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Japan rejoining nuclear club leaves fossil fuel appetite

July 17, 2014 - 13:02
Japan is poised to rejoin the world nuclear club -- barely. Yesterday's report vouching for the safety of Kyushu Electric Power Co. (9508)'s atomic station in southern Japan means the utility's two reactors in Sendai may begin operating as soon as October or November, according to Yoko Nobuoka, a Tokyo-based analyst with Bloomberg New Energy Finance. (Bloomberg)
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Child poverty in Japan? Relatively speaking, yes.

July 17, 2014 - 12:52
According to Japan's Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare, an astonishing 16.3% of Japanese children 18 and under lived in "economic hardship" in 2012. (Forbes)
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Nikkei closes down 9 pts to 15,370

July 17, 2014 - 06:50
Japanese stocks headed south in the afternoon and the Nikkei 225 Stock Average fell 9.04 pts or 0.06%. (
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Nikkei edges down; China economic data gets muted reaction

July 16, 2014 - 08:50
Japan's Nikkei share average edged down on Wednesday after staying nearly flat for most of the session as investors took profits from gains the previous day, while China's economic data received a muted reaction from the market. (
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Minimum wage lower than welfare in 5 Japan prefectures

July 15, 2014 - 23:27
The minimum wage is lower than welfare benefits in five of Japan's 47 prefectures, reflecting rising social insurance premiums, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan inflation not to fall below one percent: BOJ Kuroda

July 15, 2014 - 22:44
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda denied the possibility on Tuesday that year-on-year growth in consumer prices in Japan, excluding the effects of the April 1 consumption tax hike, will fall below one pct this summer. (Jiji Press)
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Nikkei rises to 1-1/2-week high on U.S. optimism; Bank of Japan gets muted reaction

July 15, 2014 - 07:04
Japan's Nikkei share average climbed to a 1-1/2-week high on Tuesday after Citigroup's strong earnings and a merger and acquisition deal in the U.S. healthcare industry lifted sentiment. (Economic Times)
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Japanese women fight to break the bamboo ceiling

July 14, 2014 - 11:06
When it comes to achieving gender equality, Japan still has a very long way to go, at least according to the 2013 Global Gender Gap Report, which ranked the country 105th in the world by that measure. (The Diplomat)
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What happened to Japan's yen-driven export boom?

July 14, 2014 - 11:01
When Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe came to power in late 2012, he hoped a weaker yen would give exporters a much-needed boost as well as spur the inflation needed to revive the world's third biggest economy. (
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Nikkei snaps longest losing streak since the launch of Abenomics

July 14, 2014 - 07:31
Japan's Nikkei average gained ground on Monday, ending its longest losing streak since the "Abenomics" rally started in November 2012, led by retail buying of small- and medium-cap stocks and speculative buying of index futures. (Reuters)
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Abe sets 30% target for new women public servants

July 13, 2014 - 20:11
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged to increase the ratio of newly employed female public servants to 30 percent from the fiscal year that begins next April. (NHK)
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Japan says Pacific trade talks agree broadly on labor, health issues

July 13, 2014 - 09:11
Pacific trade talks have reached broad agreement on labor issues and sanitary and phytosanitary standards but some difficult aspects remain to be tackled, Japan's chief negotiator said on Saturday. (Reuters)
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Tokyo stocks close down 0.34pc, Nikkei 225 index fell 52.43 points

July 11, 2014 - 07:20
Tokyo stocks lost 0.34 percent on Friday after a scare over a Portuguese bank sent Wall Street lower and boosted the yen, denting exporter shares. (
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TPP talks reach accord on labor, quarantine rules

July 10, 2014 - 23:16
Negotiations in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact meeting that began here July 5 have effectively reached agreement in two areas-labor issues and quarantines related to the safety of imported food. The talks will run through Saturday. (The Japan News)
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Nikkei falls for fourth day as poor machinery figure hurts mood

July 10, 2014 - 07:29
Japan's Nikkei share average dropped for a fourth day to a fresh 1-1/2-week low on Thursday as worse-than-expected machinery data soured sentiment and U.S. Federal Reserve minutes suggested the end of its stimulus was a sign of economic strength. (Reuters)
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Nikkei drops to 1-1/2-week low on strong yen, China data

July 9, 2014 - 07:45
Japan's Nikkei share average fell to a 1-1/2-week low on Wednesday as the stronger yen hurt exporters, while cooler-than-expected China inflation data also soured sentiment. (Reuters)
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Japan, Australia sign accords on defense equipment, free trade

July 8, 2014 - 08:29
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott signed bilateral accords on Tuesday to boost cooperation on defense equipment and technology and free trade after they held summit talks in Canberra to bolster bilateral ties. (Kyodo)
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Japan's current account surplus down 7.7 pct in May

July 8, 2014 - 08:25
Japan's current account surplus in May fell 7.7 pct from a year before to 522.8 billion yen, the Ministry of Finance said Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
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Tokyo stocks close 0.42pc lower

July 8, 2014 - 08:21
Tokyo stocks ended down 0.42 percent on Tuesday after a Wall Street sell-off, while exporters were hit by a stronger yen. (
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BOJ keeps intact economic view on all 9 regions

July 7, 2014 - 15:30
The Bank of Japan said in a quarterly report Monday that it has kept its basic assessments of the current economic situation in all of the country's nine regions intact from the previous report. (Jiji Press)
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