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Japan public pension fund to double stock investment

October 31, 2014 - 22:28
Japan's public pension fund said Friday it will double allocations to domestic and foreign stocks while curbing investment in domestic bonds. (Jiji Press)
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Gender gap in Japan labor market still significant: OECD

October 31, 2014 - 22:26
Japanese women still receive lower wages than Japanese men do, with a high proportion of women working part-time, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Friday. (Jiji Press)
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BOJ eases monetary policy further

October 31, 2014 - 22:03
In a surprise move, the Bank of Japan decided to ease its monetary policy further at a Policy Board meeting on Friday, demonstrating its resolve to help shore up the country's economy and reach its 2 percent inflation goal. (The Japan News)
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Japan's inflation, job creation slowdown a blow to Abenomics

October 31, 2014 - 07:06
Japan's inflation rate fell to its lowest in nearly a year and a measure of job creation worsened for the first time in more than three years, highlighting the divergence between developments in the economy and policy makers' optimistic projections. (Wall Street Journal)
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Nikkei closes up 4.8% at seven-year high, yen falls to 6-year low after BOJ stuns with more stimulus

October 31, 2014 - 07:03
Tokyo shares soared 4.83 per cent to a seven-year high on Friday after the Bank of Japan ramped up its vast monetary easing programme, sending the yen into freefall. (
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Tokyo stocks close up 0.67pc, Nikkei 225 index at the TSE climbed 104.29 points

October 30, 2014 - 07:47
Tokyo stocks rose 0.67 percent on Thursday after the dollar hit a three-week high against the yen in response to the US Federal Reserve's decision to bring an end to its stimulus programme. (
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Nikkei leads Asian shares higher ahead of Fed meeting

October 29, 2014 - 08:41
Stocks in Tokyo gained on Wednesday, leading Asian markets higher as investors awaited a decision by the U.S. Federal Reserve on quantitative easing. (
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Japan ranks 104th in gender equality rankings

October 28, 2014 - 23:39
Japan came in 104th in the World Economic Forum's gender equality rankings for 2014, up from 105th the previous year but still far behind other major industrialized nations, the Geneva-based group said Tuesday. (The Japan News)
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Nikkei dips as investors await Fed decision; retailers rise

October 28, 2014 - 08:25
Japanese stocks slipped on Tuesday as investors awaited the outcome of the Federal Reserve's two-day policy meeting, but retailers bucked the trend on stronger-than-expected sales growth. (Reuters)
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TPP ministers seek progress toward agreement by year-end

October 25, 2014 - 09:00
Trade chiefs from 12 countries involved in an ambitious Pacific free trade initiative started a three-day meeting Saturday in Sydney in a bid to make progress toward a U.S.-proposed goal of reaching a deal by year-end. (Kyodo)
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Under system that relies on honesty, 70% with dependents abroad pay no income tax

October 25, 2014 - 01:37
Alarmed by gaping holes in oversight, the Board of Audit wants to tighten scrutiny on tax deductions for overseas dependents to prevent dubious individuals from cheating the government out of revenue. (Asahi)
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Tokyo stocks rebound on upbeat overseas equity market trades

October 25, 2014 - 01:18
Stocks gained ground on the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Friday, backed by overnight rises in U.S. and European stocks. (The Japan News)
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Nikkei loses 0.37 pct on falling U.S. stocks

October 23, 2014 - 14:53
The Nikkei stock index closed negative, losing 0.37 percent Thursday, following a roller coaster series of runs recently, with the market being dragged down eventually today by falling U.S. shares overnight. (
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Nikkei’s wild ride – Strap in or jump off?

October 23, 2014 - 00:10
Japan's Nikkei index has taken a rollercoaster ride so far this week, and some analysts believe traders should strap in for more turbulence. (
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Japan logs trade deficit of 958.3 billion yen in Sept.

October 23, 2014 - 00:09
Japan logged a customs-cleared trade deficit of 958.3 billion yen in September, compared with the 943.2-billion-yen deficit a year earlier, the Ministry of Finance said Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan to crack down on wealthy tax dodgers fleeing abroad

October 21, 2014 - 23:34
Japan is considering taxing the capital gains on stocks and other financial assets held by residents moving overseas, part of an effort to prevent the super rich from escaping tax bills. (Nikkei)
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Dept. store sales down 0.7% in Sept.

October 21, 2014 - 22:50
Sales at department stores in Japan in September decreased 0.7 percent from a year before on a same-store basis, down for the sixth consecutive month, according to the Japan Department Stores Association. (The Japan News)
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New economy minister faces energy, tax challenges ahead

October 21, 2014 - 22:48
Yoichi Miyazawa, the new economy, trade and industry minister, will immediately face many important and difficult challenges over energy policies. (The Japan News)
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Nikkei extends fall on Shiozaki comments, gets little help from China data

October 21, 2014 - 09:32
Japanese stocks fell on Tuesday, with the market latching on to comments from the welfare minister on the country's public pension fund as an excuse to take profits from outsized gains the previous day. (
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BOJ cuts economic assessment for Tohoku region

October 20, 2014 - 23:43
The Bank of Japan has downgraded its economic assessment for one of nine regions in Japan, but has kept the assessment for the others unchanged. (NHK)
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