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Gasoline prices up for 9th straight week

June 25, 2014 - 12:28
The deteriorating situation in Iraq is driving up the price of crude oil and the retail price of gasoline in Japan. (NHK)
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Nikkei falls to 1-week low, Abe plan gets muted reaction

June 25, 2014 - 07:05
Japan's Nikkei share average fell to a one-week low on Wednesday as investors took profits from recent rallies, while the government's widely-anticipated growth strategy met a muted market reaction. (Reuters)
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Abe's Cabinet OKs new growth strategy to invigorate businesses

June 24, 2014 - 13:49
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet endorsed Tuesday its revamped economic growth strategy and longer-term policy blueprint, aimed at strengthening international industrial competitiveness and invigorating the Japanese share market. (Kyodo)
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Nikkei ekes out thin gains ahead of Abe's growth strategy

June 24, 2014 - 08:30
Japan's Nikkei share average eked out small gains to hit a 5-month closing high on Tuesday, as the focus in domestic markets turned to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's release later in the day of his much-anticipated policy initiatives to boost growth. (Reuters)
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Basic pension premium collection rate rises

June 23, 2014 - 23:35
The nation saw a rise in the collection rate for "kokumin nenkin" basic pension premiums in fiscal 2013, the welfare ministry and the Japan Pension Service said Monday. (The Japan News)
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China, Japan manufacturing grows again, euro zone falters

June 23, 2014 - 12:49
Manufacturing in China and Japan returned to growth in June after months of decline but an unexpectedly sharp fall in French business activity dragged on the wider euro zone, surveys showed on Monday. (Reuters)
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Nikkei hits 5-month closing high on Federal policy hopes, China PMI

June 23, 2014 - 08:01
Japanese shares edged up to a five-month closing high on Monday after an upbeat survey on Chinese manufacturing activity added to the positive mood from the US Federal Reserve's dovish policy stance. (Economic Times)
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Japan's celibacy issue - what's the economic cost?

June 22, 2014 - 23:35
For many people in Japan parenthood isn't appealing, which is a major problem for the world's third-largest economy as it pursues radical economic reforms in a bid to drag itself out of deflation. (
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Nikkei's 3-day winning streak comes to an end on profit-taking

June 20, 2014 - 13:10
The key Nikkei average snapped its three-day winning streak on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Friday, pressured by profit-taking amid a sense of market overheating after the recent surge. (The Japan News)
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Nikkei ends at nearly 5-month high on hopes for economic recovery

June 19, 2014 - 07:00
The Nikkei stock index rose for the third consecutive day to end at nearly a five-month high Thursday, bolstered by upbeat market sentiment amid speculation U.S. monetary easing will remain in place for some time to back an economic recovery. (Nikkei)
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Household assets rise for 5th year, up 3.3%

June 18, 2014 - 23:16
Financial assets held by households as of March 31 rose 3.3 percent from a year earlier to ¥1.63 quadrillion, hitting a record high for the end of a fiscal year, Bank of Japan data showed Wednesday. (The Japan News)
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Japan Inc. continues to hoard cash despite recovery

June 18, 2014 - 23:13
Has Abenomics restored animal spirits to corporate Japan? Not quite, at least according to one important measure. The total amount of cash held by companies in Japan continued to rise during the fiscal year ended March 31, reaching a record ¥232 trillion, or about $2.3 trillion, according to data released Wednesday by the Bank of Japan. (Wall Street Journal)
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Tokyo stocks close up 0.93pc, Nikkei 225 index climbed 139.83 points

June 18, 2014 - 07:26
Tokyo stocks closed up 0.93 percent on Wednesday with a stronger dollar supporting exporters, as investors wait for the US Federal Reserve to wrap up a policy meeting later in the day. (
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Japan trade deficit shrinks in May following tax hike

June 18, 2014 - 03:03
Japan's goods trade deficit shrank in May for the second straight month, as imports were tepid with the first consumption tax hike in 17 years from April 1 dragging down personal spending and industrial output at home, the government said Wednesday. (Kyodo)
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Japan sees ID numbers as treatment for bloated health spending

June 17, 2014 - 23:02
The Japanese government plans to expand the use of nationally issued identification numbers to health care in an effort to reduce wasteful spending. (Nikkei)
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Government releases its energy white paper

June 17, 2014 - 22:58
An annual government report warns that the rise in greenhouse gas emissions in Japan could cause international concerns over the country's stance on tackling global warming. (NHK)
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Tokyo stocks close 0.29pc higher, Nikkei 225 index added 42.68 points

June 17, 2014 - 07:59
Tokyo stocks closed 0.29 percent higher Tuesday on bargain hunting while a weaker yen boosted exporters, despite jitters over the unrest in Iraq. (
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Asia bracing for return of devastating El Nino

June 16, 2014 - 23:15
Researchers are raising the alarm that this year's climate conditions are eerily similar to those seen in 1997, when the worst El Nino phenomenon on record caused extreme drought and floods. (Nikkei)
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Abe unveils policy steps aimed at bolstering Japanese stock prices

June 16, 2014 - 15:01
The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe unveiled on Monday new policy measures it believes would benefit investors and companies, such as cutting Japan's relatively heavy corporate tax rate, with the aim of bolstering share prices at home. (Kyodo)
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BoJ chief sticks his neck out, pressures Japanese PM Abe for action

June 16, 2014 - 10:09
Bank of Japan (BOJ) Governor Haruhiko Kuroda has a simple message for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe: It`s time to fire the `third arrow` of reform or risk squandering the efforts of the past 18 months to revive the Japanese economy. (zeenews)
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