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OECD cuts growth outlook for G-7, worried about euro area

September 15, 2014 - 23:21
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development on Monday cut its economic outlook for the Group of Seven nations in 2014, including Japan, while expecting a moderate expansion to continue in most of the major economies. (Kyodo)
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S. Korea to review import ban on Japan marine products

September 15, 2014 - 22:50
The South Korean government announced Monday it will examine whether it needs to keep in place its ban on imports of marine foods from eight Japanese prefectures including Fukushima, which was hit hard by the 2011 nuclear accident. (Jiji Press)
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Japan's Abe says 'neutral' on whether to raise sales tax to 10%

September 14, 2014 - 23:15
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Sunday he remained "neutral" on whether to proceed with a hike in Japan's sales tax to 10 per cent, adding that decision would hinge on the strength of economic indicators for the current quarter. (
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ASEM ministers concerned over fragile global growth

September 13, 2014 - 07:28
Finance ministers from Asian and European nations on Friday expressed concerns over weak growth of the world economy. (Jiji Press)
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Abe: New space development plan within year-end

September 13, 2014 - 06:04
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has instructed relevant Cabinet ministers to compile a new basic space development program by the end of this year, in the backdrop of a rapidly changing national security environment. (NHK)
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Abe calls for regional revitalization measures

September 13, 2014 - 01:59
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has urged his Cabinet ministers to work out measures to revitalize regional communities. (NHK)
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Japan hosts intl. conference on empowering women

September 13, 2014 - 01:57
A conference on empowering women opened in Tokyo on Friday with more than 100 female leaders from around the world taking part. (NHK)
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Nikkei ends at 8-month high as weak yen lifts exporters

September 12, 2014 - 07:31
Japanese share prices rose for the fifth straight session on Friday to end at an eight-month high, with exporters leading the gains on the yen's weakness. (Reuters)
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Kuroda hints at additional BOJ easing to underpin economy

September 11, 2014 - 22:46
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held talks with Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda on Thursday amid increasing signs of headwinds in the face of efforts to revive the country's economy, with the central bank chief saying he would not hesitate to additionally ease monetary policy. (Kyodo)
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Nikkei rises to near 8-month high on weak yen

September 11, 2014 - 07:06
Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a near eight-month high on Thursday morning as the weak yen lifted sentiment ahead of a meeting later in the day between the central bank governor and prime minister fuelled expectations for additional easing. (
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Japan, US to keep trying on TPP

September 10, 2014 - 23:07
Negotiators from Japan and the United States have once again walked away from trade talks empty-handed. But they will keep trying to reach an agreement on their part in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact. (NHK)
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Nikkei rises as yen plumbs 6-year lows

September 10, 2014 - 08:10
Japan's Nikkei share average closed higher on Wednesday, erasing earlier losses after the yen plumbed its weakest levels for six years against the dollar, which lifted exporters such as Honda Motor Co and Panasonic Corp. (
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BOJ's action could further weaken yen

September 9, 2014 - 23:11
The Bank of Japan bought government bonds with negative yields Tuesday in an apparent effort to demonstrate its commitment to large-scale monetary easing, which could further push down long rates and the value of the yen. (Nikkei)
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Nikkei rises as yen slips to 6-year low vs dollar; oil shares lag

September 9, 2014 - 07:28
Japanese stocks edged up on Tuesday after the yen dropped to a six-year low against the dollar, lifting exporters such as Honda Motor Co and Sony Corp, but weak crude oil prices weighed on energy shares. (Reuters)
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Dollar stays firm in lower 106 yen zone near 6-yr high amid U.S. optimism

September 9, 2014 - 05:09
The U.S. dollar stayed in the lower 106 yen zone in Tokyo on Tuesday morning, in the wake of its surge in New York overnight, to hover near its six-year high as a combination of statements by economic heavyweights convinced traders the Federal Reserve is on track to hike interest rates sooner than expected. (Nikkei)
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Nikkei rises as US jobs data signals low rates

September 8, 2014 - 07:52
Japanese stocks edged up on Monday in choppy trade as weaker-than-expected US jobs data spurred hopes that US interest rates will stay low, while Rakuten Inc tumbled on news of a deal to buy a US rebate site operator. (Economic Times)
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Japan economy suffers biggest setback in over 5 yrs

September 8, 2014 - 06:13
Japan's economy suffered its worst setback in more than five years in the second quarter of 2014, raising concern the April 1 sales tax hike has had a bigger impact on the economy than initially believed, government data showed Monday. (Kyodo)
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New welfare minister tasked with pension fund reform

September 7, 2014 - 00:16
Japan's new welfare minister tasked with reforming the country's 110 trillion yen pension fund is a Harvard-educated former central banker with a sharp sense of the reforms that markets want to see and a willingness to buck the system. (Japan Today)
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Bad weather, anemic wages hinder Japan's recovery

September 7, 2014 - 00:07
The Japanese economy appears to be recovering more slowly than anticipated, as bad weather kept would-be shoppers at home and wages failed to keep pace with rising prices. (Nikkei)
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Amari: Speed up Japan-US talks for TPP agreement

September 5, 2014 - 23:42
Economic Revitalization Minister Akira Amari says if the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks fail to reach a broad agreement by the end of this year, the talks will continue for a long time. (NHK)
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