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Japan's monetary base at record high in June: BOJ

July 2, 2014 - 07:00
Japan's monetary base increased to a record 233.25 trillion yen in June, up 42.6 percent from a year earlier, the Bank of Japan said Wednesday, as the central bank attempts to boost the economy by providing huge amounts of money. (Nikkei)
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Japan, Bhutan to step up economic cooperation

July 1, 2014 - 17:29
The prime ministers of Japan and Bhutan plan for the foreign ministries of their countries to work together to increase economic cooperation. (NHK)
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Power-saving campaign begins for 3 months

July 1, 2014 - 17:27
The government on Tuesday launched a voluntary power-saving campaign for businesses and households in all parts of Japan except Okinawa, in order to conserve electricity. (Japan Today)
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Land prices rise in Japan's 3 major metropolitan areas

July 1, 2014 - 07:09
Land prices in Japan's three major metropolitan areas of Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya as of Jan. 1 logged year-on-year increases, although the average price for the country fell for the sixth straight year, the National Tax Agency said Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
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Tokyo stocks close up 1.08pc

July 1, 2014 - 07:06
Tokyo stocks closed 1.08 percent higher on Tuesday, helped by a weaker yen and a central bank survey that indicated Japanese firms plan a healthy increase in capital spending. (
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Tax hike sinks big makers' sentiment for 1st time in 18 months: Tankan

July 1, 2014 - 04:21
Business confidence among Japan's large manufacturers dropped in June from three months earlier for the first deterioration in six quarters after the consumption tax hike in April, Bank of Japan data showed Tuesday, with their key index falling to 12 from March's plus 17. (Kyodo)
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Summer bonuses up 12.1% for national civil servants

June 30, 2014 - 22:49
Summer bonuses paid to rank-and-file national civil servants in Japan on Monday came to Y586,700 on average, up 12.1 percent from a year before. (The Japan News)
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Japan, U.S. resume TPP trade talks on key issues

June 30, 2014 - 22:25
Japan and the United States opened another round of Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade negotiations Monday in an effort to try to narrow differences on Japan's five key farm product categories and other major issues. (The Japan News)
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China says welcomes US, Japan to join in new infrastructure bank

June 30, 2014 - 11:06
China would welcome the participation of the United States, Japan and European countries to help set up a new multilateral bank to fund infrastructure projects in Asia, the country's finance minister was quoted as saying on Monday. (Reuters)
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Nikkei bounces back to end up on month and quarter

June 30, 2014 - 06:58
Japanese shares rebounded on Monday after a sharp sell-off in the previous session, supported by fund managers' quarter-end window-dressing as well as Wall Street's advance, posting modest gains on the month and the quarter. (Economic Times)
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Abe pens op-ed on Japan's growth strategy

June 30, 2014 - 02:24
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has contributed an article to a leading British newspaper. He used the platform to stress his determination to revive his nation's economy and improve the fiscal situation. (NHK)
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World Bank Kim optimistic about Abe's '3rd arrow'

June 29, 2014 - 00:16
World Bank President Jim Yong Kim has voiced optimism about the Japanese government's growth strategy, which is the "third arrow" of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's three-pillar economic policy package called Abenomics. (The Japan News)
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Reform in Japan: The third arrow

June 28, 2014 - 06:22
During Japan's Meiji restoration, which began in 1868, a group of reform-minded officials and citizens worked together to stamp out feudalism, prise open borders and push the country onto a path of rapid industrialisation. (The Economist)
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Work-related mental illness claims rise to record high in FY 2013

June 28, 2014 - 00:33
The number of people in Japan who claimed workers' compensation for work-related depression or other mental illness rose to a record 1,409 in the past year to March, according to data released by the labor ministry Friday. (Kyodo)
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Foreign investors buying more Japanese shares

June 27, 2014 - 08:10
Foreign investors are buying more Japanese stocks and pushing prices higher. (NHK)
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Nikkei falls to 1 1/2-week low on U.S. growth concerns

June 27, 2014 - 08:09
Japan's Nikkei share average fell to its lowest in 1-1/2 weeks on Friday as investors took profits, while overall sentiment suffered from brewing concerns over a weak U.S. economy and the yen's strength. (Reuters)
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Japan May core consumer prices up 3.4 pct

June 27, 2014 - 02:39
Japan's core consumer price index in May rose 3.4 pct from a year earlier, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said Friday. (Jiji Press)
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Tokyo stocks close up 0.27%

June 26, 2014 - 07:35
Tokyo stocks have closed 0.27 per cent higher, tracking gains on Wall Street, with investors moving in for bargains following the previous day's sell-off. (
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Japanese business needs more incentives than tax cuts

June 26, 2014 - 00:52
On 3 June, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) cleared a major hurdle to lowering the corporate tax rate. (East Asia Forum)
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Gasoline prices up for 9th straight week

June 25, 2014 - 12:28
The deteriorating situation in Iraq is driving up the price of crude oil and the retail price of gasoline in Japan. (NHK)
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