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Japan shares close down 0.84pc

September 30, 2014 - 08:00
Tokyo stocks fell 0.84 percent Tuesday following a surprisingly weak batch of economic data and a sell-off on Wall Street while investors were keeping an eye on political unrest in Hong Kong. (
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Nikkei gains helped by strong U.S. growth; SoftBank falls

September 29, 2014 - 07:05
Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Monday with the weak yen supporting sentiment, while risk taking was buoyed after the U.S. economy grew at its fastest pace in 2-1/2 years in the second quarter. ()
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Leading Japanese economist Hirofumi Uzawa dies at 86

September 27, 2014 - 00:14
Globally renowned theoretical economist Hirofumi Uzawa has died of a brain infarction in Tokyo, it was learned on Sept. 26. He was 86. (Asahi)
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Japan consumer prices up 3.1 pct in Aug.

September 26, 2014 - 23:45
Japan's core consumer price index in August rose 3.1 pct from a year earlier, extending the rising streak to a 15th month, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said Friday. (Jiji Press)
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Nikkei falls on Wall St weakness, but pension reform hopes limit losses

September 26, 2014 - 07:21
jJapanese stocks dropped on Friday as steep falls on Wall Street depressed risk appetite, though it recovered from session lows as the government reiterated its commitment to reform the nation's pension fund. (Reuters)
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Nikkei rises to fresh 7-year high as weak yen lifts risk appetite

September 25, 2014 - 07:27
Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a fresh seven-year high on Thursday as strong U.S. economic data and continuing yen weakness buoyed investors' risk appetite, with buying extending beyond exporters to lift all sectors. (Reuters)
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Japan, U.S. fail to clinch bilateral TPP deal

September 25, 2014 - 05:08
Japan and the United States have failed to clinch a much-awaited bilateral agreement seen as crucial for working out a multilateral Pacific Rim free trade deal, both sides said Wednesday. (Kyodo)
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In Abenomics' shadow, Japanese women fight 'maternity harassment'

September 24, 2014 - 23:54
When Sayaka Osakabe returned to work after a second miscarriage, one of the first questions her boss asked was whether she was having sex again. (Reuters)
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Nikkei slips as U.S. air strikes hurt sentiment, lift yen

September 24, 2014 - 08:06
Japanese shares stepped back on Wednesday, after U.S. air strikes in Syria dampened risk sentiment and curbed the yen's fall - the main driver of the market's rally in the past several weeks. (Reuters)
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No more Japan-U.S. ministerial talks on TPP: Amari

September 24, 2014 - 05:41
Japan does not intend to have any more ministerial meeting with the United States on Trans-Pacific Partnership multilateral free trade negotiations, Japanese TPP Minister Akira Amari said Tuesday before a two-day such meeting in Washington. (Jiji Press)
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August supermarket sales down

September 22, 2014 - 23:02
Supermarket sales across Japan fell in August for a fifth straight month, due to bad weather. (NHK)
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Tokyo shares lose ground on profit-taking

September 22, 2014 - 07:57
Tokyo stocks lost ground Monday as investors sought to lock in recent gains after the Nikkei index jumped to a roughly seven-year high late last week. (
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Govt seeks 'compact cities' to concentrate facilities, save money

September 21, 2014 - 22:10
As part of efforts to transform increasingly depopulated regional cities into "compact cities," the central government will encourage local governments to relocate aged public facilities to the premises or buildings of regional offices that are scheduled to be rebuilt by the national government, according to sources. (The Japan News)
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G-20 to take additional steps to support growth

September 21, 2014 - 04:04
Finance chiefs of the Group of 20 industrial and developing economies agreed Sunday to take additional measures to ensure meeting their commitment to a growth target amid increasing risks. (Kyodo)
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Weak yen less advantegeous as more plants move abroad

September 19, 2014 - 23:44
The recent rapid weakening of the yen against the U.S. dollar has brought both joy and sorrow to Japanese firms. (The Japan News)
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Japanese stocks end at seven-year high

September 19, 2014 - 08:05
Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index has closed at its highest level in nearly seven years, with the tumbling yen propelling the Japanese market and investors breathing a sigh of relief over Scotland's vote to stay in the United Kingdom. (
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Japan metro residential land prices log 1st rise in 6 years

September 18, 2014 - 22:56
The average price of residential land in Japan's three metropolitan areas in and around Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya as of July 1 rose from a year before, up for the first time in six years, the land ministry said in an annual report Thursday. (Jiji Press)
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Nikkei posts biggest daily gain in two weeks as weak yen powers exporters

September 18, 2014 - 07:44
Japan's Nikkei share average closed at a new eight-month high and posted the biggest daily rise in two weeks on Thursday, with a weak yen giving exporters a boost despite disappointing trade data which showed the softer currency is not significantly buoying sales. (Reuters)
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Dollar at 6-year high of mid-108 yen level in early Tokyo deals

September 18, 2014 - 02:43
The U.S. dollar traded at a six-year high around the mid-108 yen level early Thursday in Tokyo amid growing speculation that interest rate hikes in the United States may come sooner than expected. (Kyodo)
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Japan shares fall before Fed decision on monetary policy

September 17, 2014 - 07:13
Japanese shares fell for a second day, after the Topix (TPX) index posted five days of gains, as investors await a policy decision by the Federal Reserve. (
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