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Japan logs trade deficit of 660.7 billion yen in December

January 26, 2015 - 12:38
Japan logged a customs-cleared trade deficit of 660.7 billion yen in December, much smaller than the year-before deficit of 1,307.2 billion yen, the Ministry of Finance said Monday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan offers compromise on rice in Asia-Pacific trade talks

January 25, 2015 - 14:53
Japan has offered to import more rice from the United States in a compromise aimed at pushing forward the Asia-Pacific regional trade talks, the Nikkei reported on Sunday. (Reuters)
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Tokyo stocks end 1.05% stronger

January 23, 2015 - 09:15
Tokyo stocks have risen 1.05 per cent by the close after European and US markets rallied on the European Central Bank's announcement of a bigger-than-expected stimulus program. (
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Japanese economy will show powerful upward trend in 2015: PM adviser

January 22, 2015 - 14:11
Japan could see some "concrete movement" in its real economy in 2015, an economic adviser to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday, adding that inflation expectations have been rising under the Bank of Japan's monetary stimulus. (Reuters)
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Tokyo shares end 0.28pc higher

January 22, 2015 - 07:44
Tokyo stocks finished 0.28 percent higher Thursday after a day of see-saw trade as investors await the European Central Bank's monetary policy meeting later in the day. (
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Kuroda risks losing face as inflation weakens

January 21, 2015 - 23:22
By acknowledging a delay in reaching the goal of 2% inflation, Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda risks dampening market expectations for policies that have led to a weaker yen and higher stock prices. (Nikkei)
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Japanese supermarket sales down for 18th year on weak spending

January 21, 2015 - 23:21
Existing-store sales at supermarkets in Japan sank for an 18th straight year in 2014 amid sluggish consumer spending on food, apparel and daily necessities, according to figures released Wednesday by the Japan Chain Stores Association. (Nikkei)
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Tokyo stocks buck Asian rally after BoJ cuts inflation view

January 21, 2015 - 09:03
Tokyo shares fell on Wednesday, countering a broad rally in Asian markets, after the Bank of Japan slashed its inflation forecast and held off fresh easing measures after a two-day meeting. (
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BOJ keeps key policy steady, cuts FY 2015 inflation outlook

January 21, 2015 - 08:33
The Bank of Japan Wednesday cut its inflation forecast for the next fiscal year, as the recent plunge in oil prices has put pressure on price increases, crimping the bank's efforts to defeat deflation. (Kyodo)
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Chinese slowdown casting shadow on global economy

January 20, 2015 - 23:35
Economic activity in China is clearly losing steam as the real estate market cools, and the slower growth in the world's second-largest economy is taking a toll on the rest of Asia and the world. (Nikkei)
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Japanese stocks gain most in a month after China data

January 20, 2015 - 09:33
Japanese stocks made their biggest gain in a month on Tuesday, and Chinese stocks bounced back from a selloff, after data showed China's economy grew faster than expected in the fourth quarter. (
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Japan, France agree on economic cooperation toward G-20 meeting

January 20, 2015 - 03:47
Japan and France held the first meeting of their ministerial-level economic and fiscal dialogue in Tokyo on Monday, agreeing on cooperation in the lead-up to the February meeting of finance ministers and central bank chiefs of the Group of 20 advanced and emerging economies. (Jiji Press)
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Weak yen weighing on smaller firms

January 20, 2015 - 00:40
A survey shows smaller Japanese companies are not benefiting from the weaker yen as much as big corporations. (NHK)
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Tokyo stocks close 0.89% higher

January 19, 2015 - 09:03
Tokyo stocks have risen 0.89 per cent, tracking a positive lead from Wall Street. The surge comes with higher oil prices lifting confidence and investors hoping the European Central Bank will announce fresh stimuli this week. (
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Major firms bringing production home because of weaker yen

January 18, 2015 - 23:40
The weak yen is prompting some Japanese firms to bring overseas production back home, raising expectations the "reshoring" trend may slow down the ongoing industrial hollowing out of Japan. (The Japan News)
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Japan's national wealth hits record high

January 17, 2015 - 23:45
Japan's national wealth has reached a record high. Government officials cite higher stock prices boosted by the Bank of Japan's monetary-easing policy. (NHK)
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Nikkei falls 2.3pc as yen strengthens on Swiss rate cap move

January 17, 2015 - 02:57
Japan's Nikkei share average fell 2.3 percent on Friday morning after US stocks dropped for a fifth day and the yen rose after Switzerland abandoned its cap on the franc, hurting Japanese exporters such as electronics and car manufacturers. (
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Gasoline price falls for 25th straight week

January 17, 2015 - 02:55
The average retail price of regular gasoline in Japan dropped for the 25th straight week as of Tuesday, tying the record for the longest consecutive decline, according to the Natural Resources and Energy Agency. (The Japan News)
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Regional economies showing moderate recovery, BOJ says

January 15, 2015 - 12:49
The Bank of Japan said Thursday that a moderate recovery remains underway in all regional economies, upholding previous upbeat assessments because of the expectation that cheaper oil will spur consumption. ()
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Tokyo stocks soar, close 1.86% stronger

January 15, 2015 - 10:03
Tokyo stocks have jumped 1.86 per cent after two days of losses, as the yen retreated against the US dollar, boosting major exporters. (
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