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Japan, U.S. make some progress over TPP

August 6, 2014 - 23:03
The Japanese and the U.S. governments said Tuesday they have made some progress in a two-day working-level meeting on agricultural tariff issues linked to the ongoing negotiations on a multilateral Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement. (Jiji Press)
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Nikkei slips to 6-week low on geopolitical anxiety, Softbank sinks

August 6, 2014 - 08:01
Japanese shares dropped to a six-week closing low on Wednesday as tensions over Ukraine hit global equities, and SoftBank Corp tumbled after its U.S. subsidiary Sprint Corp abandoned its bid to acquire T-Mobile U.S. Inc. (Reuters)
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Food self-sufficiency rate remains at 39%

August 5, 2014 - 22:47
The nation's food self-sufficiency rate in fiscal 2013, which ended in March, remained at 39 percent on a calorie basis for the fourth straight year, the farm ministry said Tuesday. (The Japan News)
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Nikkei edges down as weak yen trend pauses; majors' earnings awaited

August 5, 2014 - 07:55
Japan's Nikkei share average edged down in choppy trade on Tuesday morning, extending its declines into a fourth day as the weak yen trend paused, while the market awaited clues from Japanese corporate earnings such as Toyota Motor Corp. (Reuters)
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Japan's economy in recovery mode, says Suga

August 4, 2014 - 23:55
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says that Japan's economic recovery remained underway, citing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's "Abenomics" economic policies as a major factor. (Japan Today)
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Nikkei hits 1-week low on Wall St gloom; financials, Softbank weigh

August 4, 2014 - 07:22
Japanese stocks were flat on Monday after slipping to a one-week low in choppy early trade, as more losses on Wall Street and the conflict in Gaza and Ukraine sapped risk appetite. (
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Abe eager to boost free trade ties with Latin America

August 3, 2014 - 00:47
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his eagerness Saturday to boost Japan's economic and trade ties with the four Latin American nations comprising the Pacific Alliance, after seeking an early conclusion of a free trade agreement with Colombia. (Kyodo)
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Japan struggles to reclaim fraudulently obtained welfare benefits

August 1, 2014 - 23:12
Local authorities in Japan are struggling to recover fraudulently obtained welfare benefits and they are forced to book some payments as losses, a government survey showed on Friday. (Jiji Press)
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The dark side of 'womenomics'

August 1, 2014 - 13:27
Japanese women are in demand as never before. "Women have the greatest potential," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently told media, "and allowing them to demonstrate their full abilities is the core of our growth strategy." (Nikkei)
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Tokyo stocks close down 0.63pc

August 1, 2014 - 07:40
Tokyo stocks closed down 0.63 percent on Friday after a sell-off on Wall Street driven by weak eurozone data, the Argentine debt default and other negative news. (
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Japan must hike sales taxes again to conquer debt: IMF

July 31, 2014 - 23:45
Japan must raise its sales tax again to conquer one of the world's heaviest public debt burdens, the International Monetary Fund said Thursday, as it called for deep economic reforms. (Japan Today)
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Nikkei rises to fresh 6-month high led by exporters, banks

July 31, 2014 - 08:17
Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a fresh six-month high on Thursday after solid US growth buoyed sentiment and as the weakening yen lifted exporters, while Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group's earnings boosted the banking sector. (
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Japan flirts with recession after output, exports drop

July 30, 2014 - 23:17
Japan could be flirting with recession after the weakest factory output since 2011, which, following a surprising fall in exports last week, could pressure the central bank to ease policy and complicate a decision on whether to raise taxes. (Japan Today)
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Nikkei edges higher on weaker yen, strong corporate results

July 30, 2014 - 07:30
Tokyo stocks rose slightly on Wednesday as market sentiment was lifted by a weaker yen and strong corporate results. (
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Japan's housing vacancy rate hits record high 13.5%

July 30, 2014 - 00:01
A record high 13.5 percent of existing housing units in Japan were vacant as of last Oct. 1, up 0.4 percentage point from five years earlier when the survey was last conducted, the government said Tuesday. (Kyodo)
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Japan removes work disincentive by raising wage floor

July 29, 2014 - 23:51
The Japanese government moved Tuesday to give the least-paid workers their second-biggest raise in the past 20 years. (Nikkei)
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Nikkei scales six-month high on weaker yen, robust earnings

July 29, 2014 - 07:36
Tokyo shares rose to a fresh six-month closing high on Tuesday, buoyed by a weaker yen and robust earnings from blue chips like Nissan Motor Co, suggesting some sectors were weathering the impact of a recent sales tax hike. (Reuters)
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Tokyo stocks close up 0.46pc at fresh six-month high

July 28, 2014 - 07:44
Tokyo stocks rose 0.46 percent Monday to close at a fresh six-month high as Japanese earnings season gets into full swing. (
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Japan can boost female workforce by 1 million: white paper

July 26, 2014 - 01:15
Japan can increase its female workforce by about one million if it takes steps to improve the working environment for women raising children, the government said in its annual economic and fiscal white paper on Friday. (Jiji Press)
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Japanese businesses benefiting from hotter-than-expected summer

July 26, 2014 - 01:07
Scorching heat has been the norm across Japan in recent days. On Friday, Tajimi in the landlocked prefecture of Gifu saw thermometers hit 39.3 C, the nation's highest temperature so far this year. (Nikkei)
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