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Nikkei ends at 7-yr high as Japan exits recession

February 16, 2015 - 08:33
The Nikkei Stock Average ended at a more than seven-year high Monday after data showed the Japanese economy rebounded from recession in the last quarter of 2014. (Kyodo)
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Japan's economy emerges from recession, growth weaker than forecast

February 16, 2015 - 03:50
Japan's economy rebounded from recession to grow an annualized 2.2 percent in the final quarter of last year, giving a much-needed boost to premier Shinzo Abe's efforts to shake off decades of stagnation even as the global outlook deteriorates. (Reuters)
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GDP data to show Japan's economy out of recession

February 15, 2015 - 22:03
Japan's economy likely rebounded from recession in the final quarter of last year, data on Monday is set to show, giving a much needed boost to premier Shinzo Abe's efforts to steer the country out of decades of stagnation. (Reuters)
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Korean Wages Are Now Higher Than Japanese Wages, Perhaps For The First Time In 3,000 Years

February 15, 2015 - 00:16
This is something of a surprise actually, and it's also an interesting indicator of just how fast economic growth can be. Average wages in South Korea are now higher than they are in Japan. (
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Japan's problem isn't the super-rich

February 15, 2015 - 00:14
In Thomas Piketty's bestseller, "Capital in the Twenty-First Century", Japan appears as another rich country in which wealth is becoming ever more concentrated. (
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Japan, S. Korea to let bilateral currency swap pact expire

February 14, 2015 - 23:46
The Japanese and South Korean governments plan to terminate their bilateral currency swap arrangement, which is designed to help each other in case of emergency such as a financial crisis, informed sources said Saturday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan must maintain $21B pace to hit surplus target: advisers

February 12, 2015 - 23:58
Achieving a primary budget surplus in five years will require Japan to shrink its current deficit by an annual 2.5 trillion yen ($21 billion) through a combination of economic growth and spending cuts. (Nikkei)
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Tokyo stocks hit more than seven-year high

February 12, 2015 - 10:06
Tokyo's Nikkei index surged Thursday to end at its highest level in more than seven years, boosted by a weak yen and upbeat machinery orders, while investors shrugged off concerns about floundering Greek debt talks. (
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Agricultural reforms in Japan pave the way for TPP

February 11, 2015 - 22:32
Last October, Japan's powerful farm lobby, the Japan Agriculture Cooperative (JA), still had the clout to stall Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) ministerial negotiations between Japan and the U.S. over tariffs on sensitive farm products. (
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G-20 expresses concern about slow growth in Japan, Europe

February 10, 2015 - 23:52
Top finance officials from the Group of 20 major economies expressed concerns Tuesday about what they saw as slow economic growth in Japan and Europe. (Jiji Press)
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Washoku boom helps Japan's farm exports

February 10, 2015 - 23:50
The total value of exported agricultural, forestry and fishery products surpassed ¥600 billion last year for the first time ever, hitting a new record for the second year in a row, apparently due to the growing popularity of Japanese washoku traditional cuisine, government data show. (The Japan News)
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Japan, Mongolia ink free trade agreement

February 10, 2015 - 23:43
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Mongolian counterpart Chimed Saikhanbileg signed a free trade agreement at a summit meeting Tuesday, aiming to boost bilateral economic and political relations. (Kyodo)
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Japan's debt totals about 1,030 t. yen at end of 2014

February 10, 2015 - 23:34
Japan's public debt totaled 1,029,920.5 billion yen at the end of December 2014, the Finance Ministry said Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
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Nikkei falls on Greece concerns; Nissan rises after lifting forecast

February 10, 2015 - 08:29
Japan's Nikkei share average slipped on Tuesday as Greece's rejection of its bailout terms fuelled concerns fresh turmoil in the euro zone, but Nissan Motor Co attracted buying on rosy forecasts. (Economic Times)
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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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