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Monetary easing worked, but is more needed?

April 4, 2014 - 23:25
Friday marked a full year since the Bank of Japan introduced its quantitative and qualitative monetary easing measures. (The Japan News)
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Japan to allow foreigners to work longer in construction sector

April 4, 2014 - 23:06
The government decided on Friday to allow foreigners in Japan's on-the-spot job training program to work in the country's construction sector for up to six years, double the current length, as an emergency measure to ease the serious labor shortages crippling the industry. (Jiji Press)
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Japan’s economy: Out of the zone

April 4, 2014 - 07:08
For Izumi Yoshimura, an estate agent in Tokyo's Ginza shopping district, the increase in the consumption tax on April 1st from 5% to 8% is a triple blow. It lifts her cost of living; she will need to rejig her firm's computer systems at great expense; and her commissions are likely to fall along with sales of apartments. (The Economist)
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Nikkei slips from 3-week high; BOJ stimulus bets limit losses

April 4, 2014 - 06:59
Japanese shares eased off a three-week high on Friday on caution before the release of US jobs data, but speculation that the Bank of Japan may adopt more stimulus next week underpinned shares of real estate and brokerage firms. (Economic Times)
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United States urges Japan to make good on trade promises

April 3, 2014 - 21:21
Japan has to live up to commitments to open its markets as part of talks to create a Pacific free trade zone, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said on Thursday. (Reuters)
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Nikkei rises to 3-week high on China hopes, weak yen after solid US data

April 3, 2014 - 06:42
Japanese stocks rose to a three-week high on Thursday, helped by gains in construction equipment makers on news China is taking steps to stimulate its economy, and as the dollar hit a 10-week high to the yen after solid US economic data. (Economic Times)
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Companies predict 5yr sustained price gains

April 2, 2014 - 21:34
Japanese companies forecast price gains will be sustained over the next five years, indicating confidence in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's efforts to stamp out deflation. (The Japan News)
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Tokyo stocks close up 1.04pc

April 2, 2014 - 07:31
Tokyo shares rose 1.04 percent Wednesday, tracking a rally on Wall Street following solid manufacturing data and a Federal Reserve assurance of support for the US economy. (
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Nikkei drops as BOJ tankan disappoints, utility shares underperform

April 1, 2014 - 08:09
Japan's Nikkei share average fell on Tuesday, retreating from a three-week high, as sentiment was hit by a sombre business confidence survey and as utilities tumbled on a report that Hokkaido Electric Power Co will get a capital infusion from a state-owned lender. (Reuters)
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Japan diaper shortage shows how China demand can relieve tax pain

April 1, 2014 - 06:54
For evidence that Japan's economy could avoid a steep decline after a sales tax increase takes effect on Tuesday, consider diaper sales. (Reuters)
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Japan February wages steady, winter bonuses up for first time in five years

April 1, 2014 - 06:46
Japanese wage earners' total cash earnings were unchanged in February from a year earlier and, in a possible sign of thaw in sluggish growth in salaries, winter bonuses rose for the first time in five years, data showed on Tuesday. (
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Consumption tax rises to 8%

March 31, 2014 - 21:45
Japan's consumption tax has risen to 8 percent from 5 percent, the first increase in 17 years. (NHK)
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Nikkei hits 3-week high on soft yen, but posts worst quarter in seven

March 31, 2014 - 07:10
Japan's Nikkei share average hit a three-week closing high on Monday, with exporters leading the way on a weaker yen, but The index posted its worst quarterly performance in nearly two years. (Reuters)
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Japan factory output slides, outlook clouded by sales tax hike

March 31, 2014 - 04:35
Japan's factory output unexpectedly fell in February at the fastest pace in eight months in a possible sign that the benefits from last-minute demand before an impending sales tax hike may have run their course. (Reuters)
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Japanese women and work: Holding back half the nation

March 29, 2014 - 08:06
Karen Kawabata represents the best of Japan's intellectual capital. She has just graduated from the University of Tokyo, the most prestigious in the country. (
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Nikkei climbs to 2-week high but Yahoo Japan tumbles on eAccess buy

March 28, 2014 - 06:50
Japanese stocks rose to two-week highs on Friday in choppy trade ahead of the approaching fiscal year-end, while Yahoo Japan Corp dived on questions over strategy following news it will buy mobile network operator eAccess from SoftBank Corp. (Reuters)
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Japan is doomed unless it learns to love inflation

March 27, 2014 - 21:46
For 25 years, Japan has shied away from trying to increase inflation. But now that it's trying to get prices to rise by 2 percent, it needs to do much more. (
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Nikkei reverses losses to hit 2-week high, pension fund bids cited

March 27, 2014 - 07:16
Japanese shares surged to a two-week closing high on Thursday, with market players citing reinvestment by a public pension fund and short-covering in futures as factors behind the sharp reversal from early losses. ()
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Japan, Australia fail to agree on tariffs in FTA talks

March 26, 2014 - 22:48
Japan and Australia failed to reach an agreement over tariff elimination on farm products in their ministerial free trade talks in Tokyo on Wednesday, only confirming they will continue negotiations. (Global Post)
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Asia stocks mostly higher; Nikkei ends up 0.4%

March 26, 2014 - 08:24
Asian stock markets were mostly higher on Wednesday, as an upbeat session on Wall Street boosted sentiment. (
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