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Japan economy stalls as incomes, spending languish

August 29, 2014 - 02:42
Japan's vital signs remained weak in July, as wages fell further and household spending dropped, signaling continued weakness in the world's third-largest economy. (
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Japan minimum hourly wage to rise by 16 yen in FY 2014

August 28, 2014 - 23:10
The minimum hourly wage in Japan for fiscal 2014 will increase by 16 yen from the previous year to 780 yen on average, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said Thursday. (Jiji Press)
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Corporate Japan issuing bonds at record-low rates

August 28, 2014 - 22:48
More Japanese companies are taking advantage of ultralow long-term interest rates to issue bonds carrying rock-bottom costs. (Nikkei)
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Topix drops to extend weekly decline on yen, steelmakers

August 28, 2014 - 06:59
Japanese shares fell, with the Topix (TPX) index extending its weekly loss, as the yen headed for a second day of gains and steel companies slid. (
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Nikkei ends up, gets lift from Wall St record

August 27, 2014 - 07:44
Japan's Nikkei share average edged up on Wednesday after U.S. shares extended their gains and the S&P 500 closed above the 2,000 mark for the first time. (Reuters)
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Japan July services producer prices up 3.7 pct

August 26, 2014 - 23:17
Japan's services producer price index in July rose 3.7 pct from a year before, the Bank of Japan said Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
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Tourism emerges as new economic driver for Japan

August 26, 2014 - 07:58
With its contribution now rivaling that of the auto industry in at least one estimate, tourism is fast becoming a key focus of Japan's economic policy. (Japan Times)
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Nikkei falls in thin trade as weak yen trend pauses

August 26, 2014 - 07:50
Japan's Nikkei share average fell on Tuesday in thin trade as profit-taking accelerated in late trade after the weak yen trend paused, taking a toll on exporters and index-heavyweight stocks such as Honda Motor Co and SoftBank Corp. (Reuters)
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Japan to boost ID checks for opening bank accounts

August 25, 2014 - 23:37
Japan plans to require from as early as next fiscal year individuals wishing to open bank accounts to show photo identification in a move against money laundering. (Nikkei)
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Demand for Y1 coins slow despite sales tax hike

August 25, 2014 - 23:35
Demand for Y1 coins has remained sluggish despite an expected increase in demand after the consumption tax hike in April, as more and more people are using electronic payment systems. (The Japan News)
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Nikkei rebounds as exporters gain on weaker yen; insurers suffer

August 25, 2014 - 07:39
Tokyo stocks closed up 0.48 percent on Monday as investors welcomed the dollar's rise following US Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen's defence of the central bank's monetary policy. (
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BOJ may keep easing in place for 'some time' to slay deflation: Kuroda

August 24, 2014 - 10:18
The Bank of Japan may have to pursue its aggressive monetary policy easing for "some time" to fully vanquish deflation, BOJ Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda said Saturday. (Japan Times)
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BOJ's Kuroda sees pickup in global growth, Japanese exports

August 24, 2014 - 01:38
The Bank of Japan is sticking to its expectation of an improving domestic economy and gradually rising inflation fueled by its current policies, despite growing skepticism among private analysts about the health of the recovery and the adequacy of the central bank's efforts. (Wall Street Journal)
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Japan ends nine days of gains

August 22, 2014 - 23:50
Japan stocks closed lower on Friday, breaking a nine-session string of gains. (
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Nikkei gains for 9th consecutive trading day on dollar's rise

August 21, 2014 - 07:34
Tokyo stocks ended modestly higher on Thursday, with its benchmark Nikkei stock index rising for the ninth consecutive trading day bolstered by the U.S. dollar's rise to the upper 103 yen range. (
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Japan mulls 1 trillion yen war chest for stimulus

August 20, 2014 - 23:07
Japan is considering setting aside 1 trillion yen for stimulus measures in fiscal 2015 to help stave off a blow from a consumption tax hike planned for October next year. (Nikkei)
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Tokyo stocks close flat

August 20, 2014 - 07:42
The Nikkei, coming off seven straight days of gains, added 0.23 per cent at the start as the weaker yen boosted exporter shares, while US stocks rose on encouraging US economic data and a solid earnings report from Home Depot. (
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Tokyo shares end higher on weaker yen, U.S. gains

August 19, 2014 - 07:52
Tokyo shares ended Tuesday higher with Nikkei extended its rising for the seventh day on a weaker yen and gains in the overnight U.S. market. (
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Nikkei flat in thin trade as market eyes Ukraine, Jackson Hole; Chugai jumps

August 18, 2014 - 07:26
Japan's Nikkei ended flat on Monday in thin trade as geopolitical tensions dulled risk appetite, but Chugai Pharmaceutical jumped on a media report that Roche Holding AG's may be close to sealing a deal to take full ownership of the Japanese drugmaker. (Reuters)
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100 of 106 major firms in Japan expect economic growth at year-end

August 17, 2014 - 02:37
A survey of 106 major companies in Japan has found 100 expect the country's economy to expand toward the year-end, while 76 do not oppose the government's plan to implement another sales tax hike in 2015, the Kyodo News poll showed Saturday. (Kyodo)
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