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Calls for tax hike delay growing louder

March 17, 2016 - 20:18
Calls for a delay in the planned increase in the consumption tax rate are growing all around Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. (
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Stiglitz: Tax hike is wrong direction

March 16, 2016 - 20:18
Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz has expressed a negative view toward the Japanese government's scheduled raising of the consumption tax rate from 8 percent to 10 percent in April next year. (
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Bank of Japan keeps monetary policy steady

March 15, 2016 - 07:17
Japan's central bank kept its powder dry at its March policy review on Tuesday, with economists only expecting further stimulus in July as the central bank waits to assess the impact of its uncharted entry into negative interest rates. (
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January machinery orders up 15%

March 14, 2016 - 08:31
Japan's core machinery orders in January rose 15 percent from the previous month in yen terms. The second consecutive monthly rise is the largest since fiscal 2005, when comparable data became available. (NHK)
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BOJ to look at negative interest rate exemption

March 14, 2016 - 00:22
The Bank of Japan's policy board is set to discuss this week whether to exempt $90 billion in short-term funds from its newly imposed negative interest rate, people familiar with the matter said, after the securities industry warned that investment money would be driven into bank deposits. (
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Govt to disclose info on how pension assets are invested

March 14, 2016 - 00:11
The government intends to disclose information on stocks and bonds owned by the Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF), which manages pension reserves, and other information after a certain period of time. (
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Japanese investors binge on debt abroad amid negative yields at home

March 10, 2016 - 22:07
Japanese investors are scooping up bonds overseas to flee negative yields at home, driving a global debt-market rally. (Japan Times)
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