

October 5, 2015 - 04:30
At 11.30am on June 30, 71-year-old Haruo Hayashizaki boarded a train bound for Osaka, poured petrol over his head and set himself on fire. The heat was so intense, it melted the carriage ceiling. Hayashizaki's suicide also killed 52-year-old Yoshiko Kuwabara. (
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TPP talks enter final extension / Bio-drugs field still sticking point

October 4, 2015 - 21:25
Delegates from 12 countries taking part in talks over the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact Saturday morning here decided to extend the talks for another day through Sunday, aiming to reach a broad agreement in three areas, including biopharmaceuticals. (The Japan News)
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Kuroda's retreat from bonds stymied by expectations for more BOJ stimulus

October 2, 2015 - 23:39
With the economy weakening markedly, banks are flocking to longer-dated government debt on expectations the Bank of Japan will expand its stimulus program. That's creating fresh challenges for BOJ Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda, who's trying to get banks to buy fewer bonds and lend more. (Japan Times)
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Japan makes concession in TPP auto talks

October 2, 2015 - 23:19
12 Pacific-rim nations are trying to break the logjam on the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade agreement. (NHK)
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My Number poses dilemma for bar hostesses, others moonlighting after work

October 1, 2015 - 23:49
A dirty little secret of one Japanese "office lady" stereotype is that some women, dissatisfied with their clerical salaries, augment their earnings by moonlighting as bar hostesses. (Japan Times)
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