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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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Japan shoppers splash out the yen before tax rise

March 25, 2014 - 22:47
Tokyo resident Reiko Oguma is splashing out the yen in a last-minute buying spree as she and millions of Japanese shoppers brace for the country's first sales tax hike since the late 1990s. (The West)
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Household financial assets hit record Y1.65 quadrillion

March 25, 2014 - 21:56
Backed by a stock market rally, financial assets held by households totaled a record ¥1.65 quadrillion at the end of December 2013, up 6 percent from a year earlier, a Bank of Japan report showed Tuesday. (The Japan News)
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Tokyo stocks close down 0.36%

March 25, 2014 - 07:28
Tokyo stocks slipped 0.36 per cent following losses on Wall Street and on lingering concerns about tensions between the West and Russia over Ukraine. (
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Japan, Korea, Singapore and the Arctic Sea Lanes

March 24, 2014 - 22:19
When the Arctic Council admitted a bevy of new official observer states to its ranks to great fanfare in May 2013, China and India's accession dominated the headlines. (The Diplomat)
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Why Abenomics just might not be enough to save Japan

March 24, 2014 - 22:08
Janet Yellen's first press conference as chair of the Federal Reserve earlier this week came at a sensitive time for the central bank. With unemployment gradually falling toward the bank's previously declared threshold of 6.5 percent, economists and investors were waiting to hear what Yellen wanted to do next. (Washington Post)
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Asia stocks higher despite weak China PMI; Nikkei ends up 1.8%

March 24, 2014 - 08:56
Asian stock markets were higher on Monday, as weaker than expected Chinese manufacturing data fuelled hopes Beijing will unveil fresh stimulus measures to boost growth. (
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Kuroda's first year: stocks up, yen down

March 20, 2014 - 23:04
Thursday marked the one-year anniversary of Haruhiko Kuroda becoming governor of the Bank of Japan, and observers are expected to closely follow his next steps to achieve a 2 percent inflation target amid many challenges. (The Japan News)
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Tokyo: Stocks close down 1.65%

March 20, 2014 - 08:43
Tokyo stocks fell 1.65 per cent Thursday, following losses on Wall Street after the head of the US central bank indicated interest rates could be hiked earlier than expected. (businesstimes)
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Japan shares to recoup recent losses on monetary easing, U.S. recovery: Reuters poll

March 20, 2014 - 08:41
Japan's Nikkei stock average will recoup its recent losses and end 2014 at a level not seen since before the financial crisis, as more monetary easing offsets weaker demand after the sales tax rises next month, a Reuters poll found. (Reuters)
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Abe hopes wage increases will spread to medium-sized firms

March 19, 2014 - 21:24
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday he expects that moves to raise the wages of the country's workers will spread from large companies to medium-sized firms. (
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Olympics, easy money boosted land prices

March 19, 2014 - 21:23
Real estate investment, boosted by the business recovery and the Bank of Japan's monetary easing policy, coupled with Tokyo's hosting of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, have led to the first increase in land prices in the nation's three major urban areas in six years. (The Japan News)
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Nikkei rises to one-week high as worries on Ukraine contained

March 19, 2014 - 07:01
Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a one-week high on Wednesday on hopes the Ukraine crisis will not deepen, but a widely-anticipated market debut by Japan Display disappointed, with the shares dropping below their offer price. (Reuters)
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Tepid exports cloud Japan outlook, more BOJ stimulus eyed after sales tax rise

March 19, 2014 - 06:49
Japan's annual export growth in February was short of market expectations and a Bank of Japan policymaker warned about the outlook as the world's third-largest economy faces a sales tax hike next month that could dent economic activity. (Reuters)
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Japan govt considering reducing tax deductions for spouses

March 18, 2014 - 21:52
The Japanese government is considering reducing or abolishing a tax deduction system for spouses that has been criticized for keeping women out of the workforce, officials said Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
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Land prices in Japan's big cities rise for the first time in six years

March 18, 2014 - 10:41
Land prices in Japan's largest cities rose for the first time in six years in 2013 while declines slowed in the rest of the country, data showed on Tuesday, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's loose-money policies spurred asset purchases. (Reuters)
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Nikkei rebounds from 6-week low, helped by some relief on Ukraine

March 18, 2014 - 07:06
Japanese shares rebounded on Tuesday, taking heart from gains on Wall Street on relief that the threat of immediate military conflict in Ukraine receded and on fairly upbeat U.S. data. (
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Global warming may cost Japan 4.7 bil. a year

March 17, 2014 - 22:15
Japanese researchers say failure to take stronger action against global warming could end up costing Japan billions of dollars a year by the end of this century. (NHK)
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