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Japan, U.S. aim for Pacific trade pact progress before summit

April 13, 2015 - 23:29
Japanese and U.S. officials will meet from Wednesday in a bid to strike a two-way deal giving momentum to a pan-Pacific free-trade pact, the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), ahead of a leaders' summit late this month. (Reuters)
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BOJ paints brighter economic picture in 3 regions

April 13, 2015 - 22:50
The Bank of Japan on Monday painted a brighter economic picture in three of the country's nine regions, mainly citing recoveries in production and improvements in the employment situation. (Jiji Press)
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Tokyo stocks end flat amid lack of direction

April 13, 2015 - 09:28
Tokyo stocks ended virtually flat on Monday amid lackluster trading, as selling in automaker shares offset buying in select heavily weighted stocks such as Nippon Electric Glass and Alps Electronics. (
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Regional banks in Japan feel impact of central bank stimulus

April 12, 2015 - 23:09
Monetary stimulus is forcing Japan's regional banks to take risk on foreign debt and equity-like securities, the sector's most senior figure told the Financial Times, as the Bank of Japan (BoJ) easing shakes up the country's financial industry. (
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Fears grow over Nikkei strength

April 11, 2015 - 23:20
Monetary easing and optimism about the economy pushed the Nikkei stock index above 20,000 points for the first time in 15 years Friday, but analysts warn that share prices may be higher than warranted by the real economy. (Japan Times)
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Amari: 'Mini' bubble can be seen in positive light

April 10, 2015 - 23:30
Japan's Economic Revitalization Minister Akira Amari says a "mini" stock bubble can be seen in a positive light. (NHK)
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Economic policy in Japan: End of the affair

April 10, 2015 - 11:27
AN EARLY strength of Abenomics, the plan of Shinzo Abe, the prime minister, to revive Japan's economy, was the tight bond between Mr Abe and his handpicked central-bank governor, Haruhiko Kuroda. (
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Nikkei ends lower after hitting 20,000 for 1st time in 15 years

April 10, 2015 - 11:19
Tokyo stocks ended slightly lower Friday as investors locked in gains after the Nikkei index hit 20,000 points for the first time since April 17, 2000, amid heightened expectations for further corporate earnings growth in Japan. (Kyodo)
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Nikkei briefly tops 20,000 for first time in 15 years

April 10, 2015 - 05:07
Japan's Nikkei retreated from the highest level in 15 years on Friday. The Nikkei edged down 0.1% to 19,920.86, after exceeding 20,000 for the first time since April 2000 during the morning session. (Japan Today)
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Nikkei ends firm, near to 20,000, on foreign buying hopes

April 9, 2015 - 12:16
Japan's Nikkei rose to a fresh 15-year high on Thursday, getting in sight of 20,000, on hopes that foreigners will continue to buy Japanese stocks due to optimism about an economic recovery and strong corporate profits. (Reuters)
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JA Zenchu head to resign after decision on farm reforms

April 9, 2015 - 06:58
Akira Banzai, president of the Central Union of Agricultural Cooperatives, or JA Zenchu, said Thursday he will step down from the post before his second three-year term of office expires in 2017. (Reuters)
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BOJ keeps monetary policy intact

April 8, 2015 - 22:46
The Bank of Japan decided to keep its monetary policy intact at a two-day policy-setting meeting ended Wednesday although inflation is slowing on the back of falling oil prices. (Jiji Press)
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Tokyo rally shaky without long-term investors

April 8, 2015 - 12:51
The Nikkei Stock Average ended Wednesday's session at a 15-year high of 19,789.81. But although the index has moved within striking distance of the 20,000 mark, getting there may prove challenging. (Nikkei)
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Kishida: Japan may be asked for huge investment

April 7, 2015 - 12:24
Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida says the country will likely be asked to make massive investments if it decides to join the China-proposed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. (NHK)
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Japan facing domestic criticism over reluctance to join China-led bank

April 7, 2015 - 12:18
The Japanese government has become the target of growing criticism over its decision not to become a founder member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. (
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Nikkei closes at 2-week high on U.S. stocks gains

April 7, 2015 - 12:17
Tokyo stocks closed at a nearly two- week high Tuesday as investor sentiment was lifted by overnight gains on Wall Street. (
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Nikkei slips in wake of poor U.S. data

April 6, 2015 - 11:17
Tokyo shares slipped Monday after worse-than-expected U.S. jobs data prompted dollar weakness and renewed pessimism. (
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Abenomics: Great for the stock market, not so great for domestic growth

April 5, 2015 - 23:00
Japan is one of the most export-oriented economies in the world. In this context, it comes as no surprise that the policies of Abenomics are geared towards facilitating an ideal environment for export-led companies to thrive. (
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BOJ faces tough policy maneuvering

April 4, 2015 - 22:51
Japan's central bank is still faced with difficult policy maneuvering, two years after unleashing massive monetary easing measures. (NHK)
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Tokyo stocks close up 0.63%

April 3, 2015 - 11:56
Tokyo stocks gained 0.63 percent Friday after a positive lead from Wall Street while investors awaited the release of a key US jobs report later in the day. (Global Post)
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