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JA-Zenchu accepts govt's reform plan

February 9, 2015 - 22:46
The government and the Liberal Democratic Party have reached a broad agreement with the Central Union of Agricultural Cooperatives (JA-Zenchu) on the government's plan to reform agricultural cooperatives, the main pillar of which is to abolish JA-Zenchu's right to supervise and audit regional cooperatives. (The Japan News)
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Nikkei edges up after strong U.S. jobs data but China worries limit gains

February 9, 2015 - 08:48
Japan's Nikkei share average edged up on Monday as the yen weakened against the dollar after strong U.S. jobs data, but gains were limited as weak Chinese trade numbers capped risk appetite. (Reuters)
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Japan logs record-low current account surplus in 2014

February 9, 2015 - 07:11
Japan's current account surplus shrank nearly a fifth to a record low US$22 billion in 2014, the fourth straight annual fall, as its trade deficit swelled amid a weak yen, official data showed Monday (Feb 9). (
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Japan upgrades assessment of coincident indicators

February 6, 2015 - 23:11
Data released Friday suggested Japan's economy may have bottomed out and could be set for expansion after an April sales tax increase damped consumer sentiment. (
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Tokyo stocks close 0.82% higher

February 6, 2015 - 09:11
Tokyo stocks closed 0.82 percent up Friday, boosted by sharp gains on Wall Street and reassurances from the European Central Bank that Greek lenders will get access to funding. (
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Tokyo stocks fall 0.98% amid Greek debt fears

February 5, 2015 - 12:27
Tokyo stocks fell 0.98 percent Thursday, as investors worried about Greece's debt negotiations while a stronger yen weighed on the market, but Sony surged to a near five-year high after lifting its earnings outlook. (
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Japan government delays BOJ nomination, stirs worries about political battle

February 4, 2015 - 12:07
Japan's government unexpectedly delayed a widely expected nomination to the Bank of Japan's policy board on Wednesday, raising concerns the appointment could become ensnared in a political battle with opposition parties. (Reuters)
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Nikkei posts biggest gains in more than 2 weeks

February 4, 2015 - 08:28
Japanese shares posted their biggest gains in more than two weeks on Wednesday after Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group's strong results lifted financial shares, and hopes for a new Greek debt swap deal and a stabilization in oil prices underpinned broader sentiment. (Reuters)
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Japan average monthly wages grow 0.8 pct in 2014

February 4, 2015 - 08:26
The average monthly wages in Japan in 2014 rose 0.8 pct from the previous year to 316,694 yen, the first increase in four years, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said in a preliminary report Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
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Nikkei falls after weak JGB auction sours mood; global growth concerns weigh

February 3, 2015 - 09:26
Japanese stocks extended early losses and fell to a 1-1/2-week low on Tuesday as the results of the new 10-year Japanese government bonds auction were weaker than expected, with worries about global growth also weighing on risk appetite. (Reuters)
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TPP negotiators agree on copyrights protection

February 2, 2015 - 22:28
Negotiators of the Trans Pacific Partnership free trade pact have reached a deal on copyright duration in principle. The plan is for copyrights to last for 70 years. (NHK)
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Japan regulator worries about falling mortgage rates

February 2, 2015 - 22:20
Japanese banks are racing to cut mortgage rates on the back of lower long-term interest rates, prompting the Financial Services Agency to check whether banks are managing risks responsibly. (Nikkei)
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Nikkei falls on soft U.S. and China data, printer-makers sink

February 2, 2015 - 07:43
Japanese share prices fell on Monday after soft U.S. and China economic data raised doubts over global growth prospects, while shares in two printer manufacturers tumbled after disappointing earnings. (re)
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Piketty theories draw praise, criticism

February 2, 2015 - 00:14
The book “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” by French economist Thomas Piketty is attracting attention in Japan, as many people are increasingly dissatisfied with what they see as widening inequality brought about by the Abenomics policy package. (The Japan News)
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Japan mulls concession on rice in TPP negotiations

January 31, 2015 - 00:18
Japan has offered to import more rice from the United States in response to strident calls from Washington to make a concession toward concluding Pacific Rim free trade talks, negotiation sources said Friday. (Kyodo)
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Nikkei gains on strong corporate earnings

January 30, 2015 - 07:17
Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Friday as strong company earnings led by Nomura Holdings and Advantest Corp buoyed the sentiment, but a sell-off in index-heavyweight SoftBank Corp limited the gains. (
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Japan Dec. jobless rate falls to 3.4 pct

January 30, 2015 - 02:17
Japan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stood at 3.4 pct in December, down 0.1 percentage point from the previous month, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said Friday. (Jiji Press)
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Tokyo stocks fall 1.06% by the close

January 29, 2015 - 11:29
Tokyo stocks closed 1.06 percent lower on Thursday, with videogame giant Nintendo and Canon tumbling after their latest earnings disappointed investors, and after Wall Street fell sharply. (
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Japan's 'shunto' wage talks begin

January 29, 2015 - 06:57
The top leaders of Japan's biggest business group and labor union umbrella body held a meeting Thursday, marking the start of "shunto" wage negotiations this year. (Jiji Press)
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Japan's hope may be its hinterlands

January 28, 2015 - 22:45
Japan Inc has changed too much for traditional monetary and fiscal incentives to work on their own. So the ripest targets for the Bank of Japan could well lie outside Tokyo and the headquarters of the country's once world-beating companies (
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