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Nikkei slips as U.S. air strikes hurt sentiment, lift yen

September 24, 2014 - 08:06
Japanese shares stepped back on Wednesday, after U.S. air strikes in Syria dampened risk sentiment and curbed the yen's fall - the main driver of the market's rally in the past several weeks. (Reuters)
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No more Japan-U.S. ministerial talks on TPP: Amari

September 24, 2014 - 05:41
Japan does not intend to have any more ministerial meeting with the United States on Trans-Pacific Partnership multilateral free trade negotiations, Japanese TPP Minister Akira Amari said Tuesday before a two-day such meeting in Washington. (Jiji Press)
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August supermarket sales down

September 22, 2014 - 23:02
Supermarket sales across Japan fell in August for a fifth straight month, due to bad weather. (NHK)
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Tokyo shares lose ground on profit-taking

September 22, 2014 - 07:57
Tokyo stocks lost ground Monday as investors sought to lock in recent gains after the Nikkei index jumped to a roughly seven-year high late last week. (
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Govt seeks 'compact cities' to concentrate facilities, save money

September 21, 2014 - 22:10
As part of efforts to transform increasingly depopulated regional cities into "compact cities," the central government will encourage local governments to relocate aged public facilities to the premises or buildings of regional offices that are scheduled to be rebuilt by the national government, according to sources. (The Japan News)
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G-20 to take additional steps to support growth

September 21, 2014 - 04:04
Finance chiefs of the Group of 20 industrial and developing economies agreed Sunday to take additional measures to ensure meeting their commitment to a growth target amid increasing risks. (Kyodo)
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Weak yen less advantegeous as more plants move abroad

September 19, 2014 - 23:44
The recent rapid weakening of the yen against the U.S. dollar has brought both joy and sorrow to Japanese firms. (The Japan News)
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Japanese stocks end at seven-year high

September 19, 2014 - 08:05
Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index has closed at its highest level in nearly seven years, with the tumbling yen propelling the Japanese market and investors breathing a sigh of relief over Scotland's vote to stay in the United Kingdom. (
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Japan metro residential land prices log 1st rise in 6 years

September 18, 2014 - 22:56
The average price of residential land in Japan's three metropolitan areas in and around Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya as of July 1 rose from a year before, up for the first time in six years, the land ministry said in an annual report Thursday. (Jiji Press)
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Nikkei posts biggest daily gain in two weeks as weak yen powers exporters

September 18, 2014 - 07:44
Japan's Nikkei share average closed at a new eight-month high and posted the biggest daily rise in two weeks on Thursday, with a weak yen giving exporters a boost despite disappointing trade data which showed the softer currency is not significantly buoying sales. (Reuters)
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Dollar at 6-year high of mid-108 yen level in early Tokyo deals

September 18, 2014 - 02:43
The U.S. dollar traded at a six-year high around the mid-108 yen level early Thursday in Tokyo amid growing speculation that interest rate hikes in the United States may come sooner than expected. (Kyodo)
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Japan shares fall before Fed decision on monetary policy

September 17, 2014 - 07:13
Japanese shares fell for a second day, after the Topix (TPX) index posted five days of gains, as investors await a policy decision by the Federal Reserve. (
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Foreign direct investment in China falls again

September 17, 2014 - 00:04
Foreign direct investment into China is continuing to shrink on the back of rising labor costs. (NHK)
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More women aged 25-44 playing a role in workforce

September 16, 2014 - 23:51
The percentage of women at ages associated with child-rearing who are actively participating in the workforce has been increasing and recently hit a record high, according to a monthly survey by the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry. (The Japan News)
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Tokyo shares end lower by break on profit taking

September 16, 2014 - 10:07
Tokyo shares ended the morning session lower on Tuesday as traders here intended to take profits after recent rally. (
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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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