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Olympics, easy money boosted land prices

March 19, 2014 - 21:23
Real estate investment, boosted by the business recovery and the Bank of Japan's monetary easing policy, coupled with Tokyo's hosting of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, have led to the first increase in land prices in the nation's three major urban areas in six years. (The Japan News)
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Nikkei rises to one-week high as worries on Ukraine contained

March 19, 2014 - 07:01
Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a one-week high on Wednesday on hopes the Ukraine crisis will not deepen, but a widely-anticipated market debut by Japan Display disappointed, with the shares dropping below their offer price. (Reuters)
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Tepid exports cloud Japan outlook, more BOJ stimulus eyed after sales tax rise

March 19, 2014 - 06:49
Japan's annual export growth in February was short of market expectations and a Bank of Japan policymaker warned about the outlook as the world's third-largest economy faces a sales tax hike next month that could dent economic activity. (Reuters)
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Japan govt considering reducing tax deductions for spouses

March 18, 2014 - 21:52
The Japanese government is considering reducing or abolishing a tax deduction system for spouses that has been criticized for keeping women out of the workforce, officials said Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
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Land prices in Japan's big cities rise for the first time in six years

March 18, 2014 - 10:41
Land prices in Japan's largest cities rose for the first time in six years in 2013 while declines slowed in the rest of the country, data showed on Tuesday, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's loose-money policies spurred asset purchases. (Reuters)
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Nikkei rebounds from 6-week low, helped by some relief on Ukraine

March 18, 2014 - 07:06
Japanese shares rebounded on Tuesday, taking heart from gains on Wall Street on relief that the threat of immediate military conflict in Ukraine receded and on fairly upbeat U.S. data. (msn.com)
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Global warming may cost Japan 4.7 bil. a year

March 17, 2014 - 22:15
Japanese researchers say failure to take stronger action against global warming could end up costing Japan billions of dollars a year by the end of this century. (NHK)
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Tokyo shares end down after Crimean vote stirs tensions, yen rise

March 17, 2014 - 07:48
Tokyo stocks fell for the fourth straight session Monday, as weekend exit polls showing Crimeans voted to break away from Ukraine and join Russia, leading to increased international tension and a rise in the yen. (Wall Street Journal)
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Nikkei slides 3.3 pct as Ukraine, China anxiety sees biggest weekly drop in 9 months

March 14, 2014 - 06:29
Japanese stocks tumbled 3.3 percent to a one-month low on Friday, suffering their biggest weekly drop in nine months as concerns over Ukraine and slowing growth in China hurt risk-appetite and drove a safety-bid towards the yen. (Reuters)
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Japan's pension giant: Risk on

March 13, 2014 - 22:21
The world's largest pension fund is changing the way it invests, with big consequences for the market. (The Economist)
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Jan. core machinery orders up 13.4%

March 13, 2014 - 21:58
Seasonally adjusted core machinery orders in January rose 13.4 percent from the previous month, marking the second sharpest monthly growth since comparable data became available in April 2005, the Cabinet Office said. (The Japan News)
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Nikkei sheds 0.10% on China's economic data, firm yen

March 13, 2014 - 09:59
Tokyo stocks edged down Thursday with the benchmark Nikkei stock index losing 0.10 percent on the yen's firmness and as economic data in China came in below expectations. (Xinhua)
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Japan currency under pressure

March 12, 2014 - 22:35
The consensus among currency strategists is that the Japanese yen will ­continue to weaken against the US dollar in particular over the course of 2014 - but also against a number of other currencies - largely as a result of the decimation of Japan's currency account surplus. (afr.com)
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Japan top firms raise pay; but benefit seen blunted by sales tax hike

March 12, 2014 - 21:49
Big Japanese companies such as Toyota Motor Corp offered the most generous pay raises in years on Wednesday, a victory for the government's efforts to defeat deflation, but workers will still struggle to offset a looming sales tax increase. (Reuters)
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Nikkei Average falls below 15,000 points

March 12, 2014 - 11:06
On the Tokyo Stock Exchange, share prices fell across the board on Wednesday due to uncertainty about China's economy. (NHK)
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Nikkei rises on commodity stocks, but TSE volume lowest since mid-Oct

March 11, 2014 - 06:43
Japan's Nikkei average gained on Tuesday as investors scooped up battered commodity stocks, but trading volume was thin as caution over an economic slowdown in China and Ukraine tensions kept traders on the sidelines. (brecorder.com)
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Many Japan firms seen offering base salary hikes

March 10, 2014 - 22:02
An increasing number of major Japanese companies are poised to propose implementing base salary hikes as this year's "shunto" wage negotiations are entering the final stretch. (Jiji Press)
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Nikkei falls from 5-week high on China data, Ukraine worries

March 10, 2014 - 06:39
Japanese shares retreated from a five-week high on Monday as disappointing Chinese trade data and uncertainty over the crisis in Ukraine prompted investors to lock in recent gains. (Reuters)
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Japan fourth-quarter growth, external balance suffer blow in test for Abenomics

March 10, 2014 - 06:27
Japan's economic recovery suffered a blow at the end of last year and the current account deficit ballooned to a record in January, raising fears of a stumble in the world's third-largest economy as activity wilts ahead of a sales tax increase in April. (Reuters)
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Over 60 percent of Japanese unhappy with consumer relief

March 8, 2014 - 22:57
Over 60 pct of Japanese people are dissatisfied with measures taken by authorities to save consumers from problems including mislabeling and fraudulent sales, a Cabinet Office survey showed Saturday. (Jiji Press)
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